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Community gathers to celebrate Harrington Village groundbreaking

Posted June 28, 2013

Housing Vermont, Champlain Housing Trust, and Cathedral Square were joined by community members, including Governor Peter Shumlin, to celebrate a groundbreaking at Harrington Village yesterday afternoon. The new development will create 82 new homes in the heart of Shelburne Village, including over 40 apartments for families, 36 apartments for seniors, and four affordable homes. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with some of the units ready for occupancy as early as summer 2014.

View Harrington Village Fact Sheet
View PDF of Wright House Fact Sheet 

Erhard Mahnke, Director of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition was interviewed by Fox 44/ABC 22 at the event. See links to more media coverage of the event below.

View PDF of Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont, and Cathedral Square Press Release
Link to Fox 44/ABC 22 video
Link to article
Link to WCAX article 

Photo courtesy of Fox 44 News


SAVE THE DATE: New England Housing Network Conference

Posted June 26, 2013

Join housing advocates, developers, housing authorities, government officials, tenants, lenders, service providers, attorneys, and many others involved in the creation, management, and preservation of affordable housing from all six New England states for a one-day conference dealing with issues critical to our region. Conference participants will learn the latest information from national and local experts, share information on affordable housing and community development initiatives in each of our states, and learn how the current economic crisis will impact our efforts. 

When: Friday, December 6, 2013
Where: The Sheraton, Framingham, MA

More details to follow!



Home Share Now is seeking an AmeriCorps Program & Outreach Assistant

Posted June 21, 2013

Home Share Now is now recruiting for an Program & Outreach Assistant AmeriCorps member to start mid-September. The The member will serve as the first point of contact for participants, provide general support, and directly facilitate shared housing in central Vermont. Other responsibilities include social networking, outreach, and volunteering recruitment and training. This 11-month position is sponsored by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

To learn more and apply, click HERE. Application deadline is July 17, 2013. 

Learn more about Home Share Now



Federal public housing program tightens competition for financing


“The Melrose Terrace public housing development was full long before FEMA maps placed it squarely in a special flood hazard area. Its 80 or more elderly and disabled residents were accustomed to evacuations long before and long after President Bill Clinton issued a presidential order that no critical population shall be housed in a flood zone using federal money…

Since 1937, housing agencies…traditionally have relied on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the vast majority of their public housing funding. But a new test program would lead them to the world of private equity…”

Link to Full Article 

View PDF of Full VTDigger Article




Governor signs legislation to promote energy efficiency and clean energy for Vermont homes, farms and businesses

Posted June 20, 2013

By Leslie Black-Plumeau. Reposted from Housing Matters, June 18, 2013.

“Gov. Peter Shumlin signed three bills yesterday that promote energy efficiency and clean energy for homes, farms and businesses.

The legislation creates new financing programs for residential and commercial sectors. It allows the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) to borrow up to $10 million from the state Treasury to establish loan programs and a new energy efficiency loan guarantee program. This program will be administered by VEDA.

The legislation also includes  $6.5 million for to support residential efficiency loan programs. VHFA will not be administering a loan program as stated in the original press release, but will be working with other partners to take advantage of this opportunity. It is anticipated that Neighborworks of Western Vermont and the other Homeownership Centers of Vermont will be expanding their homeownership energy efficiency lending.  Funds will also be available for some affordable rental housing initiatives, and for other eligible entities and programs.

A thermal efficiency law makes improvements to state building energy standards, including a more efficient ‘stretch code’ for large residential developments that must comply with Act 250. In addition, the law requires a Public Service Board report on options to improve thermal efficiency efforts, and makes changes to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program to prioritize assistance to LIHEAP recipients for buildings that are the least efficient.

State Treasurer Beth Pearce explained the new measures ‘create a cost-effective pathway to finance clean energy and energy efficiency projects at no risk to the taxpayer.” She explained that “commercial and residential groups may now finance these important projects while lowering the cost of capital.'”

Link to Housing Matters Article  


June marks second Birthday of Ready, Set, Rent!

Posted June 17, 2013

By Leslie Black-Plumeau, June 11, 2013

“In June 2011 Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) introduced a program aimed at helping Vermonters whose rental applications were denied due to a poor credit history or a lack of sufficient credit history. Ready, Set, Rent! turns two years old this month.

According CHT, the program has ‘exceeded expectations and brought about some unanticipated positive results for program participants’.  The program includes credit and money management education, along with direct work with CHT counseling resources that help participants develop a strong financial foundation. Budgeting, financial planning, developing positive money habits, and building methods and systems to support solid financial behavior are all covered as part of the program.

Ready, Set, Rent! has helped 122 participants access affordable rental units so far. The report notes that many of the participants were previously reliant on alternative housing through shelters, motels, or family members.  Others were homeless. The report goes on to detail some of the specific populations the program reached, along with data on both the participants and results.”

Link to Ready, Set, Rent Full Report  


Vermont’s housing authorities feel the impacts of sequestration


Public housing authorities in Vermont are feeling the effects of sequestration on already stressed budgets. This results in fewer issued vouchers, reducing access to housing for low-income Vermonters. Representatives from several housing authorities across the state comment on limited funding and losing vouchers in articles from VTDigger and The Commons Online.

Link to VTDigger article 

Link to PDF of Full article

Link to Full Commons Online Article

Update, 6/26/2013: VPR transcript and audio recording of “Housing Assistance Cuts Affect Low-Income Vermonters”, June 25, 2013

Update, 7/12/2013: St. Albans Messenger, June 20, 2013


Noonmark Nonprofit Survey Report now available

Posted June 13, 2013

The 2013 Noonmark Nonprofit Salary & Compensation Survey Report is now available. The report provides a comprehensive look at the salary and benefits offered to more than 2,200 nonprofit employees in VT and NH.

Click here to view the first page
Click here to purchase the survey

*If you completed the survey and have not received a copy of the report, contact Noonmark.


Harrington Village Ground Breaking Event


Please join Cathedral Square, Housing Vermont, and the Champlain Housing Trust for a Grounding Breaking for Wright House, Cathedral Square’s newest senior housing development. Construction will be begin in July for Harrington Village, a multi-age neighborhood in Shelburne, being developed by the three organizations.

When: June 27, 2013/1:30pm
Where:  5059 Shelburne Road, Shelburne (, across from TD Bank). Parking is available at Trinity Episcopal Church, just south of the site. Traffic will be heavy, please budget extra time to get there. Please do not park at TD Bank as they have limited space.

For more information, contact Chris Donnelly at CHT, 802-862-6244

Please RSVP to Joanne at  



Register today for the 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness


Due to overwhelming response, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) now anticipates that registration for the 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC, originally scheduled to run to July 10, will reach capacity at some point this month. If you have not yet registered for the conference, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. The regular registration rate of $550 per person is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 26, but will close early if the event reaches capacity before that date. Register today to ensure your spot and to take advantage of the regular rate.

For the latest information about conference workshops, track options, and the conference schedule, please visit the Conference Agenda page of the conference website.


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