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VAHC is Seeking a New Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Posted May 21, 2014


The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness is currently seeking applicants for our joint AmeriCorps VISTA position.

The VISTA serves VAHC & VCEH jointly, coordinating communications & outreach for both coalitions which focus on affordable housing and ending homelessness. The VISTA gathers & disseminates information to coalition members & the general public; helps convene monthly membership meetings; manages electronic, social, & print media (websites & newsletters); attends coalition meetings & relevant working groups; provides outreach to member organizations, media, & the community at large; provides support to the coalitions’ Steering Committees; researches & writes grants to enhance organizational sustainability; organizes special events such as the Point in Time count; coordinates activities that increase awareness of housing & homeless needs (e.g., presentations to community groups); promotes best practices by planning conferences & trainings; interfaces with regional & national partners at conferences & workshops; and meets requirements of the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program.

The term of service starts on August 4, 2014.

Learn more about the position and apply online here and send resume and cover letter as well to Justin Henry at


Vermont Housing Needs Assessment Request for Proposals


The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is requesting proposals from qualified bidders to prepare a state housing needs assessment to be used in the Department’s submission of the State’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan for 2015-2020 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The assessment is designed to meet the HUD requirements for completion of DHCD’s Consolidated Plan. It will also be used for broader purposes including as the basis for other housing and policy decisions.

The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of HUD and combines information on four federal entitlement grant programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Vermont is a recipient of CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds.

INTENT TO BID DUE:            MAY 30, 2014 (Optional)

QUESTIONS DUE:                 JUNE 6, 2014


RFP DUE DATE and TIME:     JUNE 25, 2014 / 4:30

Potential bidders can get more information at the following links:

If you have additional questions please contact Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828-3749 or by email at


COTS Seeking to Hire Family Shelter Assistant Coordinator


COTS Family Shelter is seeking an Assistant Coordinator to work collaboratively with the COTS leadership team.  Responsibilities include program and policy development; client service and staff development.  This position helps to oversee emergency shelter operations and programs and will work collaboratively with internal and external social service providers.

MSW strongly preferred, with experience working with substance abuse, mental illness and individuals with trauma histories. Minimum of 3 years of experience working in social services with a minimum of 2 years of supervisory/management experience required.  Reliability, independent decision making ability, excellent computer skills, comfort with public speaking, and knowledge of community resources also required.

This is a full time position with benefits.  To receive best consideration, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to



Vermont Housing & Conservation Board: A Conspiracy of Good Will

Posted May 14, 2014

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board recently released a short film featuring some first hand reports from VHCB beneficiaries from all across the state.  Interviews highlight farmers, homeowners, and leaders in Vermont’s nationally known network of non-profit affordable housing and land conservation organizations.  More features include:

  • Interviews with the executive directors of VHCB, Preservation Trust of Vermont, Champlain Housing Trust, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, The Nature Conservancy of Vermont;
  • A community celebration at the recently conserved Barre town forest with 60 miles of recreational trails threading through abandoned stone quarries dating to the early days of the granite industry;
  • A new food co-op constructed in downtown Brattleboro with affordable housing on the upper stories that recycles heat thrown off by the co-op refrigeration units to heat the apartments;
  • Dairy farmer Guy Choiniere talks about the benefits of conserving farmland and his success working with the VHCB Farm & Forest Viability Program on a business plan for his operation;
  • How the Montpelier Senior Center recovered after a fire to become the site of new apartments for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Learn more about this award-winning state funding agency established in 1987 by watching the full film posted below:


Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s Annual Luncheon is on June 6


Don’t miss the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence‘s Annual Luncheon happening at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier on Friday, June 6, 2014.

Registration is due by May 19, so make sure to register online today!

The keynote speaker is Kit Gruelle, survivor and advocate featured in the Sundance acclaimed film Private Violence.

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Dana Paull at or 802-233-1302.


