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Champlain Housing Trust Recognizes Leaders and Staff, Elects Board Members at Annual Meeting

Posted January 30, 2012

Burlington, Vermont – Approximately 175 members attended the Champlain Housing Trust’s Annual Meeting Saturday, where three local affordable housing leaders were recognized for their many contributions to creating and sustaining affordable housing in communities throughout northwestern Vermont. Also recognized were four staff for reaching milestones in their service to CHT, including CEO Brenda Torpy, who was saluted for leading the organization for twenty years.

Retired Burlington attorney Neil Mickenberg was presented with the Tim McKenzie Award for Outstanding Contributions to Perpetually Affordable Housing. The award, named after the organization’s first director, was awarded for Mickenberg’s long-term commitment to the Housing Trust’s mission, first as an attorney for the two founding organizations that merged to former CHT, then as a leader of a State established commission to examine the effectiveness of the affordable housing delivery system …

PDF of Full Press Release


Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition Legislative Day

Posted January 23, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: VHCC Legislative Day will be Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the State House in Montpelier.

PLEASE SET ASIDE FEBRUARY 23rd as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board funding for your organization and the communities it serves.

Governor Shumlin has proposed $14 MILLION FOR VHCB – a $1.2 million increase.  With a $60 million budget deficit, this is a very positive development.

We need members to TURN OUT IN FULL FORCE to support his request and show appreciation.  Already voices in the Legislature have been raised saying that we don’t need to fund conservation when the state needs all available resources to help recover from Irene.  As the Governor has proposed, VHCB will play a key role by providing $2 million over two fiscal years to help homeowners who want buyouts of their destroyed homes, and to towns which seek to convert those parcels to open space and park land.

We need to reaffirm our core message that BOTH conservation and affordable housing are critical economic development investments that must remain a priority as the State meets the challenges of recovery and the fifth consecutive year of budget shortfalls.

Full Information & Tentative Schedule

For further information, contact:

Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or

John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or

Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or



Task force identifies post-Irene legal issues

Posted January 19, 2012


Tropical Storm Irene upended houses, personal property and lives in Vermont. The natural disaster, which destroyed more than 700 homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to state and local roads, also led to unprecedented legal questions.

Vermonters, in some cases, not only lost their belongings and homes, but also their land. Should towns redraw property boundaries in situations where a former dooryard has been reduced to river bed?

Other residents faced the sure knowledge that they would never repay hundreds of thousands of dollars on mortgages for properties that no longer exist. In rare instances, victims of the raging floodwaters faced both stark realities. What, if anything, can banks and municipalities do if residents walk away from their mortgage obligations?

Meanwhile, mobile home owners are unable to take on more debt because their housing devalues quickly over time and they don’t have asset capacity.

Though the state’s community banks have been quick to respond, certain out-of-state banks, namely Bank of America, have not been as generous with property owners’ who face foreclosure, according to Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell …

Link to Full Article & Link to Video Content

Link to PDF of Article



Upcoming: HOME Proposed Rule Webinar


Upcoming: HOME Proposed Rule Webinar

January 24, 2012 from 1:30 to 3:30 EST

For More Information Please Visit:

HUD published a significant proposed regulation for the HOME Program in the Federal Register on December 16, 2011.  The proposed changes are intended to enhance performance and accountability, and clarify certain existing provisions.  Public comments on the proposed changes are due by February 14, 2012.

Full Information on Webinar

Section-by-section summary of the proposed changes

HUD encourages HOME Participating Jurisdictions, other program partners and stakeholders to comment on the proposed rule and raise questions for clarification through the comment process. HUD will host a webinar on the HOME Proposed Rule January 24, 2012 from 1:30 to 3:30 EST. CheckHOME’s TA site for the latest information on the webinar.

Here is the HUD webinar access information:

Install Live Meeting: You will need to install Live Meeting on the computer you will be using during the presentation. To install the software and check to ensure your system is compatible with Microsoft Office Live Meeting, go to

Logging onto Live Meeting: At least 20 minutes prior to the webinar start time, log onto the Live Meeting website by copying and pasting the meeting URL into your browser.

Call in for audio: After logging onto Live Meeting, dial into the conference call number below so that you can hear the presentation. You may dial in up to 15 minutes before the session begins.

Troubleshooting & Additional Instructions: If you have any trouble logging in and to review additional guidance on participation (including how to ask questions), please click here.




2012 Annual Housing Policy Conference & Lobby Day

Posted January 18, 2012


  • When: March 25-28, 2012
  • Where: Washington D.C.

