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GMP discount rate application available

Posted December 28, 2012

The Green Mountain Power Low-Income Residential Discount Program

The Fuel Assistance Office announces a new electric rate discount on residential account for low-income customers of Green Mountain Power. The rate provides a 25% discount to low income customers on their first 600 kilowatt hours of electricity used each month.  This is a savings of approximately $25 each month or $300 each year at today’s electric rates for residential account customers.

For residential account customers whose application is received in the Fuel Assistance Office no later than March 15, 2013, and who are eligible for the GMP discount rate, there will be a one time only arrears forgiveness.

Eligibility is based on the total gross monthly income of all household members.  “Gross income” is before any deductions or payments (like the Medicare premium) are made.

Click here to view income limits for the most common household sizes.

For more information about the program, click HERE.

To download application to print, click HERE. You can also call 1-800-775-0516 and leave a message asking that one be sent to you




In case you missed it: WGDR program focuses on affordable housing & homelessness


Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition‘s Executive Director, Erhard Mahnke was featured on Gathering Peace, a radio program broadcast through Goddard College’s community radio station, WGDR. Mahnke was interviewed by the program’s host, Joseph Gainza, and spoke about affordable housing and homelessness across the state.

To listen to this Gathering Peace (November 27) program, click HERE.



NLIHC proposal to support affordable housing


Reposted from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, December 19, 2012.

“The National Low Income Housing Coalition proposes to modify the current mortgage interest tax break by reducing the size of a mortgage eligible for a tax break to $500,000, and to convert the deduction to a 15-20% non-refundable tax credit.

Our proposal to modify the mortgage interest deduction into a tax credit will save the federal government between $20 billion and $40 billion a year while making this tax benefit more available to the middle and lower income families who need it. Homeowners would receive a 15-20% non-refundable credit for interest on mortgages up to $500,000. Interest on second homes and home equity loans would be eligible for credit under the $500,000 cap…”

Click here to learn more about the Mortgage Interest Reduction and proposal

View NLIHC proposal 



In case you missed it: CCTV’s Housing & Communities Show: Host Mike McNamara

Posted December 27, 2012

Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition appeared on the December 5th episode of CCTV’s Housing & Communities Show, hosted by HUD Field Officer, Mike McNamara. Mahnke and McNamara discuss federal and state housing policy and advocacy, and the Vermont housing network of service providers, state agencies, and non-profits.

Future airtimes for the show:

Saturday, December 29, 5:00 PM
Monday, December 31, 3:00 PM

To watch online, click HERE.

Visit the CCTV Channel 17 website.


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In case you missed it: Housing conference keynote and plenary panel on CCTV


The Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on November 15, 2012, brought together over 400 housing professionals from across the state and region to discuss housing development, construction, financing, legislation, advocacy, policy, and more.

In case you missed it, video of the keynote address, delivered by Xavier de Souza Briggs and the conference plenary session, with welcome by Governor Peter Shumlin, is available on the CCTV website.

To watch video of Xavier de Souza Briggs and the plenary panel, visit the conference website.

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Efficiency Vermont launches new blog


Efficiency Vermont announces the launch of it’s new blog, “Energy. Forward“. The blog works to connect Efficiency Vermont customers and partners with up-to-date information and resources about energy issues and efficiency. Energy. Forward covers topics from smart grids, to adventures in snowmaking, to the big picture impact of energy efficiency for Vermont.

Efficiency Vermont requests your comments, feedback, and ideas. They welcome readers to use the blog as a resource to share with clients and partners.

Click here to view Efficiency Vermont’s blog.



Early registration open for NLIHC Housing Policy Conference


Early registration for the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Housing Policy Conference & Lobby Day is now open. The conference will be held March 17-20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Early registration, and discounted registration fee, closes January 24, 2013.

Vist conference website to learn more.

Click here to register.



Save the Date: Vermont Resident Service Coordinators workshop

Posted December 26, 2012

Vermont Resident Service Coordinators (VRSC) present Practical Techniques for Deterring, Diffusing &  De-escalating Aggressive Interactions

When: March 21, 2013, 10:00am – noon
Where: Knights of Columbus, 84 Pine Hill Road, Barre, VT

Admission is FREE for Vermont Resident Service Coordinators & Vermont Housing Managers Association members. Non-Members are invited to attend for $10 (includes admission & lunch).

*RSVP to

View VRSC informational workshop poster



In case you missed it: OEO announces new Chief Administrator


December 3, 2012, From Dawn O’Toole, Director of Operations, Department for Children and Families

“On Monday, December 10, 2012, Paul Dragon [assumed] his new role as Chief Administrator of DCF’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Paul has been the Director of Reach Up, an Economic Services Division program, for the past four years.

In his new role, Paul will lead the state’s efforts to address the causes and effects of poverty. This includes overseeing the Community Services Block Grant, the Weatherization Assistance Program, Housing and Urban Development grants and homeless programs, the Disaster Case-Management Program, and the Reach Up Program.

About a year and a half ago, the Reach Up Program Director began reporting directly to the OEO Chief Administrator to better align the department’s anti-poverty programs. This cross-divisional reporting structure allows the department to leverage existing resources and more effectively provide services and programs aimed at moving lower-income families out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

When a new Reach Up Program Director is hired in the coming weeks, he or she will report directly to Paul in his new role. Paul will provide policy and systems direction to Reach Up, while the new Director will be responsible for day-to-day operations. Reach Up staff will continue to be part of the Economic Services Division.

Before joining the department, Paul:

·         Served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa;

·         Was director of Vermont’s Health Care for the Homeless Program; and

·         Was the Integrated Services Chief of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at the Vermont Department of Mental Health.

Paul has a Master’s degree in International Development from the American University and is currently a doctoral student in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.

Congratulations Paul and welcome to OEO!”



Register for the 2013 Better Buildings by Design Conference


The 2013 Better Buildings by Design Conference will be held: February 6-7, 2013 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

This conference brings together top talent in building technology and design from across the country (and beyond), to help keep Vermont and regional professionals at the forefront of their fields. Sponsored by Efficiency Vermont, a non-profit organization that provides skills and technical assistance to Vermont households and businesses who are working to make responsible energy choices.

View conference schedule 

Register for the conference 

For more information, click HERE



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