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Pownal mobile home park for sale

Posted March 31, 2011

Source: Bennington Banner, March 31, 2011, by Keith Whitcomb Jr.

“POWNAL — The Barber’s Pond Mobile Home Park is up for sale.

As per state law, the residents of the park have 45 days from the date of a notice sent to them to express interest in buying the park themselves or having a non-profit organization buy it for them, said Arthur Hamlin of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). [More …]


Home prices falling in most major U.S. cities

Posted March 29, 2011

Source: Burlington Free Press, March 29, 2011, by Janna Herron

“NEW YORK — Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and the average prices in four of them are at their lowest point in 11 years.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index released Tuesday shows price declines in 19 cities from December to January. Eleven of them are at their lowest level since the housing bust, in 2006 and 2007. The index fell for the sixth straight month. [More …]


2010 Mobile Home Park Registry and Report Available

Posted March 22, 2011

The 2010 Mobile Home Park Registry and Report are available.  Some nonprofit parks had lot rent increases while some others had decreased rent. This means that the median lot rent for nonprofit and cooperative parks for 2010 was unchanged from 2009, at $265.  The lot rent for investor owned (for profit) parks increased from $305 to $310.

You can find the 2010 Registry and Mobile Home Parks Report and other information on this page on the VT Department of Housing and Communities Affairs website:

For more information contact: Arthur Hamlin, VT Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, 802.828.3211.


Federal Budget Update

Posted March 21, 2011

Source: Memo to Members, March 18, 2011, Vol. 16, Issue No. 11.

On March, 15, Congress passed its 6th Continuing Resolution (CR). This CR lasts three weeks and extends to April 8th. It cuts an additional $6 billion from the federal budget ($4 billion was cut from the previous CR). As far as HUD programs are concerned, most were unharmed, though the Brownfields program was eliminated.  The Senate and the House still need to come up with an agreement on the budget for the rest of FY11.

More Information: Memo to Members


New Fair Housing Analysis: Rural Fair Housing Complaints and Enforcement


Source: Housing Assistance Council, March 16, 2011, Vol. 40, No. 6

HAC analyzed over 91,000 fair housing complaints in a HUD dataset that includes violations filed with HUD and FHAP agencies from FY98 to FY08. The reasons for complaints are generally similar in urban and rural areas, with disability replacing race during the past five years as the most common basis for complaint. The report includes advice from experienced rural fair housing providers.

Find the report here: Rural Fair Housing Complaints and Enforcement.


Winter 2011 Fair Housing Newsletter


Take a look at CVOEO’s  Winter 2010-2011 Fair Housing Advocate newsletter.

The CVOEO Fair Housing Project works to eradicate housing discrimination in Vermont through education, outreach and enforcement of fair housing laws. The FHP has conducted several studies funded by HUD on fair housing rental and sales practices in Vermont. The FHP advocates for victims of discrimination and conducts screening to help determine whether or not a case has merit and makes appropriate referrals to enforcement agencies. In addition, the FHP has created public awareness campaigns including bus advertisements, radio and televised public service announcements, and educational trainings.


Upcoming Fair Housing Training


AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. This workshop will explain the relationship between fair housing law and land use regulations. Tools will be provided to help municipalities avoid violating federal and state fair housing laws.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
1-3:30 PM
Bethel Town Hall
318 Main Street
Bethel, VT [More …]


New Report on Exiting Homeless Shelters


Source: The University of Chicago Press. By, Author(s): Linda Weinreb, Debra J. Rog, Kathryn A. Henderson. Source: The Social Service Review, Vol. 84, No. 4 (December 2010), pp. 597-614.
Stable URL: .

There’s a new report out that focuses on the barriers and facilitators for families to get out of shelters and into long-term sustainable housing. The study found that that the reason some families stay longer in shelter is due to available resources, not individual problems.

Read it here: Exiting Shelter: An Epidemiological Analysis of Barriers and Facilitators for Families.


VAHC’s A*VISTA on Housing in Review: CH. 17

Posted March 18, 2011

Watch VAHC’s AmeriCorps VISTA, Santina Leporati, talk about her position at VAHC and the work that VAHC does:


Danielle Bombardier “VHCB AmeriCorps Member” hosts with Janet Green. Tonight they speak with Santina Leporati, A*Vista Communicatins and Outreach Coordinator, with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.


1 Thursday March 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM
2 Friday March 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM
3 Monday March 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM
4 Monday March 28, 2011 at 3:00 PM


More information on upcoming Town Meetings sponsored by Senator Sanders

Posted March 17, 2011

More information on upcoming Town Meetings sponsored by Senator Sanders to discuss impact of program cuts can be found at:


–>  03/19/11 Town Meeting in Barre

–>  03/21/11 Town Meeting in St. Albans

–>  03/23/11 Town Meeting in Bennington

–>  03/24/11 Town Meeting in South Burlington


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