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Community Needs Meeting in Barre

Posted October 31, 2011

This Fall, the Put People First Campaign – a project of the Vermont Workers’ Center – is holding a series of community meetings throughout the state. We’re bringing together members of our communities to hear from each other what challenges we are facing and how we can come together to solve them.

-Share the struggles you and your community are facing
-Join with other people in your community to find solutions that put people first
-Watch the trailer for our new film on Irene and the struggle to build back better
-Participate in a “Take Action” Fair

Where: Old Labor Hall, Barre

When: Nov 1st, 6pm

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West Rutland School Is Model Of Energy Efficiency


(Host) Senator Bernie Sanders was in West Rutland Friday to celebrate the rebirth of a historic elementary school into affordable, energy efficient housing. As VPR’s Nina Keck reports, Sanders calls the $4.3 million dollar redevelopment project a model for the nation.

(Keck)  West Rutland’s Stanislaus School was built in 1924.  By the late 1970s, however, the stately red brick building and the convent next door sat empty and unused.   An effort to turn the school into condominiums failed. But Elisabeth Kulas, Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County, saw potential….

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Manage government to need, not just money


By Jack Hoffman,, October 27, 2011

One of the good things to come out of Tropical Storm Irene was seeing the state respond to human needs. Individuals, businesses, government, and other institutions all had a similar reaction to the crisis: they jumped in with both feet and did what they could to help their fellow Vermonters.

The moment, unfortunately, was fleeting. A month after Irene struck, the Shumlin administration was back into manage-to-the-money mode, building a state budget based on how much money is likely to be available, not on what will be needed to meet Vermonters needs for the coming year. Because it now looks like Vermont will have $75 million-$80 million less next year than even a conservative estimate of need, Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding has asked all agencies and departments to prepare baseline budgets 4 percent below this year’s appropriation.

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New York Times: A Foolish Time to Cut Housing Aid

Posted October 26, 2011

With record numbers of families teetering on the verge of homelessness, Congress should be shoring up the precious few federal programs that provide affordable housing for the poor, the elderly and the disabled. Instead, both the House and Senate are considering cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development budget, which would hurt cash-strapped states and communities in sheltering the most vulnerable citizens …

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Color Care Across America Campaign Comes to Burlington

Posted October 25, 2011


St. John’s Hall Among 51 U.S. Shelters Getting Color Makeover

Burlington, VT.  On Wednesday, October 26th, Benjamin Moore Paints brings “Color Care Across America,” a paint color makeover program for shelters, to St. John’s Hall in Burlington.   St. John’s Hall on Elmwood Avenue provides housing for 21 men and women who would otherwise be homeless.  The building was developed by the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in the early 1990’s with assistance from Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO).  The project has been a successful addition to its neighborhood in Burlington’s Old North End …

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John Graham Shelter Grand Opening


John Graham Shelter Open House


At noon we will open the newly renovated Shelter to honor individuals,donors and organizations that have helped revitalize this importantcommunity landmark.

Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.

Governor Shumlin & staff will be in attendance.


Training: Vermont Lobbying & Communications Bootcamp on 11/15


Presented by Common Good Vermont and KSE Partners, LLP government affairs & strategic communications.  This event is a brass-tacks training for nonprofits, activists, community leaders, students, educators  and small-business owners for raising their profile in the Vermont Legislature and developing a voice in government. The event is Part I of a two part series of lobbying and advocacy training presented by Common Good Vermont.

Lobbying & Communications Boot Camp:  How to Raise Your Profile & Get Your Way in an Age of Distraction

When: Tuesday November 15,  9 – 3 p.m.
Where: Vermont Statehouse, State Street, Montpelier Vermont
Who should come: Nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers, small business advocates, activists and anyone who wants to raise their profile and influence the Vermont Legislature.
Cost: $25.00

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Lead Project Specialist, City of Burlington Job Posting

Posted October 24, 2011

The Burlington Lead Program, a program of the City’s Community & Economic Development (CEDO), is seeking a self-starter that wants to be part of an activist housing team. We have operated with HUD LHC funds since 2003 and continually exceed all benchmarks. Twice, we have been recognized by the US Conference of Mayor’s for our lead safety efforts. We have an innovative local lead safety ordinance and are embarking on a process to build capacity for transitioning to a more holistic healthy housing approach.


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Flood Diaries: Patterson Park Residents Face an Uncertain Future


The smoke is the first thing I see. As I come down Main Street in Duxbury, I see the fire. The half-century old Patterson’s Mobile Home Park is burning.

Inside the park, I find about a dozen people working feverishly under a light rain on this early October day. An excavator with a claw prowls the grounds like a predatory animal, tearing off large pieces of a mobile home. It is as if the machine is feeding on the forsaken structures. Entire walls give way with a loud crack, the final submission in a month-long, losing battle to survive.

Joe Preus, 40, is tending a brilliant orange bonfire that roars in the middle of what looks like a battlefield. Friends and relatives move purposefully around him, sorting the debris. Preus, wearing a rain-soaked New England Patriots hoody, feeds the fire by adding broken pieces of lumber. His face is streaked with rain and soot …

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Common rental application for housing assistance in Vermont


Over the past 18 months, VHFA, the Vermont Housing Managers Association (VHMA) and other statewide housing providers and advocates have been working on the concept of developing a universal rental application that could meet the basic needs of most housing programs in Vermont.  A streamlined approach has been requested by rental applicants, case managers and social service agencies working with rental applicants for years.  The need to simplify the process was identified in June at Governor Shumlin’s Housing the Homeless Summit and is even more pressing with the housing issues following the devastation wrought by Irene.

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