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Save the Date: New England Housing Network Annual Conference on December 6th in Framingham

Posted August 30, 2013

The New England Housing Network‘s Annual Conference will be taking place on Friday, December 6th at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel in Framingham, MA.   The conference will have a number of highlights, some of which will include:

Remarks by Barbara Fields, New England Regional Administrator, HUD

Presentations by national advocates such as:

  • Joe Belden, Deputy Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council
  • Barbara Burnham, Vice President for Federal Policy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Sheila Crowley, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

Workshops on the following topics:

  • Strategies to End Homelessness
  • Section 8 Voucher Solutions
  • Green and Healthy Housing Initiatives
  • Creating an Affordable Housing Message
  • RAD and Public Housing
  • Foreclosures and Housing Counseling
  • Implication of Tax Policies and Financial Reform on Affordable Housing
  • Rural Development
  • Zoning and Land Use: The Impact of the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision
  • Social Innovation Bonds

A plenary session featuring the Housing Finance Agency Executive Directors from all 6 New England states

The conference should be an informative and engaging experience.  Place the date, Friday, December 6th, in your calendar now.  More details of the conference and registration information will soon be released.  Stay tune!


CDAC’s Strengthening New England’s Rural Economies 2013 Regional Convening


The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC), in partnership with Newport City Renaissance, will be hosting New England’s Rural Economies 2013 Regional Convening.

The conference will take place on Monday, September 9th from 8:30am to 1pm at the Gateway Center in Newport.  Registration for the event is now closed, however you can still request a spot should an opening become available. Those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first come, first serve basis.  Here are some more details of this year’s Convening:


The 2013 Regional Convening brings together the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Senior Leadership,  Community Development Advisory Council members from across New England, Newport City Renaissance Staff and members of Vermont’s community development sector (community action, finance, affordable housing, state& local government,  etc.) to  Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom to discuss strengthening’s New England’s rural economies.

The 2013 Regional Convening agenda will include a State/Regional Economic update by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor in addition to a discussion of the implications of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program for New England’s rural LMI communities and their respective community economic development efforts.

Speakers will include:

Merten Bangemann-JohnsonRural Edge 
David Dangler
NeighborWorks  America Rural Initiative 
Jon Freeman, Northern Community Investment Corporation
Brent Raymond
International Trade & Vermont’s EB-5 Regional Center
Patricia SearsNewport City Renaissance
William (Bill) StengerJay Peak Resorts
John WardCity of Newport


For additional information please contact Jennifer Haynes or Patricia Sears.  To request a spot on the wait list, sign up here.



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Shirley Farr House and Erastus Thayer House

Posted August 29, 2013

The Housing Trust of Rutland County will be presenting an Open House for the newly created apartments at the Shirley Farr House (formerly known as the Administration Building at the Brandon Training School) and at the newly renovated Erastus Thayer House.

The celebrations will take place on Friday, September 6 from 2pm to 4pm at 149 Mulcahy Drive in Brandon.  Governor Peter Shumlin will be part of a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to take place at 2:45pm.  Tours of the buildings and light refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP via email or call at 802.775.3139.

See also: Rehabilitation efforts create energy-efficient rental housing in Brandon


Solutions 2013: National Conference on State and Local Housing Policy


There is an upcoming national conference on state and local housing policies hosted by NHC to take place in Atlanta, Georgia from September 16th to the 18th:

Millions of Americans continue to struggle with severe housing cost burdens, foreclosures, and other housing challenges that undermine their health, educational achievement, and economic well-being.

Solutions 2013 will arm practitioners, advocates, policymakers and program administrators with the best available information on how localities and states can work collaboratively and creatively to address residents’ housing challenges and develop inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.

The conference will be designed to be useful to both newcomers and experienced practitioners and policymakers by offering a comprehensive, highly interactive educational experience over the three-day period.  The conference will include opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, mobile workshops, facilitated discussions, panel discussions, networking receptions and breakfasts, and plenary sessions.

For more information check out the Solutions 2013 website.


