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Job Opportunity: Resource Coordinator at Groundworks Drop-In Center

Posted September 30, 2015

The Groundworks Collaborative is seeking a Resource Coordinator for their Drop-In Center. For a full link to this description and to apply, click here.

Responsible for handling front desk reception and administrative duties which includes greeting clients, providing intake and referral opportunities, answering a multi-line telephone system, and sorting and distributing mail in a fast-paced community agency setting.


• Manage a multi-line telephone
• Provide information, referrals, and support to a variety of clients with particular emphasis on basic screening abilities and confidentiality
• Become a first point of contact for all clients and visitors to the Drop-In Center
• Support the flow of clients into the community food shelf
• Basic daily cleaning
• Management of mail delivery system
• Take and relay messages
• Database entry


• Prior customer service experience required, with a preference to those who have worked with vulnerable or at-risk populations
• Basic computer skills
• Ability to multi-task with high attention to details
• Exceptional communication skills



AHRAE Champlain Valley Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, October 7th in South Burlington


Below is information on the ASHRAE Champlain Valley chapter meeting on Wednesday, October 7th in South Burlington. The event will feature one of ASHRAE’s distinguished lecturers, Dan Nall, who will be presenting on ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient, a new building energy labeling system:

The October chapter meeting will be on Wednesday, October 7th at the Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington, VT (google maps).

Meeting Agenda:
5:00 Registration & Cash Bar
5:30 Chapter Business
6:00 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Technical Presentation

Please plan to join us on Wednesday, October 7th for a presentation on the ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient (bEQ).

Our October meeting will be a presentation from one of ASHRAE’s distinguished lectures, Dan Nall. The ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program provides ASHRAE Chapters with lectures equipped to speak on relevant subjects that interest our ASHRAE members and guests.

Dan will be presenting on ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient , a new building energy labeling system that is gaining significant attention from designers and building owners alike. The Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) provides an analysis of a building’s energy consumption or energy features and allow comparison to similar buildings. Dan will talk us through the rating system, procedures for acquiring ratings, and how it can be used to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

$30 CVC Members ($10 Student Members)
$35 Non-Members ($15 Student Non-Members)
RSVP On-Line – Please Click Here



Vermont to Receive $3.2 Million Grant to Protect Children From Lead Poisoning


The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board announced that Vermont will receive a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to continue the State’s Lead Hazard Reduction Program. The funds will be used to control lead paint hazards in the homes of low-income families and to raise awareness about this common and dangerous toxin still found in the majority of Vermont homes.

Program Director Ron Rupp said, “Lead poisoning remains the number one environmental threat to young children, causing permanent neurological and behavioral problems and lowering IQs. Vermont has some of the oldest housing in the United States, much of it containing lead paint hazards, and these funds will be used to make homes safe for families with young children.”

Prevention efforts will also include outreach and public education activities conducted by the Vermont Department of Health and other partners. The award includes $325,000 of Healthy Homes funding to address other health and safety issues in homes undergoing lead paint hazard abatement.

“Too many children in Vermont, and across the country, have been harmed by ingesting lead in their homes. Prevention, by making homes safe before kids get poisoned, is the key to addressing this solvable problem” said Senator Patrick Leahy.

Senator Bernie Sanders said, “Few things are more important than making sure children grow up in healthy and safe homes. More needs to be done to protect children from lead and other hazardous substances.”

Since 1994 the Vermont Lead Hazard Reduction Program at VHCB has addressed lead hazards in approximately 2,400 homes and apartments throughout the State. The program also provides lead safety training to property owners, contractors and child care providers and conducts outreach and public education efforts to prevent lead poisoning. Eligible properties receive free services in the form of testing, risk assessment, work plans, construction oversight, and clearance testing. Homeowners and landlords are eligible for grants and deferred loans to pay certified contractors. To learn more and apply, visit: or call (802) 828-5064.

A number of state and federal regulations require property owners and contractors to deal safely with lead paint and prevent the creation of lead-contaminated dust, the most common pathway for childhood lead exposure. Adults can be at risk as well from exposure at work or from certain hobbies. More information about applicable regulations and ways to prevent lead poisoning can be found at

HUD Secretary Julián Castro said, “Every family deserves to live in a safe and healthy home where they can see their children thrive and excel. Communities will use these grants to help eliminate home-related hazards in neighborhoods across the country. A healthy home is vital to the American Dream.”

Unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the health of millions of people of all income levels, geographic areas, and walks of life in the U.S. These unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the economy directly, through increased utilization of health care services, and indirectly through lost wages and increased school days missed. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress, all which help to improve the quality of life.


Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar Hired by VHCB

Posted September 29, 2015

Below is an excerpt of an article written by by Timothy McQuiston for Vermont Business Magazine regarding Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar leaving her position with the state government to work for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, which also highlights some of the work that the VHCB does throughout the state.

Deputy Housing Commissioner Jennifer Hollar is leaving her position in state government to work for the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board in Montpelier. Already experienced in community housing efforts, Hollar was among the first appointments of the Shumlin Administration and an important member of the team dedicated to the recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Irene hit in late August 2011. Hollar is stepping down at the end of September and will join VHCB November 1.

Governor Peter Shumlin said in a statement: “Jen has been a great asset to the state of Vermont. Her efforts to expand affordable housing options for Vermonters have strengthened our downtowns and economy. She is a tireless advocate for affordable housing and has magically moved the levers of government to make things happen. Jen is bright, dedicated, and results-oriented. She will be missed but I know she’ll continue to do great things for Vermont at VHCB.”

Similar to how the Vermont Economic Development Authority and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp are organized, VHCB is a quasi-public entity whose board is appointed by members of both the administration and the Legislature. Its mission statement, in part, says, “The dual goals of creating affordable housing for Vermonters, and conserving and protecting Vermont’s agricultural land, forestland, historic properties, important natural areas, and recreational lands are of primary importance to the economic vitality and quality of life of the State.”

To continue reading the article, click here.


Job Opportunity: Seasonal Shelter Assistant Coordinator, COTS


COTS has an anticipated opening for a full time Seasonal Shelter Assistant Coordinator beginning mid-October 2015 through mid-April 2016. The Seasonal Shelter Assistant Coordinator manages an approximately 40 bed emergency shelter serving single adults, some who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Responsibilities of this position include supervising all shelter staff and volunteers, overseeing daily operations for the shelter space, shaping ongoing operational policies, and collaborating with COTS staff and community partners on guest and shelter needs. The Seasonal Shelter Assistant Coordinator fosters a safe, positive environment for shelter clients while adeptly managing conflicts and crisis situations. The Seasonal Shelter Assistant Coordinator will be the primary intake worker at the shelter with approximately 25 direct service hours per week.

Successful applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or other related Human Services field and 3-5 years’ experience in direct social services. Supervisory experience and crisis management skills required, along with knowledge of and experience with issues relating to homelessness, substance use, mental illness and trauma. Strong Microsoft Office experience required; experience with Foothold database or Homeless Management Information Systems desired.

The shelter will operate from 6pm to 7am, 7 days a week. This position will have set daytime and weeknight hours, as well as potential weekend hours. As such, flexibility and ability to work daytime hours, overnight week and weekend hours required. This is a seasonal 40 hour per week contracted position without benefits; the rate of pay is approximately $25 per hour.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply to COTS positions.

COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



West Lebanon Apartments Set for Sale to Twin Pines Housing Trust

Posted September 28, 2015

Valley News reports that Twin Pines Housing Trust has received initial approval from USDA Rural Development to purchase the Pine Tree Lane apartments in West Lebanon, NH. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The death last month of the owner of two subsidized housing complexes in West Lebanon will not prevent a nonprofit organization from purchasing the properties by the end of the year and maintaining them as affordable housing, federal officials say.

David Hodges Sr., 84, president of The Hodges Companies and owner of the Pine Tree Lane and Beechwood apartments, 100 units of affordable housing located on an extension of Pleasant Street in West Lebanon, died at home in New London on Aug. 16.

Hodges had notified Pine Tree residents in late March that their rental assistance would expire at the end of December. Since then, Twin Pines Housing Trust — an Upper Valley nonprofit developer of affordable housing — has been working toward purchasing the property in order to preserve the affordability of the apartments.

On Friday, Ted Brady, the director of USDA Rural Development in Vermont and New Hampshire, said his program has completed preliminary underwriting of the mortgage loan necessary for Twin Pines to purchase the properties.

The initial approval is “a critical milestone that indicates the transfer of the property from the current owner to Twin Pines will occur before rental assistance to the residents of Pine Tree Apartments expires in December,” Brady said.

Under Rural Development’s Section 515 program, the loan would allow residents to continue to receive rental assistance for up to 30 additional years, Brady said.

Brady said he could not predict how Hodge’s death might affect Twin Pines’ purchase, but “the most important part is the fundamentals of the deal have been worked out, (which) indicates we’ll get to the closing before December.”

In an email Friday, Twin Pines Executive Director Andrew Winter confirmed that his organization has received initial approval from Rural Development.

“We at Twin Pines are delighted that we have been able to step forward at a time of need, and working with The Hodges Companies, reach an agreement to keep this property affordable,” he said. “While there remain issues to complete the sale, we do not believe those issues to be significant.”

