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SAVE THE DATE: Lamoille Housing Partnership Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, October 3rd

Posted September 25, 2014

The Lamoille Housing Partnership is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3rd at 1:30PM to celebrate the transformation of the former Arthur’s Department Store into new housing and commercial space. All are welcomed to join in and share the excitement for this project at 53 Lower Main Street Morrisville, VT. For more information on the project click here.



SAVE THE DATE: VHRC Fair Housing Training with Robert Schwemm, October 3


The Vermont Human Rights Commission presents Fair Housing Training with Robert Schwemm, author of Housing Discrimination: Law & Litigation on October 3rd from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. CLE credits available. Space is limited and official registration information to follow soon. If you plan to attend, please contact Ellen Maxon by email here. For more information click here or view the event flyer here (PDF format).



Housing: Fair, Safe, Affordable: Intersection of Transportation, Locational Efficiency, and Inclusive Communities

Posted September 24, 2014

Recently, Ted Wimpey of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and Michelle Boomhower of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission spoke about how transportation planning affects the affordability of a community on a Channel 17 telecast. Read more about it on the VHFA Housing Matters blog here or view the entire broadcast through the embedded player below.


SAVE THE DATE: VHCC Annual Meeting, October 8th


The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier in the Ethan Allen Room. The Annual Meeting is one of the most critical meetings to attend all year. We will do the usual of looking backward at the 2014 legislative session, approving a work plan for 2015, outlining legislative outreach activities for the fall, and adopting a VHCC budget. Most importantly, however, the co-chairs and other conservation and affordable housing leaders are working on formulating a strategy to achieve full formula funding AND a Capital Budget request this year. We need your participation now.

Vermont is experiencing a worsening situation with homelessness, urgency to preserve some of the current affordable housing units, an inadequate amount of federal funding for farmland protection and a critical level of pressure on our forestland that has led to heightened concern for fragmentation. This confluence of issues requires urgency from all coalition members that must be expressed to the administration and the legislature.

The sustained, good work of the affordable housing and conservation community has made a difference in Vermont communities and we can do more with more funding. Please contact to RSVP or with any questions.

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SAVE THE DATE: VCDA Community Tour and Annual Meeting, October 23rd


The Vermont Community Development Association will be holding their fall meeting, community tour, and annual meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at Blanchard Block in Barre. The theme of the meeting is “Economic Gardening – Growing, Cultivating, and Creating Jobs”. A complete registration packet will be available soon. For more information contact Theresa Bachand of VLCT at (802) 229-9111 or by email. Also, view this flyer for more details (DOC format).


Final Reminder: Vermont Housing Needs Assessment – Deadline September 24th 10PM

Posted September 23, 2014

The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development has retained Bowen National Research to conduct a Statewide Housing Needs Assessment. If you are an organization providing housing or services to Vermonters, your input is vital and will help ensure the housing needs assessment is reflective of the housing needs in your community or service area. The deadline for the survey has been extended to Wednesday, September 24th at 10:00PM. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. To encourage a candid discussion, your responses will remain confidential and only aggregate results will be presented in our final report. Please click here to take the survey.



SAVE THE DATE: Better Buildings By Design Conference, February 4 & 5 2015


The Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings By Design Conference will be held on February 4th and 5th, 2015 at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme of the 2015 conference will be “Trends in Cold Climate Construction”. Learn more about the conference and sign up for email updates here.



Joint Committee On Tax Credits Meeting, September 29th

Posted September 22, 2014

The Vermont Joint Committee on Tax Credits will be meeting on Monday, September 29th from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Vermont Housing Finance Agency for a review of the qualified allocation plan. Tentative topics are:

  • Review of developer fee policy:
    • VHFA recommendations.
  • Discussion of appraisals, operating costs, and requests for resources:
    • Discussion of current policies.
    • How should these look when underwriting applications?
  • Discussion/clarification on current definition of special needs housing:
    • How does AHS review this?
    • Should QAP changes be made? If so, process for input, when?
  • Discussion on current priorities/limitations, including age-segregated housing:
    • Review of current data.
    • Should QAP changes be made? If so, process for input, when?
  • Other State and Federal Policy Issues.


Job Opportunity With the Vermont Human Rights Commission


The Vermont Human Rights Commission is seeking applicants for the position of Administrative Law Examiner/Investigator. Responsibilities include: investigating complaints of discrimination in housing, public accommodations and state government employment by locating and interviewing witnesses, obtaining and reviewing documents, conciliating complaints, conducting legal research, writing in-depth reports that contain a factual and legal analysis as to the merits of the complaint and making a recommended finding to the Commissioners.  This person is expected to present educational workshops and training and conduct outreach on issues of civil rights under state and federal law.  Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent Vermont four-year law study required.  For a full job description and qualifications click here. Application deadline is September 26th.  



SAVE THE DATE: Vermont Development Conference, November 5th


White + Burke presents the Vermont Development Conference on Wednesday, November 5 from 9:00AM – 7:00PM at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel. Join more than 200 development and real estate professionals for a full day of networking, seminars, and workshops. For a full schedule click here.



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