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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Sign on by Feb 10 to Protect Nondefense Programs

Posted January 30, 2017

NDD United has extended the deadline for the February sign-on letter to February 10th to allow for more groups to join in the fight to protect nondefense discretionary investments. While there is no shortage of threats to the programs we all care about, the number of threats to funding for those same programs continue to grow in this new environment. This can be seen in the President’s choice of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a strong proponent of cuts, to head the Office of Management and Budget and in the President’s “Penny Plan” that would further deteriorate the NDD budget. In addition, the President’s request for increased budgets for defense begs the question of where they will cut to offset those increases.

They invite all national, state, and local organizations to join the list of attached organizations in signing this letter urging Congress to protect NDD programs from further cuts and to end sequestration. To sign, click here and complete the form.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out by email ( or phone 202-484-1100.


Job Opening – Lamoille Housing Partnership – Finance Manager


Lamoille Housing Partnership, a non-profit developer of affordable housing in Lamoille County and Hardwick, seeks a full time Finance manager to work in our busy office in Morrisville. Our ideal candidate will be a well organized team player with great communication skills. Duties include general office management, payroll, construction finance tracking, grant and fundraising tracking, budgeting and financial analysis and property performance analysis. Experience in construction and/or real estate development and asset management a plus. Minimum of Associate’s degree. Finalists will be required to pass background checks.

For a more complete job description or to apply, please email resume, three letters of reference and salary requirements to: No phone calls please.

Additional information about LHP can be found at LHP is an equal opportunity employer. Position will remain open until filled.


Correction – VHCC Legislative Day on Feb. 2


Please be advised that VHCC Legislative day at the Statehouse will take place this Thursday, February 2nd. This is a correction from our newsletter last week which stated that the event was taking place on the 5th. We hope to see you there!


NOTICE – Change in VAHC February Meeting Date


Please be advised that the next Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition meeting, previously scheduled for Wednesday, February 8th, will now take place from 9:30 to 11:30 on Friday, February 17th at the Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Luke Dodge. An agenda and call-in information will go out in the coming weeks.


Vermont Conducts Annual Point in Time Count of the Homeless

Posted January 27, 2017

On January 24th, homeless service providers across Vermont conducted a one-night census of the homeless population in our state. Each year, the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness organizes the Point In Time Count of the Homeless. This HUD-mandated count is an effort to survey the state of homelessness in Vermont for state and federal policymakers, as well as to raise awareness about how far we have to go. Visit to find our more about the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the planning that goes into the Point in Time count. To hear more about the count from one of its coordinators, click here.


Cathedral Square Receives $625,000 to Support Senior Housing Development in South Burlington


Cathedral Square Corporation (CSC), a nonprofit organization that develops and manages affordable senior living communities, today received a $625,000 award from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) to help fund a new, 39-unit residence for seniors in South Burlington’s new city center. CSC is partnering with Snyder Braverman Development Company LLC to develop the project on Market Street.

CSC Chief Executive Officer Kim Fitzgerald called the VHCB award “a critical piece of the financing puzzle” needed for City Center Senior Housing, which will provide service-supported homes for 39 senior households. The development will be mixed income, providing affordable and market-rate homes for elders.  The vacancy rate for rental housing in the Chittenden County area is approximately 1 percent, which makes finding affordable housing extremely difficult for seniors of modest means, she added.

For more information on the project, visit and


Community-Based Public Hearings on the FY2018 Governor’s Proposed State Budget


The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the FY 2018 Governor’s Proposed State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the 6 locations listed below.

  • Bellows Falls: Windham Antique Center, 5 The Square.
  • Johnson: Johnson State College, Bentley 207.
  • Rutland City: Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building.
  • St. Albans City: St. Albans City Elementary School, Library.
  • St. Johnsbury: The St. Johnsbury School, Cafeteria.
  • Winooski: Community College of Vermont, Janice Couture Room (108).
  • An additional public hearing will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.

To view or print a copy of the proposed budget, go to the Department of Finance and Management’s website by clicking here. For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, call Theresa Utton-Jerman or Rebecca Buck, Joint Fiscal Office, 802-828-5767 or toll-free 1-800-322-5616; or e-mail: or Requests for interpreters should be made to the office by Monday, January 30, 2017.


Scott Seeks New Affordable Housing Funds

Posted January 25, 2017

From VT Digger: Phil Scott seeks a $35 million bond to allow the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to build new homes for low-income and middle-income residents.

Jen Hollar, the policy director for the board, said some of the housing would be for families earning up to $84,000, and other housing would serve low-income, homeless and potentially homeless Vermonters.

Hollar said it is too early to tell how many housing units could be built with the $35 million, but she said the board would seek federal funding and leverage the state money to raise private capital.

Read the full article.



Jobs Available at Vermont State Housing Authority



Make a difference by helping Vermont individuals & families with their housing needs. Join the professional team at the Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider.  Position open for an organized, reliable individual to perform a variety of administrative & technical support to the overall day-to-day program division operations.   Position is office based in Montpelier & involves telephone communication & public contact work. Must be able to multi-task & work in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team.  Visit our web site at Cover letter & resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Join the Vermont State Housing Authority Property & Asset Management team as a Site Specialist helping individuals & families with their housing needs.  The Site Specialist is responsible for all duties related to intake services such as application processing & verifications; perform annual & interim recertifications, handle correspondence; process daily work & monthly reports.  Must be organized, reliable & able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team.  Position is office based in Montpelier & includes extensive telephone & public contact work.  Visit our web site at  Cover letter & resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Trump Administration Suspends FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cut

Posted January 23, 2017

Just hours after his inauguration, HUD issued an order to suspend the reduction of Mortgage Insurance Premiums. This suspension does not come as much of a surprise, as President Obama had ordered a second reduction of these premiums just days before his second term concluded.

Ben Carson, the Trump administrations presumptive Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Trump administration plans to “really examine” the Obama administration’s decision to cut FHA premiums before determining a course of action.

Read more from HousingWire.


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