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CSH Eviction Trainings Postponed

Posted November 28, 2016


Monday November 28, 2016


Due to logistical challenges the two previously scheduled training sessions on EVICTION PREVENTION that were set to occur this week on Tuesday, November 29th at Middlebury College and Wednesday, November 30th in White River Junction are being POSTPONED until a TBD date in early 2017 (January / February). Please feel free to forward this notice to your colleagues who planned on attending but may not have RSVP’ed.

Please be on the lookout for a new email invitation for the rescheduled training sessions within the next 2 weeks.


Register for workshop: Promote Housing Stability and Prevent Evictions

Posted November 21, 2016

You are invited to: 

Promote Housing Stability and Prevent Evictions

Two identical workshops in a series of trainings associated with Vermont’s Roadmap to End Homelessness 

Tuesday November 29th, 2016
12:30-4:00 PM
Kirk Alumni Center, Middlebury College
217 Golf Course Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753

Wednesday November 30th, 2016
9:00-12:30 PM
The Junction Room, Hotel Coolidge
39 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001 

Light refreshments will be provided at each workshop 

Helping tenants to successfully retain their housing takes creative, progressive engagement, strategies that are inclusive of all key players including service providers, property managers, and tenants themselves. This session will discuss key skills, strategies, tools and resources, to help prevent evictions of vulnerable populations and provide a foundation for their continued growth and success. 

This session targets housing and service providers, including but not limited to supportive housing service providers, and affordable housing property managers. 

‘Promote Housing Stability and Prevent Evictions’ will build and enhance partnerships between housing and service providers serving vulnerable populations in the state of Vermont. The session will increase participants’ skills in communication, coordination, and ability to access resources and tools to prevent evictions and increase housing stability. 

Please RSVP by Wednesday November 23rd:

White River Junction:

Contact Chelsea Ross at with any questions.

The same training will be held at each location.  Register for one only.


REGISTER NOW: New England Housing Network Federal Policy Forum – 12/16

Posted November 17, 2016

New England Housing Network
Federal Forum 


Friday, December 16
9 AM – Noon

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue


We have been advised that space is limited and filling quickly for next month’s Federal Forum, sponsored by the New England Housing Network. Click below to register.

Registration closes December 12 or when filled. Note pre-registration and photo ID at the door are required due to security measures at the Federal Reserve. Forum fee is $35.


Friday, December 16, 2016

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(Breakfast & registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Please note that you must register and bring a photo ID due to security measures at the Federal Reserve.

What will the Trump Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country?  At this forum, we’ll hear from national experts about what they predict will happen, and we’ll hear reactions from New England speakers about what the impact will be on our states.  We’ll also consider what we can do proactively to encourage a robust federal affordable housing agenda as we begin 2017.

National Speakers:

  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Benson “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

New England Speakers:

  • CT – Florence Villano, Executive Director, Connecticut Housing Coalition
  • MA – Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
  • ME – Bill Shanahan, Executive Director, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
  • NH – Ben Frost, Director of Legal and Public Affairs, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • RI – Barbara Fields, Executive Director, Rhode Island Housing
  • VT – Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

New England Housing Network Lead Agencies:
CT   Connecticut Housing Coalition
MA   Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
ME   Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
NH   Housing Action New Hampshire
RI   Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island
VT   Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition


Thank you to our generous event sponsors!


For more information, contact CHAPA at 617-742-0820.



Rural Rental Preservation Data Dashboards Launched

Posted November 10, 2016

USDA Rural Housing Service has unveiled a set of five dashboards designed to provide key data to help preserve the affordability of USDA’s Multi-Family Housing (MFH) properties. The publicly accessible, user-friendly set – currently available in beta – is designed to help policymakers and industry leaders collect, track and analyze the timeframe for when the USDA mortgages could be paid off exiting USDA’s MFH program. These dashboards and their information can facilitate preservation discussions such as the transfer of properties and other efforts to protect our tenants.

