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2012 3SquaresVT Policy & Outreach Training Day

Posted April 26, 2012

Full Information – Sent by Angela Smith-Dieng, 3SquaresVT Advocacy Manager, Hunger Free Vermont (

Register Now

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: In the Red Schoolhouse at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT (1 mile from Exit 4 off I-89, directions here)

WHY: 3SquaresVT is the largest federal nutrition program and currently provides benefits to over 96,000 Vermonters. This free training will offer an opportunity to learn more about the program, hear the latest updates and changes from DCF, network with advocates from across the state, and share in focused discussions in break-out sessions.

WHO: A broad range of organizations and people are invited to attend including those from community action agencies, agencies on aging, food shelves, community meal sites, schools, health clinics, shelters, housing authorities, child care centers and more. Anyone who works with limited-income Vermonters and wants to learn more about 3SquaresVT may attend.

The day is being coordinated by Hunger Free Vermont in collaboration with the Department for Children and Families and the statewide 3SquaresVT Work Group.

REGISTER online here; there is no cost to attend. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 18. If you have any difficulties registering, contact Faye Conte at fconte@hungerfreevt.orgor 802-865-0255.

 Please join us in what we hope will be an engaging and productive day for everyone!

Share this invitation with others you know who may be interested.


Vermont CDBG-Disaster Recovery Funding


Re-posted from: Vermont Community Development Program – Josh Hanford, Director ( 

Dear Interested Parties;

As many of you know, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD) will receive $21,660,211 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.  The official notice of this funding, the Federal Register Notice, was released on April 16, 2012 and is attached here.  It contains the rules, regulations and process for the DEHCD to access the funding allocated to Vermont.  DEHCD has 90 days to develop an Action Plan which identifies the unmet and long term recovery needs of the area’s most impacted and distressed as the result of declared major disasters in Vermont in 2011.  These major disasters include FEMA Disaster Declaration 1995 (April 23-May 9, 2011 flood), FEMA Disaster Declaration 4001 (May 26-27, 2011 flood), and of course FEMA Disaster Declaration 4022 (August 27- September 2, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene).  These funds will be available to help communities with the necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas receiving major disaster declarations.  The Federal Notice requires the state to target at least 80 percent of this funding ($17,328,169) to Washington and Windsor Counties.  DEHCD request to HUD, to expand the 80 percent targeting requirement to include Windham and Rutland Counties was denied.

The state has committed to use some portion of this allocation to help municipalities meet the 25% match for property buy-outs under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  DEHCD is in the process of determining the other unmet needs and uses of the CDBG-DR funds.  DEHCD is currently soliciting input on unmet needs through surveys, input from stakeholders and partners.  It appears likely that CDBG-DR funding will be available to address the long term recovery needs of housing, economic development and infrastructure.  Specific allocations of funding for housing, economic development and infrastructure have yet to be determined.  These specifics along with proposed levels of funding for planning and project implementation will be outlined in the Draft Disaster Action Plan prepared by DEHCD.  DEHCD is targeting to have the Draft Disaster Action Plan available in late May.  Public Hearings will be made available for comments and questions on the Draft Disaster Action Plan.

The Public Hearing schedule is as follows:

  • June 5, 2012 – 11:30am – 1:30pm, Latchis Theater Studio 4 in Brattleboro, VT
  • June 7, 2012 – 3:30 – 5:30pm, Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction, VT
  • June 12, 2012 – 5:00 – 7:00pm, Montpelier Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier VT

The Public Hearing Notice will be published in area newspapers and posting of the Draft Disaster Action Plan will be available on the following websites  and

HUD is expected to approve Vermont’s Disaster Action Plan within 45 days of receipt.  Based on this timeline, DEHCD plans to make applications forms for CDBG-DR funding available by late August – early September.  CDBG-DR funding can only be used to address needs that can’t be met by insurance proceeds, FEMA, SBA, other state, local or federal programs and charitable funding.  Projects must address an impact related to Major Disaster Declarations within a county that received a Presidential disaster declaration in 2011.  They must also be a CDBG-eligible activity and address a national objective such as benefitting low and moderate income people or addressing an urgent need.  One of the best ways to prepare for the successful use of these funds is to pursue and document each of these other funding sources as quickly as possible.  Should you have further questions regarding CDBG-DR funding please email your question to .  

Please visit for more information on Vermont’s recovery efforts.

Federal Register Notice April 16, 2012


Housing Seniors in Rural America: Resources, Advocacy, & Practice


June 5-6, 2012 – Hilton Burlington Hotel – 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont

Made possible with generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, this symposium will provide intensive training and information on housing for an aging population in rural America.

One of the most dramatic demographic shifts in U. S. history is the growth of the elderly population. Rural America has a large and growing senior population, but also often lacks housing resources and capacity. Twenty-five percent of all rural households are occupied by the elderly. Of those homes, 80 percent are homeowner rather than rental properties. In fact, almost half of the rural census tracts in the U.S. have no subsidized rental units for seniors.

Learn more about meeting these emerging needs at HAC’s symposium. Join policy makers, advocates and peers for a 2-day intensive workshop. The agenda will feature discussions on aging in place, home repair and modification, preservation of senior rental housing, issues in HUD Section 202 program, political and funding outlook for senior housing programs, strategies for advocacy and examples of successful practices. The session will also include a site visit to an outstanding senior housing development in the Burlington area.

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn and share information on ways to meet the growing needs of the elderly.