With budget battles looming and the presidential election already in full swing, 2012 is sure to have monumental implications for housing policy. Join us at NLIHC’s 2012 Housing Policy Conference and Lobby Day and hear from leading Administration, HUD and Congressional officials on what lies ahead for advocates of socially just housing policy. With 40 plenary and workshop sessions, an evening reception and Congressional office visits, you’ll leave this year’s conference prepared to bring about positive change.

To learn more and find out information on how to register


New Mobile Home Facts from DHCA


2011 Mobile Home Park Information:

  • Number of parks is 248
  • Number of total lots is 7,194
  • Number of vacant lots statewide is 310 or 4.3%
  • State median lot rent is $302

More Information on Mobile Home Parks


Public Hearing Announcement: Friday, February 17th


A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, February 17, 2012, time 10AM, at the Division of Fire Safety office located at 1311 US Route 302 in Berlin, Vermont.

They will also be posted on our division web page soon.

Link to 2012 Draft Access Rules


Roundtable Discussion of Affordable Housing Preservation in Vermont

Posted January 17, 2012

Please join us on Tuesday, March 13 for a Roundtable Discussion of Affordable Housing Preservation in Vermont.  It’s taking place at Noble Hall Lounge in Montpelier from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm – welcome and introductions at 9:15.  A map of the campus of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a parking pass for on-site parking are attached.

This discussion is intended for affordable housing funders, developers, managers and advocates.  Our hope is to reflect and build upon your work in recent years and discuss policy priorities to help preserve existing affordable housing. The format for the day will include individual presentations, panel discussions, and open group discussion on key preservation topics including:

  • Today’s Preservation Landscape in Vermont with  Gus Seelig,  Sarah Carpenter, Jen Hollar and Bob McDonald
  • An Overview of the National Housing Preservation Effort
  • Doing Preservation Deals – Housing owners and developers discuss challenges and opportunities in their recent preservation projects
  • Strategies and Resources for Acquisition of  Federally Subsidized Housing Projects
  • Preservation Policies, Issues and Concerns for Vermont Housing Providers

Join us beginning at 8:30 am for a continental breakfast.  After the morning presentations and discussions we’ll break for lunch and have some time for networking. We expect to conclude the day at 3:00 pm.

There is no fee for the day but please register to help us organize the event. Panelists and speakers don’t need to register.

Reply to by March 1.   Include your name, title, organization, and telephone number. Noble Lounge is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us in advance if you require special accommodations. For more information contact me at 828-3526 or


On Behalf of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board,

Rick DeAngelis



TIME CHANGES for Consolidated Plan Public Hearing and Vermont’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Meeting and Public Hearings


Consolidated Plan Public Hearing – Monday, February 13, 2012 (2:30 PM – 3:15 PM) ; Pavilion Auditorium, Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier

It’s that time of year again when we need to update the annual Action Plan and submit it to HUD for our federal CDBG, HOME and ESG funding.  This is the third year of the 5-year 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan.  As always, your input is necessary and valuable and we want to thank you up front for your assistance.

In addition, we will be discussing the preliminary plan for Disaster Funding to gather input on need, and the draft Substantial Amendment to the Con Plan for the supplemental funding for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) will be presented for discussion.

Vermont’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) Meeting and Public Hearings – Monday, February 13, 2012 (3:30 PM -5:30 PM and 6:30-7:30PM) ; Pavilion Auditorium, Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier

At 3:30 PM the consultant, Mullin & Lonergan, will be presenting the draft of Vermont’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) to the Stakeholders and public to provide an opportunity to ask questions and clarification on the stated Impediments and Action Plans for mitigation.

In the evening there will be an additional Public Hearing on the AI from 6:30-7:30pm for those that cannot attend the earlier session.  The AI is an integral component of our federal funding and must be updated every five years.

Cindy Blondin, Grants Specialist

Vermont Community Development Program

Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development

Phone: 802-828-5219 Fax: 802-828-3258

Visit our website at



IA’s Voice is Being Heard


Yesterday there were about 125 people at our Action on the State Budget at Ohavi Zedek, in which we urged decision-makers to be bold and innovative in addressing poverty by making changes in funding and policies around corrections, education and child care, housing, and job creation, and to raise revenue by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Vermonters. Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding (representing Gov. Shumlin), Senators Tim Ashe, Sally Fox, and Anthony Pollina, and Rep. Martha Heath (Chair of House Appropriations) heard our message and shared their thoughts with us.

We will follow up this effort with a Press Conference at the Statehouse on Thursday, January 19 at 11:30 am, and then organize groups of VIA leaders to testify at public hearings in February and conduct one-to-ones with their lawmakers throughout the budget process. Stay tuned for ways in which you can get involved!

Link to Burlington Free Press Article

WCAX Article

PDF of Full Story




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