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Homeless forced from popular camp in South Burlington

Posted June 29, 2011

Source:, 6/28/11, by Gina Bullard

“Cheryl Grey says she feels like she’s been homeless forever.

“Now I have no food, no rent money, nothing,” she said.

She’s been out on the streets begging for months, holding a sign that says she’s one month pregnant. She went to panhandle at the intersection of Interstate 189 and Shelburne Road Tuesday after hearing it was a good spot to make extra cash.

“They said there’s lots of traffic and they stop right there so you have a good chance of somebody stopping and kicking down something,” Grey said.

But Tuesday was move out day for the group of transients that are normally begging at this busy intersection. [More …]


Information on how to apply for FEMA flood relief


Contact VERMONT 2-1-1, a program of United Ways of Vermont (simply dial 2-1-1), for more information including FEMA assistance in other counties in the state.

Folks affected by flooding have less than 60 DAYS to apply for FEMA Assistance in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

Three ways to apply:

1) CALL-  1-800-621-3362


–> Mallets Bay Fire Department, Church Road, Colchester;
–> 10 Precision Lane, Swanton; and
–> 140 Fishers Pond Road, St. Albans

The following information will be needed:
–> Social Security number
–> Current and pre-disaster address
–> Telephone number where you can be contacted
–> Insurance information
–> Total household annual income
–> A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)
Lookup your bank routing number at:
–> A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster

The dates to apply cover from June 16th when Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties were declared federal disaster areas.  To emphasis, if anyone has any reason to believe that they affected by the flooding they need to apply.  Contact 2-1-1 for information on other counties affected by flooding or more information.

Up to $30,200 in grants may be available from FEMA and up to $200,000 in very small interest loans from SBA.   If you apply to FEMA you are automatically applying to SBA.   SBA will then send a packet out to be completed (and it must be completed).

Keep ALL RECEIPTS that come from flooding loss that are paid after June 16th.


Housing Discrimination Law Training


When: Tuesday July 12 from 3 – 4:30

Where: McClure Multigenerational Center, 241 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT

Rachel Batterson, Vermont Legal Aid

RSVP by July 7!

Call Sara Zeno @ VLA @ 863-7151


Learn about housing discrimination law!

Mingle with your nonprofit housing compatriots!

Get your questions answered!

Get your answers questioned!

Fun! Fun! Fun! for all!



Posted June 28, 2011

Source: Cathedral Square Corporation

Enterprise Community Partner, a national leader in affordable housing and development capital, has selected Cathedral Square Corporation as one of four host communities for an Enterprise Rose Fellow.    Enterprise has awarded Cathedral Square a $144,000, three year grant to fund fellowship work on a range of CSC design and development projects focused on excellence in senior housing. The Fellowship also offers an opportunity to focus on policy issues that encourage sustainability and smart development.  Rose Fellows are highly skilled architects who wish to expand their skills doing community development work with an affordable housing organization.  Cathedral Square was chosen for its track record and goals to achieve design excellence and energy efficiency in service enriched senior housing.  Enterprise Community Partners conducts a national competition for the fellowship, and fellows are chosen from applicants who are emerging leaders in the field.

Architects who are interested in this opportunity should visit the website .   The selection process is currently underway, and the Rose Fellow will begin work at Cathedral Square in January of 2012.


New Housing Materials from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Posted June 27, 2011

Source: Memo from Barbara Sard at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/24/11

New (old) Section 8 legislation

A subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing yesterday on a new version of the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act.  The draft bill, named the Section 8 Savings Act, or SESA, has many important provisions but could be improved by adding some additional policies from prior versions of SEVRA while avoiding controversial changes that may derail the bill.  The subcommittee may hold additional hearings on the issue of Section 8 reform, and it isn’t clear yet when an actual bill will be filed and acted on by the committee.  Materials available from CBPP:

We held an audioconference on June 20 about the SESA draft and related advocacy issues.  If you’d like a copy of the recording of the audioconference, contact Shaunya Owens at

Deficit reduction and housing/community development programs

As you hear the news about the high-level deficit reduction negotiations now occurring in advance of the August 2 deadline to increase the debt limit, you may have been wondering what impact if any the outcome of these discussions will have on the affordable housing and community development programs you care about.  Our new paper, Unbalanced Approach to Deficit Reduction Could Cripple Housing and Community Development Programs, provides the answer: housing and community development programs could face crippling cuts over time if Congress and the Obama Administration agree to a deficit reduction plan that relies primarily or entirely on spending reductions rather than on a balanced mix that includes a significant revenue contribution.  The paper, by Douglas Rice and Barbara Sard, includes estimates of the program level impact in 2012 of the House budget and funding allocations.

