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Input Needed to Improve Vermont’s Downtown Program, Due 10/5

Posted September 26, 2012

Reposted from: Noelle MacKay, DEHCD, September 26, 2012

Housing Leaders!

As many of you know, we at DEHCD are working on re-evaluating and re-assessing our suite of designation programs. We are picking up where we left off before TSI hit and in the process of meeting one-on-one and in groups as well as developing a survey. SO…

I need your assistance in collecting feedback on our designation programs. I would appreciate you taking time to post the request below to your listserve and forward the survey to others who are familiar with the programs as well as you taking time to share your thoughts and fill out the survey.  Thanks! Noelle

The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development is re-evaluating some of our programs and would appreciate your time to share your views, opinions, and experiences on the suite of state designations collectively known as the “Downtown Program” (new town centers, growth centers, Vermont neighborhoods). We will use the information in this short survey (13 questions) to help guide us in some key decisions, as we work to update and improve the program.

You can find a link to the survey here – Downtown Program Survey

The deadline to respond is Friday, October 5th.  

Your feedback is very valuable to us and we will share the survey results in our upcoming Community Planning and Revitalization newsletter and on our website mid-late October.  We appreciate your time and thoughts in responding to this survey invitation.

Thank you in advance for your important contribution to help make Vermont’s communities strong and apologies for duplicate requests for the survey.



Noelle MacKay, Commissioner

Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development

One National Life Drive North Building, 6th Floor

Montpelier, VT  05620-0501

Phone: (802) 828-5216, Fax: (802) 828-2928

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Burlington’s King Street Neighborhood Looks to Build Up — Without Gentrifying

Posted September 25, 2012

By: Kathryn Flagg. Reposted from Seven Days, September 19, 2012.

“Jodi Whalen says Burlington’s King Street neighborhood was ‘a little beaten down’ when she and her husband, Phil Merrick, opened their café and bakery, August First, in 2009. Today, the section is on the upswing, but with empty buildings and vacant lots, Whalen sees room for improvement.

‘Burlington needs to build up,’ she says, “and this is a great neighborhood to do that…'”

Link to Full Seven Days Article

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State’s budget gap estimate $50 million to $70 million for 2014


By: Anne Galloway. Reposted from:, September 20, 2012

“New projections from the Joint Fiscal Office indicate Vermont could have an operating budget gap of $50 million to $70 million in fiscal year 2014.

At the end of the legislative session in May, the state projected a $44 million gap in fiscal year 2014. Since then the state’s revenues have been downgraded by $16.5 million…”

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FEMA approves public assistance for Brattleboro Housing Authority

Posted September 24, 2012

Press Release,, September 23, 2012

“A public housing project in Brattleboro that was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene will receive federal funding for subsequent clean up and repairs as well as steps to flood proof the structures for the short term.

The Brattleboro Housing Authority’s Melrose Terrace facility will receive $290,000 through the federal Public Assistance program for the recovery work and steps to make any future flooding less costly for residents there…”

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Unlike rest of country, Vermont’s median income rose in 2011

Posted September 21, 2012

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau, Housing Matters, VHFA, September 20, 2012

“Vermont was the only state that showed in increase in real median income betweeen 2010 and 2011, according to estimates released today from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The median household income in Vermont was $52,776 in 2011, up 4% from $50,707 in 2012.

Rising incomes helped to bring down both the percentage and number of people in poverty in Vermont. The Vermont poverty rate declined from 12.7% to 11.5%, as an estimated 7,000 residents were lifted above the poverty line. Vermont was the only state to experience a decline in poverty in 2011…”

Link to Full Housing Matters Article

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New State and Local Poverty Data Out Today


By: The Coalition on Human Needs, September 20, 2012

“Today the Census Bureau released American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2011, with reports (links below) showing state and metropolitan area poverty and income, as well as a separate report showing health insurance coverage for 19 to 25 year olds – an age group that gained health care coverage through the new health care law…”

PDF of Full Press Release


BHA going through FEMA process

Posted September 20, 2012

By: Howard Weiss-Tisman, Reformer Staff, Brattleboro Reformer, September 1, 2012. Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer.


“BRATTLEBORO — The flood waters have receded, the decision has been made to move the residents out of Melrose Terrace and the process has begun to find a new location for the approximately 80 residents who now call the West Brattleboro public housing complex, “home.”

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is still trying to decide if it will pay for repairs at Melrose that were a result of last year’s flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

FEMA is collecting public input on its proposed mitigation plan at Melrose Terrace, and will accept comments until Sept. 12 as the slow process toward federal funding creeps forward…”

Link to Full Article

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US median income fell and income inequality grew in 2011


By: Leslie Black-Plumeau, Reposted from Housing Matters, VHFA, September 14, 2012

“Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau showed a 1.5 percent decline in median household household income in 2011 relative to the prior year.  Despite this decline at the middle, income levels among the top 10 percent increased, contributing to growing income inequality nationwide…”

Link to Full Article 

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Link to Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011



Vermont Community Development Association Announces Fall Conference & Annual Meeting

Posted September 18, 2012

Please join the Vermont Community Development Association (VCDA) at this year’s Fall Conference & Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.This focus of this year’s conference is Health Care: A Driver of Economic Opportunity. There will be panel discussions held on health care exchange, technology, and business opportunities, as well as discussions about investments for economic development.

The Conference & Annual Meeting will be held at the Vermont State House, Room 11, Montpelier, VT.

PDF of Invitation Letter

PDF of Registration Form

Registration deadline is October 11.

Please contact Theresa Bachand at VLCT for more information at (802) 229-9111,



The Vermont Community Development Program announces Approval of CDBG-DR Action Plan, Applications Available

Posted September 14, 2012

By: Josh Hanford, Vermont Community Development Program, September 7, 2012

The Vermont Community Development Program is “…pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved Vermont’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan.  CDBG-DR applications are now available through the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD).  A total of $21.6 million in HUD CDBG-DR funding is available to help communities, businesses, organizations and individuals with long term disaster recovery.  The funding will be distributed through both a competitive grant application process and state direct allocations, as outlined in the Action Plan.”

PDF of Full Announcement

PDF of Governor Shumlin’s Press Release


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