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House Resolution Honoring Melinda Bussino This Friday, April 20th, 9:30AM at the Vermont State House

Posted April 18, 2012

The Vermont House of Representatives will be reading a resolution in honor of Melinda Bussino this Friday morning, April 20th at 9:30am.  Melinda’s family will be present and we hope that all that are able to come will attend. The House Resolution will be sent out next week for those that are unable to attend.

“It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of the passing of Melinda Bussino, one of our state’s best known and most effective advocates for homeless and vulnerable Vermonters, passed away after suffering from a massive heart attack.  Melinda was known for her dedicated service in many positions to Vermont’s affordable housing and homelessness community and for being a tireless activist and advocate for the homeless.  In the words of Larry Smith, president of the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center board, she was truly an “army of one.”  Melinda was an inspiration for us all.  Her passing is a tremendous loss.

For those who may not have known her well, Melinda was the founder and long time Executive Director of the Drop-In Center, as well as the Governor’s appointee on the HUD Consolidated Plan Committee and the Vermont Interagency Council on Homelessness.  She was the most recent co-chair of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and a previous chair for the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.  She continued to work closely with us on many important issues throughout the years.  She also served for many years as chair of the Windham Regional Commission.  In 2008, Melinda won the Housing Hero award at the biennial Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Melinda believed that a shelter should be more than a place to sleep; it should feel like a home for those that did not have one.  Hers was a steady, effective voice that told the story of homeless Vermonters far more powerfully than all the statistics.”

We hope to see you all on Friday at 9:30am at the State House for the reading of the resolution honoring Melinda. 


Highlighting the plight of homeless Vermont children

Posted April 5, 2012

According to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), 141 Burlington area school children were staying in temporary shelter last October–an alarming increase from five years earlier.

Although children staying in shelters may look like children with permanent housing at the beginning of the school day, they are likely to be chronically tired due to the noises associated with living in crowded temporary shelters. They are also likely to get sick more often than other children because their systems are stressed, according to Rita Markley, Executive Director of COTS.

Thanks to Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Alicia Pacelli, a COTS AmeriCorps children’s specialist who conducted several workshops on the styles and methods of master artists, the art work of area children experiencing homelessness is being shared with the community.   Throughout the month of April, Barnes & Noble’s South Burlington store at 102 Dorset Street will host an exhibit of these special pieces.

An opening reception will be held in the bookstore’s cafe this evening, April 5, at 5:30.

Posted  Apr 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm by Leslie Black-Plumeau – VHFA


Job Postings: Vermont State Housing Authority



Make a difference by helping Vermont individuals and families with their housing needs.

Statewide affordable housing provider has exciting opportunities for two individuals to join their dedicated team of employees.

Self-Sufficiency Case Manager will coordinate and administer case management to Section 8 program participants for a variety of programs designed to assist individuals and families reach their goals of independence.  Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of two years’ work experience in social services with a focus on case management and outreach. Position requires working in both an office and field environment and requires driving on a regular basis.  Position is funded based on annual appropriations.

Mobile Home Park Specialist works with the mobile home park portfolio managed by the Authority and provides administrative support to park managers; performs all intake services, working with applicants and processing applications, verifications and references; determines eligibility and suitability; coordinates advertising and park newsletters.  The specialist will have frequent telephone and public contact.  Position requires high school (Associates Degree preferred) and a minimum of two years administrative/clerical work preferably in assisted housing and human services.

Both positions are full time and are based in Montpelier.  VSHA offers an excellent salary/benefit package.  For position details, requirements and qualifications, visit  Cover letter and resume to:  HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  Positions open until filled.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



VHMA Advanced Low Income Housing Tax Credit Course


VHMA is proud to host an Advanced Low Income Housing Tax Credit Course on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The training will be held at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, Vermont.  The cost of the training is $225 per person for VHMA/GSMA members and $300 per person for non-members. The registration deadline is May 25, 2012.

Attached you will find additional information regarding the training, as well as, the registration form.

Tracy Robertson – Asset Manager – Housing Vermont – 802.861.3826 –



Sexual Violence Awareness Day

Posted April 3, 2012


VHCB Accessibility Training April 30th


Nolan Riegler a Vermont Law School intern, has been working with VHCB staff for the past few months to develop an “accessibility tool” for funders and developers to use to determine when and how the various accessibility laws and standards (ADA, Section 504, UFAS, FHA, VT’s Access Rules and Visitability Law) apply to affordable housing development.

In recognition of National Fair Housing Month and the completion of Nolan’s internship, VHCB is hosting an accessibility training on April 30th 1:30-3:30pm (location in Montpelier TBD based on attendance).  Nolan will give an overview of his research on the applicable laws and regulations, walk everyone through how to use the “accessibility tool”, and then we’ll open it up for questions and next steps.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 9th.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Willa Davidian

Willa Davidian – Federal Housing Programs Manager – VT Housing & Conservation Board – (802) 828-5061




US Housing Policy Lecture at UVM



The University of Vermont’s Jefford’s Center for Public Policy will be hosting Sandra J. Newman, PhD for a discussion titled, “U.S. Housing Policy: Debates, Puzzles and Insights.”

The lecture, to be held Thursday, April 19th from 4:30-6pm in the Frank Livak Ballroom at UVM’s Davis Center will be a great opportunity for Vermonters to hear from one of the nation’s leading housing policy researchers. Professor Newman is currently a Professor of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University and also serves as the Director of the Center on Housing, Neighborhoods and Communities at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.

Original Post By VHFA