In addition to including significant additional revenue, it is essential that any budget enforcement mechanism included in a deficit reduction agreement must trigger both spending cuts and additional revenues.  Any required savings in discretionary programs should be balanced between security and non-security spending and should have two separate spending caps; any shortfall in meeting the security targets should not result in additional cuts in non-security spending (which includes housing and community development funding).  If revenues are not included discretionary caps must be set for the shortest duration possible while keeping the weakness of the economy in mind.  (Deep, immediate spending cuts could further increase unemployment.)
HUD releases capital needs study

HUD today released an estimate that capital needs in public housing in 2010 totaled $25.6 billion.  The estimate is based on the first systematic study of public housing renovation needs since 1998.  As a blog post Will Fischer discussed, the finding underscores the need for Congress to avoid further cuts to public housing funding and take action on the Administration’s proposal to test conversion of some public housing developments to Section 8 subsidies.

Barbara Sard
Vice President for Housing Policy
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Main: 202-408-1080
Direct: 202-325-8819
Mobile: 202-380-5973


June 30 National Housing Trust Fund Webinar


Learn the latest on NHTF funding prospects and regulations

Join the National Low Income Housing Coalition on Thursday, June 30 at 3pm ET for a special NLIHC webinar on the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley will explain the options and prospects for NHTF funding, outline the development of HUD regulations, and highlight steps that advocates can take to make a positive impact on the NHTF.

Click here to register for the webinar. [More …]


Patrick Flood talks to WCAX about Homelessness in VT and the Governor’s Summit

Posted June 23, 2011

Source:, June 21, 2011,

The VT Deputy Secretary of Human Services, Patrick Flood was on the :30 on WCAX to talk about the Governor’s Summit on Housing for the Homeless and Homelessness in VT in general.

“The goal of the summit at the Statehouse was to try to better coordinate services and get homeless people into permanent affordable housing. But with a tight state budget and limited resources, solving the homeless problem in Vermont could prove to be difficult.”

Watch Video here: Patrick Flood on Homelessness in VT



Northgate Reception for HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Feilds – Monday, 6/27


You are invited to a reception to welcome our new HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. Join us for light refreshments and good conversation.

Monday, June 27, 5-6pm, Northgate Community Hall, Burlington

Please RSVP by emailing any of the following folks: Santina Leporati, Abby Russell or  Erhard Mahnke[More …]


VHFA Hiring for two positions

Posted June 22, 2011

The Vermont Housing Finance Agency currently has two job openings:

1. Loan Servicing Assistant

Vermont Housing Finance Agency, located in Burlington, Vt., has an immediate opening for a part-time Loan Servicing Assistant. This is a 1-year temporary position with benefits. This position will provide administrative and data entry support to the Agency’s REO/Foreclosure function of our Homeownership Department.

2. Homeownership Outreach Coordinator

Vermont Housing Finance Agency, located in Burlington, Vt., has an immediate opening for a Homeownership Outreach Coordinator. This is a great opportunity to work with the Agency’s housing partners around the state to provide affordable housing to low- and moderate-income Vermonters.

For complete job descriptions, click here: VHFA Career Opportunities

To Apply: VHFA offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume and references to our Human Resources/ Office Manager. Deadline for Loan Servicing Assistant is June 28.


South Burlington puts a two year freeze on new housing development


Source:, 6/20/11

“Janice Sabett’s family is digging in for their first summer at their new home in the Summerfield Neighborhood on Hinesburg Road.

They moved here from Colorado and Sabett says the neighborhood developments are what attracted them to South Burlington.

Sabett explained, “Our kids more prefer a neighborhood where they can meet friends and be near the U-mall, school and sporting events.”

But Sabett’s neighbors down the road remember when all of this land was rolling hills. [More …]


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