To continue reading the article, click here.


Register Now for the Vermont Housing Managers Association Annual Conference – October 29 & 30, 2015

Posted September 25, 2015

Register now for the Vermont Housing Managers Association Annual Conference which will take place on October 29th & 30th at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The following important deadlines are approaching:

Deadline to reserve a hotel room at the discounted rate: September 28, 2015
Deadline to submit a scholarship request: October 12, 2015
Deadline to register for the Annual Conference: October 16, 2015

All details, including links to register and to reserve hotel rooms, are included in the brochure located here (PDF File).


Save the Date: New England Housing Network Annual Conference – December 4, 2015


On Friday, December 4, 2015 the New England Housing Network Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, MA. Registration information will be sent 6 weeks prior to the event.

Presenting an All Star Line Up of National Advocates presenting their thoughts “in the round” and holding “office hours” to address your specific questions:

John Bohm, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
Sheila Crowley, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
Kristen Johnson-Obey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, NeighborWorks America
Jeff Mosley, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Housing Assistance Council
Andrea Ponsor, Housing Policy Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Benson “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL)
Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Dr. Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Children’s HealthWatch
Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Frank Woodruff, Executive Director, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Association (NACEDA)
Diane Yentel, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Enterprise Community Partners

The conference will also include workshops on hot topics in housing and community development. Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Brenda Clement for more information at or 617-742-0820 x108. Please visit the CHAPA website for more information.



Register Now for the Vermont Collective Impact Conference

Posted September 24, 2015

Vermont Collective Impact Conference: Moving Beyond Collaboration to Transform Our Communities:

October 20, 2015 • 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont
$85 Early Bird Registration Fee ($100 after October 1)

United Way of Chittenden County, The University of Vermont Medical Center, The Vermont Community Foundation and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission invite you to attend the Vermont Collective Impact Conference. At this statewide, one-day conference, we will convene community partners, business leaders, nonprofits, policy makers, government at all levels, funders, advocates and other stakeholders to explore how we can build our communities through Collective Impact.

The Vermont Collective Impact Conference will feature presentations and discussions led by Greg Hills, Managing Director at FSG. FSG is a national leader in the Collective Impact movement. The Conference will connect you with fellow Vermonters who are committed to improving our communities by working together. You’ll leave with a better understanding of essential concepts and factors of success, and tools you can use to assess the readiness of your community to engage in a Collective Impact approach. Agenda, program details and registration are available



Job Opportunity: VAHC is Looking to Fill AmeriCorps VISTA Resident Organizer Position!


The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition ( has re-opened its search for an AmeriCorps VISTA member to continue an exciting resident organizing and community engagement project. In response to a growing need for resident engagement and organizing in affordable housing properties, VAHC works to organize and build leadership among residents living in subsidized housing, some of which may be at risk of losing their affordability, undergoing changes in ownership and/or major building rehabilitation. The A*VISTA will:

  • Help organize & support resident associations
  • Provide logistic & communication support (plan resident meetings, create fliers, mailings, etc.)
  • Create resources for resident leaders & organizers
  • Fundraise for short- & long-term project needs
  • Strengthen the network of resident associations and leaders and staff a project advisory committee
  • Identify and promote community engagement strategies and leadership development opportunities for residents
  • Coordinate a long-term storytelling project and outreach campaign to tell the stories of residents in affordable housing
  • Identify and develop community engagement projects and strategies
  • Maintain detailed documentation of project activities & outcomes
  • Provide outreach to the media & broader community
  • Promote best practices by planning conferences and trainings
  • Interface with regional and national partners by attending conferences and trainings
  • Meet requirements of Vermont Youth Tomorrow Program, including weekly timesheets, quarterly reports, and newsletter articles; attend monthly training sessions; research and write a community profile; create a legacy manual; and participate MLK Day activities.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Interest in fields of affordable housing, homelessness and community organizing
  • Commitment to working on social justice issues
  • Self-starter attitude and ability to work independently
  • Well-developed research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of web-based media
  • Commitment to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and agree to the protocols set forth by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  • Housing, community organizing, social media, grant-writing experience a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and car required.

A modest living allowance of $1,108 a month (gross) is provided, as well as an end of service stipend of $1,500 or education award of $5,730. For a complete summary of benefits, visit Health benefits are available, as well as personal and medical leave time. The position is open until filled, and the start date will be in November 2015. The placement is for one year from the start date. Successful candidates are required to attend a pre-service training in November. The position is based in Burlington, Vermont but serves a statewide organization.

To apply, please fill out an application at (click here for a direct link to our position) AND reply to this posting with your resume and cover letter:

Erhard Mahnke
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
275 Northgate Road
Burlington, VT  05408
(electronic submission preferred)


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