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Revised Out of Reach 2013 information for Vermont

Posted May 29, 2013

The NLIHC recently revised the Out of Reach – Vermont information to reflect increases in Vermont’s statewide Fair Market Rent (FMR) and Housing Wage. The report, originally issued in March, highlights the need for more affordable housing across the country. The updates show an increase in the FMR for a two-bedroom apartment from $964 to $1,054. This means a household working 40 hours a week would have to earn $20.27/hr in order to make their housing affordable.

This is the first time ever that the state’s Housing Wage has gone over $20/hr and results in a $466 gap between what a mean renter, earning $11.32/hr, can afford and the FMR. The NLIHC issued the changes because of HUD’s increase to the FMR for the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

Link to PDF of Out of Reach Vermont 2013



HUD & VA team up to provide permanent homes to 20 homeless vets in Vermont


At last week’s National Coalition for Homeless Veterans annual conference, HUD Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki, reported that HUD will be awarding $60 million to fund 9,000 new vouchers for homeless veterans nationwide. The vouchers will provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans. The new vouchers are a step towards Shineski’s goal to eradicate homelessness among veterans by 2015. There is currently an estimated 60,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

Link to full Washington Post article for more information

In Vermont, the announcement of 20 new HUD-VASH vouchers brings the number of vouchers up to 140. The vouchers are administered in Vermont through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vermont State Housing Authority.


FOR RELEASE, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
CONTACT: HUD: Rhonda Siciliano (617) 994-8335, VA: Josh Taylor (202) 461-7216

“WASHINGTON – Approximately 20 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Vermont will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions. Vermont will receive $120,468 to assist its homeless veterans.

In Vermont, the Vermont State Housing Authority, in partnership with the White River Junction VA Medical Center, was awarded $120,468 to fund 20 vouchers…”

View PDF of Full HUD & VA Press Release




The National Housing Law Project webinar series presents VAWA 2013: Housing Protections for Survivors


On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). The law continues many of the housing protections that had been provided by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and further expands these safeguards in several crucial ways. 

This webinar is designed for advocates, attorneys, and others who are new to VAWA 2013’s housing protections or want a review of VAWA’s continuing housing protections.

Webinar presenters are: Catherine Bishop, Senior Attorney, National Housing Law Project, Karlo Ng, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project, & Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice, Shriver Center.

When: Wednesday, June 12 @ 2:00pm ET. This is a free, 90-minute webinar

Click HERE to register


The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston announces 2013 Affordable Housing Program trainings


The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston has announced that is has $18.2 million available for training opportunities in the 2013 round of their Affordable Housing Program (AHP).

The AHP encourages local planning of affordable rental and homeownership initiatives and allows the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston to address, in partnership with their member institutions, affordable-housing needs in communities across New England. A portion of the Bank’s net earnings funds the program, which awards grants and low-interest advances or loans, through member institutions.

For 2013, the Bank has increased the subsidy limits for any one AHP application from $400,000 to $500,000 in direct subsidy; and from $800,000 to $1 million in total subsidy, including the subsidized advance interest-rate subsidy.

The online application will be accessible to members and sponsors beginning July 29 through September 13, 2013.

The Bank will also hold multiple training sessions and online webinars to help members and sponsors understand the competitive scoring process and how to use the online application. These sessions will be held in May through August, including a session in Montpelier on June 18th at the Capital Plaza, Montpelier.

To view training schedule and register for trainings, click HERE.


SAVE THE DATE: Algiers Village Housing Ribbon Cutting


Save the Date for the Algiers Village Housing ribbon cutting!

Algiers Village Housing is the culmination of many years of planning on the part of Friends of Algiers, the Town of Guilford, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, and Housing Vermont. In the course of this effort, two abandoned warehouse buildings were demolished, a brownfield site was cleaned up, and municipal water was extended from Brattleboro to Algiers.

Two new, energy efficient buildings have been constructed in the heart of Algiers village: a 15-apartment building at 91 Guilford Center Road, and a duplex at 71 Guilford Center Road.  These buildings will provide housing opportunities for local citizens for many years to come.

When: Wednesday, July 10/4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: 91 Guilford Center Rd., Guilford, VT

*Refreshments provided by the newly opened Guilford Country Store

Click HERE to RSVP



Vermont Housing & Conservation Board 25th Anniversary Celebration


The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board is hosting a 25th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, June 11 at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Events begin at 12:00pm and end at 7:00pm.

12:00 – AmeriCorps Service Day activities begin with lunch at the Coach Barn
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Field Trips meet on location
3:30-7:00 – Assemble at the Coach Barn with displays — meet and circulate; appetizers and cash bar
4:30 – Evening program
6:30-7:00 – Finito! 

Link to 25th anniversary website for more information 

Registration deadline is Monday, June 3. Click HERE to register. Questions? Call 802-828-5075 or 802-828-3250



Online Housing Policy Course at UVM

Posted May 28, 2013

UVM’s graduate-level Housing Policy Course will now be offered in a convenient eight-week, online format from August 26th – October 18th.

This course, taught by VHFA’s Policy and Planning Manager, Maura Collins, covers key housing policy debates such as: the past and future of the private market and federal government’s role in housing finance; the history of affordable housing; innovative housing models; land use decision making; and how housing impacts other policy goals such as energy, health care, transportation and education.

Registration is now open! Follow the links to register:
Non-UVM students 
UVM students 

Email Maura at with questions

Register online 



Cathedral Square 2012 Annual Report


Please see message below from Nancy Eldridge at Cathedral Square announcing  Cathedral Square’s 2012 Annual Report.

“This past year has been full of growth. Thank you. We could not have done it without you – our partners, donors and other supporters.  We hope you enjoy reading about our statewide Support And Services at Home (SASH) initiative, our newest community Thayer House in Burlington, the 80th Anniversary of the Ruggles House Foundation and much more in our 2012 Annual Report – Cathedral Square’s 2012 Annual Report. Vermont is on the forefront of change and we are happy to be a part of it with you.”

View PDF of Cathedral Square’s 2012 Annual Report


2013 Downtown & Historic Preservation Conference


The Department of Housing and Community Development Preservation Trust of Vermont presents the 2013 Downtown & Historic Preservation Conference! Join professionals in downtown revitalization, historic preservation, planning, tourism and economic development to network and learn. The keynote speaker will be David Feehan, an expert in downtown revitalization.

When: Friday, June 7, 2013/9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: The Barre Opera House, Downtown Barre, VT

See Conference Website for Full Agenda
Register Today 


Home Share Now presents Housing: Challenges, Changes, and Choices

Posted May 24, 2013

Join Home Share Now and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) on Tuesday, May 28 to learn about housing options in central Vermont. This is the last event in a five part series put on by MSAC.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2013/6:00pm
Where: The Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

For more information, contact Liz Dodd at 802-262-6288



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