ICYMI: Burned Out – Vermont’s Apartment Fires

Posted August 27, 2013

The other week Vermont Public Radio ran a series of reports concerning issues surrounding apartment building fire regulations.  Ensuring apartments meet basic requirements for health and safety is a priority of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.  In particular, VAHC has a long history of working on issues concerning fire safety.  Check out the reports below as VPR looks at the regulations, reconstruction and the people affected by apartment fires in Vermont.



Register for Housing Vermont’s 25th Anniversary

Posted August 26, 2013

Our friends at Housing Vermont will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at Shelburne Farms on Thursday, September 12th.  If you haven’t already, please register today:

Please join the Housing Vermont Board and staff for a very special Annual Meeting as we celebrate 25 years of working with our nonprofit, public, and private partners.

Enjoy an evening that begins with time to socialize with the staff, Board and your friends before moving into the Coach Barn for a business meeting and dinner featuring local greats from Shelburne Farms, Next Door Bakery and Island Ice Cream.

This year, Housing Vermont is pleased to honor Bob Gensburg with the Michael Richardson Award and the DREAM Program with the Miles Jensen Award.

Space is limited, so please reserve your seat early.

More information: Sara Santor, Housing Vermont, 802.863.8424, EmailWeb link


Gimme Shelter: In Vermont, Sequestration Leads to Homelessness

Posted August 15, 2013

By Kevin J. Kelley, August 14, 2013

“A quiet crisis wrought by indiscriminate federal budget cuts may force more than 2000 low-income Vermonters from their homes by the end of the year.

Housing officials plan to remove 774 households from a program that subsidizes rents for many of the state’s poorest residents. The cuts have already affected hundreds of Vermonters who had been taking part in what’s known as the Section 8 voucher system. No one knows what’s become of many of the tenants who have already been turned out…”

Link to Full Seven Days Article

PDF of Full Seven Days Article




Greater Burlington area among most expensive housing markets in the U.S.


By Leslie Black-Plumeau, reposted from Housing Matters, August 15, 2013:

“For workers in certain industries, especially tourism and service jobs, the cost of renting or buying a home in the Burlington metropolitan area is out of reach given average wages paid in these fields.

According to the Center for Housing Policy’s “Paycheck to Paycheck, 2013” report released yesterday, Burlington is the 21st most expensive rental market among 207 metropolitan areas studied. For homeowners, the Burlington area ranked 42nd most expensive.

Check out today’s Rutland Herald article (subscription required) for local responses to the report.”

See also: Center for Housing Policy – Travel and Tourism Workers Struggle to Cover Housing Costs in Many U.S. Metros (PDF)

Rutland Hearld Report: Hospitality workers face housing crunch (PDF)


RuralEdge seeking VP of Real Estate Development

Posted August 9, 2013

RuralEdge, a highly regarded regional nonprofit housing and community development organization serving northeastern Vermont, is seeking an experienced real estate professional to lead the organization’s affordable housing development program.

The VP reports to the CEO, and is an important member of the organization’s senior executive team. She/he is responsible for establishing, leading and implementing the organization’s real estate strategic plan. He/she is responsible for building and maintaining a pipeline of economically viable and diverse affordable housing projects that expand the housing options not only in the targeted communities, but in partnership with other local organizations in the surrounding region.

For more information view Full Position Announcement and  Full Position Profile

For more information, or to apply, please contact David Erickson-Pearson, 8008 S. Madison Way, Centennial, CO 80122. Phone: 303-703-6165 Email:

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, August 30, 2013. 



VSHA recruiting for Field Representative


The Vermont State Housing Authority is accepting applications for a Section 8 Field Representative for Windham, Bennington, and Rutland counties.

The VSHA a, statewide housing provider, is seeking a professional individual to handle all field operations for Section 8/McKinney funded housing rental programs in Bennington, Windham, and Rutland counties.  Responsibilities include: working with clients, landlords and community organizations; mediating issues; administering and enforcing contracts with property owners; and performing annual reexaminations of tenants and inspections of units under the program.

Bachelor’s Degree and two years’ work experience in public or private housing field, including public contact.  Individual will be home-based and must reside in Bennington, Windham, or Rutland County.  Extensive driving required, including weekly trips to the central office in Montpelier.  Position is limited-service for one year, 40 hours per week.

For full position details visit

Send cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources, VSHA
One Prospect St., Montpelier, VT

VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



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