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Housing Bust: No End In Sight

Posted May 31, 2011

Source: VPR news, May 31, 2011, by Jacob Goldstein, (PDF)

“Nobody’s home.

U.S. home prices fell to new, post-bubble lows in March, according to the latest Case-Shiller home price numbers. And with the wave of foreclosures continuing, it’s hard to see an end to the housing bust.

Foreclosures and short sales are a key driver of falling home prices. They contribute to the glut of houses on the market, and tend to sell at discounted prices.

There are still nearly two million houses in the foreclosure pipeline, according to RealtyTrac. [More …]


Event: Thayer Commons Groundbreaking Ceremony


When: June 13, 2011, 9:30 AM | Where: New North End – old site of DMV, 1193 North Avenue, Burlington, VT

Cathedral Square Corporation, Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont & EF Farrell invite you to join special guest Senator Patrick Leahy at a ground breaking ceremony in the New North End with housing for all ages and incomes.

More information: Cathedral Square, 802.863.2224, Event Flyer



Renters, young people flock to Burlington, Winooski


Source: Burlington FreePress, May 26, 2011, by Matt Sutkoski

“Winooski and Burlington are unlike the rest of Vermont in at least two key respects, according to U.S. Census data released today.The two Chittenden County cities are much younger and have far more people renting their homes than owning them, compared with the rest of Vermont, the data show. [More …]


Plattsburgh flood victims need help finding new homes

Posted May 26, 2011

Source:, May 24, 2011, by Matt Hensen

“Crews continue to repair the flood-ravaged Lakeside Apartments in Plattsburgh. Several feet of water from Lake Champlain flooded dozens of first floor apartments, forcing the city to cut power to the complex. All 200 residents were evacuated. Residents will not be allowed to return until later this summer. Some couldn’t wait that long. [More …]


Brattleboro Housing Authority to take down Hayes Court and replace with new housing


Source: Brattleboro Reformer, May 25, 2011, by Jaime Cone

“WEST BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Housing Authority announced Tuesday afternoon that it will demolish the existing buildings of public housing development Hayes Court to accommodate the construction of an enhanced living facility at the same location.

After years of exploring various options for constructing the new facility, the Brattleboro Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to pursue the redevelopment and inform the tenants on Tuesday. [More …]


Burlington Wins National Award for Affordable Housing Program

Posted May 25, 2011

PRESS RELEASE – May 24, 2011. Contacts: Brian Pine, Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office, 802 865-7232; Chris Donnelly, Champlain Housing Trust 802 861-7305.

Burlington Wins National Award for Affordable Housing Program

Program has helped fund more than 1200 affordable homes since 1992

“Burlington, VT – The City of Burlington was recognized today at an announcement by Governor Peter Shumlin for winning a prestigious national affordable housing program award from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD announced the Doorknocker Awards at the 20th anniversary of the HOME Program earlier this month. The HOME Program is a block grant to states and cities used to fund housing affordable to lower-income Americans. Burlington received one of only 14 awards presented nationally, and of those one of just four recognized in the category of permanently affordable housing, among the nearly 650 participating jurisdictions.  Overall Vermont received two of the 14 awards – the other going to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, which was also recognized at today’s event. [More …]


VAHC hiring two full-time, year-round AmeriCorps VISTA’s

Posted May 24, 2011

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is looking to hire two full-time, year-round AmeriCorps VISTA’s.

Interested applicants must apply online at > go to advanced opportunity search> under program type, selcect AmeriCorps VISTA> Under state, select Vermont> under program name, type in VYT. Our position is located on the 3rd page of VYT AmeriCorps job announcements.

Applicants must also send CV and Resume to Santina Leporati at:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Santina by the above email address or call (802) 660-9484.



Shumlin to address regional sustainability meeting


Source: VTdigger, May 22, 2011, Press Release by David Raphael, LandWorks

“Governor Shumlin to Address Regional Sustainability Meeting

Governor Peter Shumlin will provide the opening remarks at the upcoming retreat planned for the Steering Committee and Project Partners involved in the ECOS Project – a 2 year regional sustainability initiative funded with a $1 million grant from the HUD Sustainable Communities Project. The gathering is scheduled from 8:30 AM to 1 PM on Wednesday May 25 at the Ethan Allen Center on College Street in Burlington. [More …]


Habitat dedicates new home in Shaftsbury


Source: Bennington Banner, May 22, 2011, by Zeke Wright“SHAFTSBURY — Bennington Habitat had some new obstacles during construction of their 12th home, dedicated this past Sunday in Shaftsbury. 

Construction on the Giorgi home on Furnace Brook Road began last fall even before Habitat had formally dedicated its previous build on Silver Street in Bennington. Working through the winter presented new challenges but also the same old rewards for participating volunteers. [More …]


John Kerry introduces new legislation aimed at decreasing the numbers of LGBT homeless youth

Posted May 17, 2011

Source:, Posted by Natalie Hope McDonald on 5/17/2011.

“As many as 1.6 million young people become homeless each year in the U.S., according to a report from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Of these young people, up to 40 percent are LGBT. And that’s why Sen. John Kerry has introduced the Reconnecting Youth to Prevent Homelessness Act, legislation that targets young people living on the streets. [More …]


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