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Job Posting from AHS Office of Economic Opportunity

Posted February 28, 2012

OEO Community Services Program Administrator

AHS-Office of Economic Opportunity is currently searching for a candidate to fill the position of “OEO Community Services Program Administrator”, recently occupied by the esteemed Angus Chaney (now AHS Director of Housing).

Reference Number:  29716

Title:  OEO Community Serv Prog Adm

Agency:  Dept For Children & Families

Location:  Essex Jct

Description:  Coordinating, policy, advisory, and technical work for the State Office of Economic Opportunity involving development, monitoring and evaluation of multi-source funded community service projects implemented through local community organizations with a focus on ameliorating the effects of poverty. Employees may train and supervise area coordinators in project development and operation. Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative superior. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation.


Job Posting from VSHA



Vermont State Housing Authority, statewide affordable housing provider, has a position open for an organized, reliable individual to perform a variety of technical, clerical, hands-on work related to housing programs.  Will conduct routine certifications of tenants to determine appropriate rental subsidy, and communicate verbally and in writing with tenants and landlords regarding housing subsidies.  Position includes telephone and public contact work and is based in Montpelier.  Must be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team.

For position details, requirements and qualifications, visit  Cover letter and resume to:  HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  Position open until filled.

VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Save the Date: Vermont Community Development Association Spring Meeting

Posted February 24, 2012


Tuesday, April 3, 2012 & Thursday, April 19, 2012

How Resilient is your Community?    Where is your Community vulnerable?


1) A Framework for Resilience: Planning & Implementation – Tuesday, April 3, Brown Bag from noon – 2:00 p.m. – Montpelier City Hall. A session for planners and others interested in how to lead communities in a resilience planning exercise.

2) Community Resilience in Action:  Assessment and Strategy Design – Thursday, April 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury.  A session for planners, community development practitioners, emergency management planners, town management, zoning staff and others. Participants are encouraged to bring challenges facing their community. This workshop is designed to promote learning as well as generate future action items towards mitigating specific challenges.

Complete registration packet will follow in March.  Contact Theresa Bachand at VLCT for more information at (802) 229-9111,

Original Flyer


ECOS Project Notice of Meeting February 16th

Posted February 13, 2012

Wondering what’s happening with the ECOS project that the CCRPC is doing? Wondering how the region’s success with housing may be measured in the future? Come to this meeting to let your voice be heard! Please help us spread the word…

Chittenden County’s ECOS project is attempting to measure the region’s progress towards its housing goal of “increasing the opportunities for safe, decent, energy efficient, affordable, and fair housing for all types of households in diverse neighborhoods.” With such a broad goal, what data could indicate if we were on the right – or wrong – path?

VHFA and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission are inviting you to help pick the indicators that will be analyzed to gauge success in the future.

Please come to VHFA’s offices (164 St. Paul Street, Burlington) on Thursday, February 16th from 2-4pm to discuss what would be the most appropriate factors to monitor.

Right now, there are some suggested indicators for the housing goal, which is just one of over 40 indicators in the larger project of evaluating the region’s sustainability.

There are more indicators to comment on, for example there is a Social Community goal to “ensure physical access to the built environment (buildings and transportation) for all people” that clearly would apply to housing as well as other goals intended to increase diversity and public engagement.

You are welcome to comment on any of the indicators proposed online through ECOS’ website.

VHFA’s meeting on February 16th will be open to the public as a way of having a collective conversation about what data is available and what is most appropriate as an indicator. If you have any questions, please contact Maura Collins, VHFA’s policy and planning manager.




Stand Up for Housing Training & Advocacy Day


Help build an affordable future for our state.

How to have impact

Attend our advocacy training; hear local lawmakers explain what really works. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 – 7:30 pm at Champlain Housing Trust, 88 King Street. We’ll provide light supper and drinks.

Come talk to lawmakers in Montpelier On Thursday, February 23, join hundreds of Vermonters who will pack the Statehouse to call for affordable housing and land conservation. Sign up with CHT for free rides and preparation.


Julia Curry, 861-7378 or

RSVP for training by February 13, 2012

Stand Up for Housing Training Notice



Buying from a Rent-To-Own Store

Posted February 8, 2012

It can sound great! No Credit Check. No Cash Down. Agree to a small regular payment and get your TV today!


Rent-To-Own locations are not always truthful and are usually not the best deal, please read the brochure attached to learn more. If you feel like your organization can help please distribute these brochures to any one in need.

For further information please contact Byron Stookey at

Full Brochure on Rent-To-Own


Vermont To Help Displaced Vermonters Through CDBG Funds

Posted February 2, 2012

VPR News interview with Jen Hollar, Deputy Commissioner  of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing, & Community Development

A lot of Vermonters displaced by Irene are hoping their home will be bought out by the FEMA hazard mitigation program, which pays up to 75 percent of the home’s pre-storm fair market value.

Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, says the state is committed to helping homeowners who qualify for FEMA mitigation make up that remaining 25 percent gap. Hollar tells VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb, that even for families who don’t qualify for Hazard Mitigation, help could be available in the form of Community Development Block Grants awarded to Vermont from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, in a pool of money totaling more than $21 million.

To listen to the VPR interview



Public Hearing Announcement

Posted February 1, 2012

Joint Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2013 state budget on Vermont Interactive Television

House and Senate Committees on Appropriations

Monday, February 13, 2012, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. – The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the state budget for fiscal year 2013. All 14 V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing: Bennington, Brattleboro, Castleton, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction and Williston. V.I.T.’s web site has an up-to-date location listing, including driving directions, addresses and telephone numbers,

For the first time, the budget hearing will be VIEWABLE via the Internet if your computer has flash-based streaming capabilities.

Go to

Some mobile devices may require additional software.

The Governor’s budget proposal can be viewed at the Department of Finance’s website: For information about the format of this event or to submit written testimony, call the House Appropriations Committee office at 802/828-5767 or Requests for interpreters should be made to the office by 12:00 noon on Monday, January 30, 2012.