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CHT 500th home celebration cancelled

Posted August 29, 2011

Today’s 500th home celebration is cancelled — we’ll let you know if/when we reschedule. While Burlington didn’t get hit hard by Irene, the rest of the state certainly did so we decided to respect that. 


Chris Donnelly
Director of Community Relations
Champlain Housing Trust 
88 King Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
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New Website Brings Together Vermont’s Rental Housing Codes

Posted August 19, 2011

New Website Brings Together Vermont’s Rental Housing Codes – Effort to Promote health and safety of rental housing statewide by the VHFA

The Vermont Housing Finance Agency has developed a site as an outgrowth of a study committee chaired by Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director.

“Finally landlords, tenants, and municipalities have one place to look for rental housing codes, instead of searching through several different websites to cobble together what applies to them,” – Sarah Carpenter

This website will provide guidance on the health and safety standards that existing residential rental housing in Vermont must meet. It outlines the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants throughout the rental process and explains the standards that municipalities and town health officers should enforce when inspecting rental housing.

Please visit the website:



Celebrate Champlain Housing Trust’s 500th Home

Posted August 18, 2011

Come Celebrate Champlain Housing Trust’s 500th Home!

Join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, CHT leaders past and present, and state and local officials to celebrate the     500th home coming under CHT’s permanently affordable homeownership stewardship.

Where: 170 North Champlain Street, Burlington

When: Monday, August 29th, 10:30 A.M.

RSVP: 862-6244 or


The Deficit Deal Explained

Posted August 17, 2011

A Non-Wonky Guide to the New Law’s Sweeping Push to Cut Federal Spending: and Maybe Increase Revenues Too?

Webinar, Thursday, August 18, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EST
Register here:

If you are concerned about health care, jobs, hunger, services for seniors, children, or people with disabilities, housing, rebuilding communities, retirement and unemployment benefits, education, protecting the environment, reducing poverty…well – if you’re concerned about pretty much any of the problems facing this nation, you need to know about the new Budget Control Act.  That’s the legislation the President signed on August 2 to continue the federal authority to borrow.  The price of averting that crisis was a ten-year plan to reduce the federal deficit.  The bill forces Congress to make nearly a trillion dollars in cuts, and sets up new budget procedures designed to fast-track at least another $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.

Sounds like a big deal?  It is.  The new law sets up critical action by Congress between now and the end of this year that will affect all of us for a long time.  Learn how it works – or might not work – and what you can do about it, in this wonk-free webinar.  Get the scoop from Debbie Weinstein, the Coalition on Human Needs’ executive director, who makes a specialty of translating complex budgetspeak into plain English.  The moderator will be Ellen Teller of the Food Research and Action Center, who will make sure that lots and lots of questions are answered.

Register for the webinar today and please forward this message to colleagues and friends.

Co-sponsored by the Community Action Partnership and the Coalition on Human Needs



Stable Home Ownership in a Turbulent Economy

Posted August 15, 2011

Source: The Lincoln Institute, by Emily Thaden, July 2011

This is a recent study done by the Lincoln Institute on foreclosure rates for homeowners in Community Land Trusts, like the Champlain Housing Trust, etc. According to the study, only 1.30% of CLT homeowners compared to 8.57% conventional market owners were in foreclosure at the end of 2010. This study highlights the success of these programs and how important they have been to our communities. It also shows how our public dollars are being used extremely efficiently. Please find the introduction below, and a link to download the PDF.

“The study examined mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates among the owner-occupants of resale-restricted houses and condominiums in community land trusts (CLTs) across the United States and compared CLT results to rates of delinquency and foreclosure among the owner-occupants of conventional market-rate housing reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey (MBA). The study also explored practices and policies of CLTs that may help to explain their better performance.”

Click here for PDF of report: Stable Home Ownership in a Turbulent Economy


VHFA lowers home mortgage loan interest rates

Posted August 11, 2011

Source: Housing Matters Blog, VHFA, 8/10/11

VHFA lowered their home mortgage loan interest rates today.

Government program — 30-year, 0 point, fixed rate — is 4.50% (4.50% APR).

Conventional program — 30-year, 0.25 point, fixed rate — is 4.625% (4.647% APR).

“Read about VHFA’s home loan programs online. If you’re unsure which program might be right for you, we have a quick online quiz you can take to help.”


Vermont Homeless Shelter Grants Announced


Source: Press Release, VT Digger, 8/9/11

“ST. ALBANS, Vt., Aug. 9 – Speaking today at the Samaritan House homeless shelter here, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced $237,500 in federal help for seven shelters throughout Vermont. [More …]


NAEH new advocacy tool, “Helping Chronically Homeless People Avoid High-Cost of Health Care”

Posted August 10, 2011

Source: The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), 8/9/11

“Today, the Alliance released a new advocacy tool, “Helping Chronically Homeless People Avoid High-Cost Health Care,” designed for health policy audiences at all levels of government. This brief succinctly makes the case that permanent supportive housing should be part of health care solutions, especially where public resources are strained caring for chronically and highly vulnerable homeless people. Designed as a handout for policymakers and interested stakeholders, this brief can serve as a starting point to tailor messages about the relationship between permanent supportive housing and health care for audiences outside the homelessness arena.”

NAEH Brief: Helping Chronically Homeless People Avoid High-Cost Health Care

PDF of Brief: Helping Chronically Homeless People Avoid High-Cost Health Care


Energy Efficiency Working Group to meet at this Friday at Statehouse


Source: vt.Buzz, 8/8/11, by Terri Allenbeck

A legislatively appointed work group will start this week to consider whether Vermont should require sellers to disclose a building’s energy efficiency.

The “Working Group of Building Energy Disclosure” meets for the first time Friday, August 12th at 9:30 a.m. in Room 11 of the Statehouse. Click here for the agenda.

The group was established in an energy bill — H. 56 — that passed this year. Its mission is to see whether the state should require disclosure of a building’s energy use.

The committee has two legislators — Rep. Margaret Cheney, D-Norwich, and Sen. Robert Hartwell, D-Bennington, and a long string of people representing everything from home builders to low-income housing advocates.

The group has permission (and funding) to meet four times and come up with a report by Dec. 15.


Rountable Discussion on Vermont Mobile Home Parks


There will be a Roundtable Discussion on Vermont Mobile Home Parks featuring Paul Bradley of ROC USA (See and Andy Danforth of the Cooperative Development Institute. It will take place on Friday, September 23 from 9AM – noon. There is a $10 fee to help cover lunch and there will be time to network after lunch. [More …]


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