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Voices of Home – Interview #2

Posted August 31, 2016

In case you missed it, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition recently launched a new storytelling project entitled Voices of Home. Please visit http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/voices/ to listen to our latest resident interview! Also, be sure to subscribe to our blog feed using the form in the right sidebar to stay updated on future interviews and content!

 

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Voices of Home is a story sharing project which aims to:

  • Empower those living in affordable housing to be leaders, through listening to and sharing resident stories,
  • Break down stigmas that may be held by general public regarding those receiving or in need of housing assistance through community engagement and conversation,
  • Build community by engaging residents in a project outside their immediate living situation and supporting each other through the story-telling process,
  • Bridge conversations between residents, policy makers, and community by changing the power dynamic so residents’ voices are heard and accounted for.

For our second installment, we feature an interview with 3 Cathedral Square resident Bunny Beard. She tells us stories from her photo albums of her years in St. Albans, where she started a consignment shop many years ago. She also discusses how she has come to call 3 Cathedral Square her home for almost eleven years: “This is home,” she says. “You look around, and you may not think it’s big enough for home, but home doesn’t matter whether it’s a castle or two rooms, it’s yours. If you take care of it, it’s home.”

We hope to expand on this project through other mediums and community outreach, including a moving art show. To learn more about the project, visit our About page here. If you are a resident of affordable housing or an organization that provides affordable housing or services to residents and are interested in participating in the project, visit our Contact page here.

To listen to our latest interview click here!

 



SAVE THE DATE – Sept 20 Annual Meeting

Posted August 30, 2016

Joint Meeting of Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition &
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness,
Annual VAHC Meeting &
Monthly VCEH Meeting

 

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

The VAHC’s annual joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), our own Annual Meeting, and the VCEH’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 9:30 – 2:30 at a location TBD, probably in Randolph or Central Vermont.

The agenda is still being finalized, but we have confirmed gubernatorial candidates Sue Minter and Lt. Governor Phil Scott.

The joint meeting will conclude with a networking lunch, followed by the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting.  Here is the overall agenda for the day:

  •  9:30-12:00   VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting
    • 9:45 – Sue Minter (confirmed)
    • 10:30 – Phil Scott (confirmed)
  • 12:00-1:00     Networking Lunch
  •  1:00-2:30      VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting

We’ll send out the full, detailed agenda, location and background materials as soon as they are finalized.

Hope to see you on the 20th!

 



Help Us Welcome HUD Secretary Julián Castro to Vermont

Posted August 25, 2016

SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, September 1, 1:30pm, Burlington

Please join Senator Patrick Leahy, our two other congressional offices, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition in welcoming Julián Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Vermont.

Senator Leahy is hosting a policy roundtable, entitled “The State of Housing in Vermont,” next Thursday, September 1st from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm at the Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall.

Senator Leahy, Secretary Castro and partners from Vermont’s affordable housing and homelessness network will highlight a few of the state’s many successes, as well as the challenges we face, in providing affordable housing and supportive services to Vermonters of all income levels and abilities, including our lowest income, most vulnerable citizens.

Afterwards, join Senator Leahy, Housing Vermont and the Champlain Housing Trust to celebrate the opening of Vermont’s newest 40-unit, resident controlled housing cooperative on Bright Street in Burlington’s Old North End. The ribbon cutting and open house is from 3 – 4pm.

You are invited to attend both of these events. Here are the details:

“The State of Housing in Vermont” Roundtable Discussion
1:30 – 2:45pm
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall

Bright Street Housing Co-op Ribbon Cutting
3 – 4pm
Parking available in the garage under the building located approximately at 114 Archibald Street

Click here for Senator Leahy’s announcement.

For more information, contact Kate Ash in Senator Leahy’s Montpelier office at 802-229-0569.

We hope to see you next week!

 

 



Survey: Roadmap for Ending Homelessness

Posted August 23, 2016

As you may know, a steering committee comprising housing and service providers, state agencies and funding organizations is overseeing an effort to accelerate our mutual  work to reduce homelessness and stabilize vulnerable populations.  The specific purpose is to build on existing efforts by developing a system for facilitating service-connected affordable housing options, building local capacity, determining costs and identifying available and needed resources.

The Committee has engaged the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which has assisted cities and states across the country with similar projects.  CSH is currently gathering information through interviews, facilitated meetings and an online survey as part of its assessment of current efforts and challenges encountered by experts in the field.  The feedback it receives will greatly inform its recommended “roadmap” for ending homelessness.

As Co-Chairs of the Roadmap Steering Committee, we hope you will take the time to complete this survey and share it with your colleagues and networks. We are especially interested in getting input from tenants, program participants and Vermonters with lived experience of homelessness. The survey will remain open until August 29th.

Your responses will be confidential and aggregated by staff at CSH.

Angus Chaney
Director of Housing
Vermont Agency of Human Services

Jen Hollar
Director of Policy
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

PS – It’s hard to see from the front of the survey, but CSH has wired it in the background such that if you check the radio button for tenant/consumer/lived experience it jumps you ahead to questions that are more relevant for — and accessible to — non-practitioners. It’s set up that in most cases lay people should be able to complete it themselves if they have some familiarity and access to computers.

 



VAHC TV: Voices of Home

Posted August 11, 2016

Host Ted Wimpey talks with Corinne Yonce, VISTA Resident Organizer, about the Voices of Home project. To watch the program, view the embedded link below or click here. You can also view the program on-air on Tuesday August 16 and 23 at 4pm on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV.

 



Introducing Voices of Home!

Posted August 4, 2016

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is very excited to announce the launch of our brand new storytelling project:
Voices of Home!

Please visit http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/voices/ to listen to our first resident interview! Also, be sure to subscribe to our blog feed using the form in the right sidebar to stay updated on future interviews and content!

Voices of Home is a story sharing project which aims to:

  • Empower those living in affordable housing to be leaders, through listening to and sharing resident stories,
  • Break down stigmas that may be held by general public regarding those receiving or in need of housing assistance through community engagement and conversation,
  • Build community by engaging residents in a project outside their immediate living situation and supporting each other through the story-telling process,
  • Bridge conversations between residents, policy makers, and community by changing the power dynamic so residents’ voices are heard and accounted for.

Interviews will consist of adaptable questions relating to the theme of home. Interviewees will be residents living in housing with various public subsidies. The interviews will be a tool which the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and our member organizations can use to advocate for policies benefiting affordable housing and efforts to end homelessness. Through having the interviews accessible on our blog and on radio, the stories will reach a wide audience and give insight into the stories behind statistical numbers usually associated with policy making.

We hope to expand on this project through other mediums and community outreach, including a moving art show. To learn more about the project, visit our About page here. If you are a resident of affordable housing or an organization that provides affordable housing or services to residents and are interested in participating in the project, visit our Contact page here.

To listen to our first interview click here!