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Very sad news…

Posted July 28, 2011

Phil Holmes, Director of the HUD Multifamily Program Center at the Manchester Field Office, died tragically in a motorcycle accident last night in New Hampshire.

A long-time friend and supporter of affordable housing in Vermont and throughout Northern New England, Phil had been at HUD since the early 1990’s, around the time of the completion of the Northgate Rehab. Phil had been very active with the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Housing Manager Associations over the years and was a good friend to many of the owners, managers and agency people he worked with on HUD issues and housing policy. He was a strong advocate of HUD’s Risk Share insurance program and expansion of Computer Learning Centers in HUD’s assisted housing.

Most recently, Phil was closely involved with the Vergennes Senior Housing project, where many of us saw him at the ribbon cutting only a few short weeks ago. Folks who knew him through his work with Northgate especially appreciated his strong support for its unique resident ownership model. Phil will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues in Vermont. 


HOOKSETT, N.H. — Hooksett police said one man was killed in accident that shut down a section of Route 3 for several hours Wednesday night. 

Police said the accident happened around 9 p.m. on Hooksett Road, also known as Route 3. Authorities said a pickup truck, driven by 40-year-old Michael Hanes, was turning left onto Pleasant Street when it collided with a motorcycle. Hooksett police said the operator of the motorcycle, 62-year-old Philip Holmes, died at Elliot Hospital from injuries suffered in the crash.

Hooksett Road was shut down between Pleasant Street and the Allenstown line until 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

The accident remains under investigation.

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities releases report on Section 8

Posted July 22, 2011

Source: CBPP, 7/21/11

“The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has released a new report on Section 8:

· Contrary to the concerns expressed by some lawmakers, there is no evidence that the Section 8 rental assistance programs for low-income families — the Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Rental Assistance programs — are crowding out spending on other HUD programs.  Indeed, an analysis of program spending data shows that Section 8’s share of HUD spending has changed little since the late 1990s. [More …]


Federal Update on Deficit/Budget


FYI – Here’s the latest on the deficit/budget crisis and other DC updates from the perspective of the National Association of HUD Tenants (NAHT). There’s some good information here that you may not get from other national updates. There is also a good analysis of the Gang of Six proposal from Bernie’s office at bottom. [More …]


Vermont Housing Data website adds latest Census findings


Source: Housing Matters Blog, 7/20/11

“The Vermont Housing Data has added hundreds of Census data including Census 2010 demographic information and detailed estimates on home heating sources and housing cost burdens from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). [More …]


Affordable Housing Common Application Information Meeting

Posted July 20, 2011

There will be  a brief common rental application informational meeting on August 23rd, following the Fair Housing training and VHMA 30th anniversary lunch at  Shelburne Farms from 1:45pm-3:30pm. (See Memo)

The VHMA, VHFA, VHCB, and DEHCD have been working on a common rental application for affordable housing properties throughout Vermont. They have produced a draft common rental application and are looking to get feedback from the community in order to finalize the application and place it at its permanent location on the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH) website.

They will be available to answer questions on the Common Application and would also like to take a little time to get feedback from interested managers on some of the issues raised at the recent Governor’s Summit on Homelessness.

More information: Robin Howe, Vermont Housing Financy Agency, 802.652.3448, Email


RD section 515 NOFA for Multi-Family Housing projects Announced

Posted July 19, 2011

Source: Robert McDonald, Housing Director VT/NH, Rural Development, US Dept. of Agriculture, 7/13/11

The RD section 515 NOFA for Multi-Family Housing projects was published on July 13, 2011.

All applications must be submitted with 45 days, and they encourage early filing if possible due to the late publication of this NOFA.

Proposed projects can only be accepted in designated places. We have also attached the designated place list for NH and VT (see below).

More information:

Sect 515 NOFA

NH Designated Place List

VT Designated Place List [More …]


VT State Housing Authority Awarded with 15 New Veterans Vouchers


Source: Richard Williams, Executive Director of the Vermont State Housing Authority, 7/14/11; Press release from HUD & VA; Press release from U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) was awarded with 15 new Veterans vouchers from the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) & the department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The vouchers are from HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH). This program provides permanent housing and supportive services to Veterans. Overall, HUD awarded $46.2 million to public housing agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to supply permanent housing and case management for 6,790 homeless Veterans in America. This funding is from the FY11 budget as part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015. (See the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness).

Press Releases:


Dept. of Defense


Spectrum receives pledge from Warren Buffett’s sister


Source: Burlington FreePress, 7/14/11, by Mike Donoghue

“Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett, has pledged $200,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington to create a second home for formerly homeless teens and young adults.The pledge comes in the form of a challenge grant through Doris Buffet’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Spectrum must raise an equal amount as it tries to open an eight-unit “single room occupancy” home. [More …]


FEMA support now available to Washington, Caledonia Counties

Posted July 12, 2011

Source: WCAX, July 10, 2011, Jennifer Reading – Story and Video

“Residents in two more Vermont counties hit hard by spring flooding can breathe a sign of relief now that federal funding is in sight. [More …]


Vermont speeds up the PACE on energy efficiency

Posted July 11, 2011

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, July 9, 2011, Howard Weiss-Tisman

The PACE legislation was supported by the VAHC this year. Below is a recent article talking about the passing of the legislation and the coming benefits of the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program for homeowners throughout Vermont.

“WESTMINSTER — Early next year, Vermont will become the only state in the country to move ahead with a national program that allows property owners to borrow money against their tax assessments to fund energy efficiency projects.

The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or PACE, gives property owners access to low interest loans to pay for energy efficiency projects by pegging the money to the property tax assessments. [More …]


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