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Bipartisan Policy Center Report on Housing to be Presented by National Housing Expert to Joint Legislative Committees

Posted April 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tuesday, April 30. Contact: Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Cathedral Square Corporation, 802-863-2224; 

“On Wednesday, May 1, Nan Roman, a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, will present the findings of a recently issued report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy, to legislators in a joint House and Senate hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Room 11 at the Vermont State House.

Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development said, ‘We are honored to welcome Nan Roman to Vermont. The report’s balanced recommendations, with input from Vermont housing leaders, aim to move national policy forward to the benefit of our citizens. A number of the Commission’s recommendations validate successful Vermont housing programs that are serving seniors, renters and homeowners.'”

VIew PDF of Full BPC Press Release

View PDF of BPC visit Background Materials for Legislators

To RSVP to the hearing, please contact Joanne Choiniere at


SAVE THE DATE – Choices for Care Money Follows the Person Mini Conference & Breakfast


Choices for Care Money Follows the Person is pleased to announce their Second Annual Mini Conference on May 23, 2013.

The key note speaker will be Dr. Allan “Chip” Teel, a long-time family physician and founder of Full Circle America – a virtual assisted living service. 

Full Circle America is creating an entirely new aging paradigm from the best features of all the people and organizations of a community.  Come join us to discover how grassroots community action and 21st century technologies can empower elders to stay in their homes and lead healthier, happier lives. 

Additional conference panelists will speak about other efforts that support Vermonters’ abilities to live at home, including the new Choices for Care Adult Family Care Homes.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8 am to 12 pm
Where:  The Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Montpelier, VT

Kindly register for the Choices for Care Money Follows the Person Mini Conference before May 1, by emailing Emily Sansone at  Please include your name, email, phone number, and organization.  Directions to the Capitol Plaza Hotel and parking passes will be included with your registration confirmation.

*Space is limited to 100 attendees, so we encourage you to respond as quickly as possible. 



NLIHC webinar: Making Twitter an Effective Tool for Spreading the United for Homes Message


The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will continue the ongoing series of skill development webinars for campaign supporters on Friday, May 3rd, from 3-4 pm ET.

The webinar, Making Twitter an Effective Tool for Spreading the United for Homes Message, will demonstrate how to use social media messaging to reach, inform, and mobilize broader audiences.

Register for the webinar

To view materials from NLIHC’s April 19 and April 26 webinars, NHTF Regulations: How the NHTF Will Operate in Your State and Community and Making the Case to Realtors for the NHTF and Housing Tax Reform, click HERE.




VSHA presents 2012 Annual Report


The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) is pleased to present their 2012 Annual Report. Last month, VSHA celebrated 45 years of providing direct housing services to Vermont families in need. 

Link to a PDF of the report 

*In an effort to reduce waste and costs, VSHA has prepared this year’s annual report electronically. You’ll see live links throughout this report, as they want to share with you the good work of the many groups they partner with throughout the year. If you would like a downloadable pdf or a printed copy please don’t hesitate to contact them at


VCDA Spring Conference – Register Today!

Posted April 29, 2013

Please join the Vermont Community Development Association for their annual Spring Conference. The focus of this year’s conference is “Developing Your Community as a Workforce — How to Make it Happen!” 

The conference will explore what the demographic data and trends for your area show, the role of quality of life in attracting and retaining businesses and employers, workforce development tools and techniques, and more!

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Where: The VFW Club, Montpelier, VT
Contact Theresa Bachand at VLCT for more information at (802) 229-9111, 

View Spring Conference Letter

View Registration Form



Overview & Notice of SFY 2014 Emergency Solutions Grant Funding

Posted April 24, 2013

Attention ESG Grantees –

Please find attached the Funding Overview & Announcement for the 2014 Emergency Solutions Grant.

Applications are due no later than 4:00pm on Friday, May 17, 2013 by email (preferred) or mail.

The attached PDF contains the full announcement – overview, application, appendices and State of Vt standard attachments C & F; the word document includes only the application.

View PDF of ESG Funding Overview Announcement

Please contact Sarah Phillips, Community Services Office of Economic Opportunity, DCF with questions
 (802) 769-6405 



Vermont plan to limit welfare-to-work draws fire

Posted April 23, 2013

By Dave Gram, Associated Press. Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer.

“MONTPELIER — For Roslyn Haldane and Jen Grey, a plan by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration to put new limits on a welfare-to-work program could create a nasty domino effect.

Grey could lose the $640 monthly check she receives from the state, which would force the extended Barre family to combine two households into one. Haldane would have to ask the disabled man she cares for to move, costing her the $2,400-a-month state stipend she gets for providing that care and forcing the man to find a new situation…”

Link to Brattleboro Reformer Article 

View PDF of Full Brattleboro Reformer Article


Mobile home residents seek fix for water system


By Matt Sutkoski. Reposted from the Burlington Free Press, April 21, 2013.

“COLCHESTER — Like practically everyone else on the planet, Paula Palin of Colchester does not want to spend more time than necessary washing the dishes.

Yet, Palin said she finds the chore lasting much longer than she’d like because of dwindling water pressure from her faucets at her home in the Windemere Mobile Home Park in Colchester.

It’s been a longstanding problem, residents there said, but relief might be on the way. The mobile home park’s owner, the non-profit Housing Foundation, Inc., says it has a complicated loan financing package in the works that would finally rebuild the mobile home park’s water and wastewater system…”

Link to Full Burlington Free Press Article  

View PDF of Full Burlington Free Press Article


Times Argus Editorial – Too far a reach


Editorial. Reposted from the Times Argus, April 21, 2013.

“Ordinarily, major reforms receive close attention from affected groups and from legislators keen to study a problem and examine solutions. But sometimes a governor will launch an initiative from within the inner sanctum of his administration, without warning or the kind of preliminary work that is designed to build support from the public and the Legislature. That is what has happened with Shumlin…

There was moving testimony in the House from people in the program about the difficulties they encounter in finding stable employment, housing, transportation and child care, and not for want of trying. Cutting off benefits could throw a small core of troubled families into chaos, introducing new instability among people struggling to get by…”

View PDF of Full Editorial


Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Legislative Advocacy Day

Posted April 22, 2013

The Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is holding their Legislative Advocacy Day on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Please join advocates and survivors from around the state as they converge on the Statehouse to connect informally with legislators and to remind them of the needs (and power!) of survivors in their communities.  This is also a great opportunity to reconnect with each other, and to hear about the amazing anti-violence work happening all across the state.  At 11:30 we’ll be holding a press conference to officially launch the new No More campaign in Vermont and to hear a sneak preview of findings from a groundbreaking new survey of male attitudes about domestic and sexual violence from the Governor’s Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2013/8:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, VT

ContactSarah Kenney, Vermont Network Against DV and SV, 802-223-1302 x.105

View PDF of Legislative Advocacy Day flyer for complete schedule

*Please Note: There is a notorious lack of public parking in downtown Montpelier.  If you don’t want to feed meters all day, you can try the full-day metered lot behind the Capitol Plaza (which has an automated ticket kiosk) or you can park at the Department of Labor building and take the free Capital Shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes:


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