 Annual Luncheon


OEO’s Shining a Light on Poverty Series Continues on May 29 with Vermont Food Bank’s John Sayles


In honor of 50 years of community action in Vermont, the Office of Economic Opportunity is hosting a series of one-hour discussions on poverty every month in 2014.  The fifth of these discussions will feature John Sayles, CEO, Vermont Foodbank, and will take place on Thursday, May 29 from Noon to 1pm.

More details from OEO:

Shining a Light on Poverty #5: Do you have enough to eat? How we feed our neighbors in need.

Guest Speaker: John Sayles, CEO, Vermont Foodbank

John will talk about the charitable food network’s role in the constellation of anti-poverty programs, including:

  • How it fits into the strategy of helping neighbors make ends meet;
  • How their role has been changing; and
  • How they can become more effective by working collectively.

How to participate?

  • Online: Space is limited. Click here to register. Reserve your seat now!
  • In person: 208 Hurricane Lane, Williston in the AHS Training Room. No need to register.  Just show up!

More about the Speaker:

John Sayles has been CEO at the Vermont Foodbank since March of 2009. Before that he served 10 years in leadership positions at the VT Agency of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Service. He is a member of the Feeding America Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee which develops national policy direction for more than 200 food banks nationwide.  He was presented the 2012 Dick Goebel Public Service Award by Feeding America for contributions in public policy development.  John is also a member of the Vermont Governor’s Pathways from Poverty Council.

John moved to Vermont in 1999, and lives in Montpelier with his wife and son.  Prior to coming to Vermont, he practiced law in Maryland, both in private and government practice.  He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and Frostburg State University.


Reminder: VAHC Monthly Meeting is Tomorrow

Posted May 13, 2014

The next Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 14, at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, 11 East State Street, Montpelier from 9:30am to 11:30pm.  Come early at 9am for coffee and networking!

Some of the highlights for this month’s meeting:

  • Section 8 Update, Jenny Hyslop, VSHA
  • Report on National Low Income Housing Coalition Conference &
    Federal Update
  • State Legislative Wrap-up

The full draft agenda is located here.

The call-in information for the meeting is as follows:

Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000
Participant Access Code: 83587

We hope to see you in person tomorrow!


$20.6 million available for 2014 Affordable Housing Program

Posted May 8, 2014

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston just announced that it will offer $20.6 million for the 2014 Affordable Housing Program competitive funding round this year.

The online application period begins July 28. Applications are due September 12.

Please register for one of the upcoming AHP training sessions at the Bank’s website:

June 12 – Stamford
July 8 – Farmington

May 22 – Framingham
June 5 – Springfield
July 16 – FHLBBoston’s offices in Boston

June 10 – Portland
July 10 – Bangor

New Hampshire:
May 29 – Portsmouth

Rhode Island:
June 17 – Providence


June 19 – Montpelier

The Bank has also scheduled several related webinars for member financial institutions, revolving loan funds, and rental and homeownership initiatives between May 28 and August 12.

Please visit the Bank’s website for more information and to download the 2014 Round Announcement and Notice of Changes.


VSHA Annual Report Now Online


The Vermont State Housing Authority recently released their annual report.  In an effort to reduce waste and costs, VSHA have prepared this year’s annual report electronically. You can read the Annual Report online here.  If you would like a downloadable pdf or a printed copy please don’t hesitate to contact VSHA at



Job Opening: Site Manager at VSHA


Vermont State Housing Authority, statewide affordable housing provider, is looking for a professional, reliable manager to handle the day-to-day management and site operations for a residential property portfolio.  Individual must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, have excellent organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills, and be able to assess and resolve complex situations.  Bachelor’s degree + minimum 3 years hands-on experience in property management in the public, nonprofit or private housing field, including experience in collections; supervisory experience is preferred.

Position is based in Montpelier.  Cover letter and resume to:  HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Full background and criminal record checks will be conducted.


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