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Housing Vermont Annual Meeting

Posted August 31, 2012

Please join the Board and staff for the 24th Annual Housing Vermont Meeting on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

The Agenda includes the election of Board Members and the presentation of the Miles Jensen and Michael M. Richardson Awards.

The meeting will be held at Union Station, Main Street Landing, One Main Street in Burlington.

*Please RSVP by Friday, August 31 to Dot at (802) 863-8424 or


VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting


The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’s Annual Meeting and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness’s Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, September 17 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.  As always, this year’s agenda is packed and exciting!

Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine is confirmed to speak about his agency’s initiatives on housing and homelessness, as is Jen Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.

Representatives from our congressional offices will brief us on what’s happening in DC: Ted Brady from Senator Leahy’s Office is confirmed, others have been invited.   And we are inviting key legislative leaders to give us their outlook for the 2013 session.

The overall agenda for the 17th will be as follows:

9:30-12:00  –  VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting

12:00-12:45 – Networking Lunch

12:45-1:30  –   VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting


Address: Baptist Fellowship Church,

1051 Route 66, Randolph, VT

Directions: Off I-89 Exit 4, head toward Randolph (right off South bound exit, left off North bound exit).  At the bottom of RTE 66 there is a flat stretch.  The Randolph Animal Hospital is on the right at the end of that stretch.  The Baptist Church is the next right.

For more information, contact Jenny Montagne at





People’s Convention for Human Rights

Posted August 30, 2012

The Vermont People’s Convention will be a space where hundreds of Vermont based individuals and organizations, along with regional and national partners will gather to discuss and continue to develop a broad grassroots vision for the direction of the state and beyond.

 Participatory workshops to explore a common vision for our future include: 

  • Healthcare Is a Human Right

  • Right to a Healthy Environment & Livable Planet

  • Education is a Human Right

  • Housing is a Human Right

  • The Right to Food with Dignity
  • The Right to Dignified Work

Agenda includes sessions on human rights, education, food security, and employment, People’s Concert on Saturday night in Battery Park (6-9), and an Interfaith service.

 VPC Program

For more information visit

contact Matt at the Vermont Workers’ Center:


Anatomy of an Eviction


By: Allison Teague, The Commons, Posted: August 29, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS—Over the last two years, the Rockingham Selectboard and the Bellows Falls Village Trustees have been grappling with unsafe housing issues in the village, trying to address them through fire and safety codes.

In some cases, aging housing stock built during the boomtown days in the late 19th and early 20th centuries of this former mill town has not been properly maintained.

The problem has been made worse by absentee landlords who have been unable to maintain these older buildings.

Caught in the middle, between municipal authorities trying to enforce building codes and landlords who say they can’t afford to maintain their properties, are the tenants, many of whom are having trouble finding safe and affordable places to live.

Link to Full Article

PDF of Full Article


Job Posting: Community Development Specialist II


Job Description, Community Development Specialist II:

Consultative and administrative work at a professional level involving a federally funded grant program for community development activities (Community Development Block Grant Program).  Coordinates and provides technical assistance to local and regional officials and private entities. Positions in this class are responsible for providing training to municipal and regional officials, program administrators, state managers and other professional staff. Duties focus on evaluating grant applications, interpreting complex financial statements, managing an open grant portfolio, and working closely with municipalities, non-profit organizations, regional entities and the public. Work at this level is distinguished from lower levels by need to operate with more independence. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior.


To apply online and for a full listing of minimum requirements and experience, visit

Application deadline is September 5, 2012.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Josh Hanford at 802-828-5201.



Samaritan House Grand Re-Opening!


Come celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Samaritan House on Tuesday, September 18.

The Samaritan House, a non-profit organization providing emergency shelter and transitional housing to individuals in need, is exhibiting it’s newly renovated, energy-efficient living quarters and brand new Resource Center.

The event begins at 11:00am with remarks from Governor Peter Shumlin and other dignitaries. There will be an Open House from 12:00pm-2:00pm, following the speakers, with light lunch and beverages provided.

Please RSVP by September 10 at or (802) 373-6505.


The Samaritan House Inc. is located at:

24 Kingman St, St. Albans, VT 05478



After Irene: Weston Trailer Park makes a comeback — thanks to the help of volunteers, FEMA

Posted August 29, 2012

By: Taylor Dobbs,

August 28, 2012

There’s a fresh look to the Weston Trailer Park. The newly pressed gravel bases for the shiny new mobile homes – some of them still uninhabited – match the bright new wood of the porches. The porches don’t show the tell-tale signs of Vermont weather: the moss that gathers around the base of support posts, the faded gray tone that comes from intense summer sun, winter freezes, and heavy rains.

A year ago, the Weston Trailer Park was home to many families. Trailers of varying vintages lined the short dirt road in Berlin, their porches well-worn. Perhaps some of the families living in the park had heard of Irene, a tropical storm brewing down south. Most of them didn’t expect their neighborhood, the 83-lot trailer park, would be virtually wiped off the map.

Link to Full Article

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Officials weigh public housing options

Posted August 20, 2012

By: Josh Stilts, Brattleboro Reformer staff writer

August 17, 2012

BRATTLEBORO — The fate of 152 local housing units dedicated to elderly and disable residents may take more than three years to decide.

On Thursday, members of the Melrose Place and Hayes Court Site Alternatives Study Redevelopment Committee met to continue the discussion about the relocation of two West Brattleboro public-housing properties in preparation of a public meeting scheduled for Aug. 30.

The committee was formed shortly after heavy rains from last year’s Tropical Storm Irene damaged 60 of the 80 units at Melrose Place and required the evacuation of Hayes Court.


Link to Full Brattleboro Reformer Article

PDF of Brattleboro Reformer article


Stowe Reporter: Affordable housing pinch gets tighter

Posted August 17, 2012

By: Lisa McCormack, Stowe Reporter

Thursday, August 9, 2012.

Sandy Neely knows how to stretch a dollar. She has no other option. Since June, Neely has helped 135 people facing homelessness or eviction since June.

As a crisis coordinator with Central Vermont Community Action Council in Morrisville, she had a total of $2,798 to help them pay security deposits on new apartments, catch up on overdue rent, or spend a night in a hotel rather than a car.

“Where does that get me? Hardly anywhere with anyone,” Neely said of the state and federal funding her office receives for emergency housing. “There’s just not enough money to meet the need.”


Link to Full Stowe Reporter Article

PDF of Full Stowe Reporter Article


2012 National Community Land Trust Conference: September 10-13th

Posted August 16, 2012

From September 10 – 13th, the National Community Land Trust Network will hold its biannual National Community Land Trust (CLT) Conference, hosted by Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition member Champlain Housing Trust at the Hilton Burlington, Vermont, overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Transforming Communities through Innovation and Collaboration. It features over 50 high quality seminars and is drawing housing, land trust and community development practitioners from all over the country and all over the world. The conference focuses on CLT issues, but it is also rich in community development and organizational and affordable housing topics that will be of interest to a broad audience. The keynote speaker J. Otis Smith is renowned in the community development field.  Non CLT specific courses include: mergers, CDCs, urban agriculture, commercial development and management, partnerships with Habitat, race and equity, a film about organizing in Boston, East London’s CLT story and other non-US presenters. 

In addition to the workshops and keynote address, there will be several site tours to highlight Vermont’s affordable housing successes, opportunities to sample Burlington’s diverse array of fine restaurants while networking with other conference attendees, and a sunset dinner cruise on Lake Champlain with live Brazilian music provided by Naquele Tempo. 

Click here for one-page overview with further background info. 

Click here for the conference website

Click here for the sunset dinner cruise.


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