Using this data will help you and the department take strategic action to preserve MF properties as appropriate, using RHS financing tools, including re-amortization, deferring loan payments, seeking new loans for rehabilitation, transferring properties to new owners, or take other actions to preserve affordable rental housing in rural areas.

The beta Property Preservation Dashboards can be publicly accessed on the Tableau Public Website. They complement data resources released by USDA earlier this year, including its rural housing investment dataprogram exit data, and mapped data overlaid with thousands of other indicators in PolicyMap. The Dashboard enable users to obtain such critical information as the number of USDA MFH properties exist in each state and details on projected dates for mortgage pay-offs.

When using the dashboards, you can narrow the data by location, program and other indicators. The dashboards also feature a user guide and data dictionary.


Voices for Vermont’s Homeless Infants & Toddlers


Please join COTS for a presentation and panel discussion on a recent UVM study highlighting the realities of providing Early Intervention services for homeless children ages 0-3. The event will take place on November 17 from 4 to 5:30pm at the University of Vermont Davis Center in the Williams Family Room 403.

To RSVP, please contact Tamira Martel at or (802) 864-7402 ext. 208.


Save the Date – NLIHC Forum to Address Affordable Housing Landscape Post-Election


NLIHC’s 2017 Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC, April 2-4, 2017 will convene thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, affordable housing practitioners, low income residents, and leaders from Capitol Hill and the new Administration to discuss the post-election landscape for affordable housing in America. The Forum will explore emerging challenges and opportunities given the leadership changes in Washington and the best strategies for achieving positive affordable housing policy solutions. For more information, go to, or call NLIHC at (202) 662-1530, or e-mail


Save the Date – Better Buildings by Design 2017


Mark your calendar for Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2017, the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. This year’s conference takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, Vermont. Click here for more information.


Rutland Houses Used for Drug Trafficking Will Become Affordable, Owner-Occupied Housing


NeighborWorks of Western Vermont has gained ownership of three buildings in Rutland that were previously used to traffic drugs. This has created an opportunity for the creation of three new affordable, owner-occupied homes in a neighborhood that has seen more and more of their housing stock being rented out.

Federal law allows for the forfeiture of property used to facilitate or commit felony drug offenses. It’s rarely used, says Miller, but his office filed suit against the landlord using the law.

As part of a settlement agreement, the City of Rutland waved outstanding taxes and fees and passed ownership of the forfeited homes to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a nonprofit organization that will renovate and sell the properties.

Ludy Biddle, NeighborWorks’ executive director, says new purchasers will have to live in the homes for a set amount of time and qualify financially.

Read more about these new homes here.


Building Flourishing Communities


The Building Flourishing Communities Summit happens on December 1st and 2nd at Lake Morey. We believe the summit will give us the foundation to move from ACEs to action.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study showed us the connection between early childhood adversity and later risky behavior and poor health outcomes.

What we do with that information, however, has been a question. How do we use the power of the ACEs study to help us move forward in a strength-based manner? How do we apply our new knowledge on a population level?

Come work with us as we answer these questions and strengthen our state-wide network in order to Build Flourishing Communities!

Please register ASAP – we are already half-full and will close on-line registration on Nov. 17th. This week we are sending this reminder email to community groups and other non-Agency of Human Services lists. We will send a reminder out to everyone within the Agency of Human Services during the week of Nov 7th. We would like to have a strong showing from our communities, so please register now!

Room Reservations are handled directly by Lake Morey Resort at: or by calling 800-423-1211.




Office Services Coordinator Position Available at VSHA

Posted November 7, 2016

Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider/manager, needs a professional individual to assist Executive Management in the areas of administration, board support, human resources, & finance; with overall responsibility for office services & facility management. Individual will use a variety of computerized programs including word processing, spreadsheet, database, photo shop, MS publisher & other programs.  Associates degree & 3 years progressively responsible administrative experience.  Full time position located in Montpelier, VT.  Send cover letter & resume to:  HR, VSHA, One Prospect St., Montpelier, Vt.  Visit for full details.  VSHA is an equal opportunity employer.


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