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Register for CBPP Webinar, “Treacherous Road Ahead: Outlook for Federal Housing Funding and Policy”

Posted February 14, 2017

The safety net – including federal housing assistance – is facing the gravest threats in our lifetimes, and the road ahead will be unpredictable as well as difficult. In a webinar at 2 pm (ET) on Thursday, February 16, CBPP staff Barbara Sard, Doug Rice and Kathy Saile will guide participants through the challenging terrain of federal housing funding and policy in 2017, with an eye towards identifying key threats, opportunities, and decision points.

To register for the free webinar, click here.

Helpful background for the webinar is a recent commentary by CBPP President Robert Greenstein that outlines the mounting signs suggesting that the forthcoming Trump budget may contain cuts harsher than those in recent House GOP budgets, which themselves would have slashed programs and services across much of the budget.  Mr. Greenstein concludes: “the forthcoming Trump budget is likely to represent the largest Robin Hood-in-reverse proposal from any President in modern U.S. history, shifting substantial amounts of income from people of modest means to those who already possess enormous wealth.”


Delta Dental Plan of Vermont Makes $60,000 Grant to Reduce Homelessness

Posted February 13, 2017

Burlington, VT – The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance announced today a $60,000 grant from Delta Dental Plan of Vermont awarded to fund a collective impact approach towards making homelessness in Chittenden County both rare and brief. The award will help expand and coordinate the involvement of government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens through the hiring of backbone support. This support will better organize local efforts around homelessness, to reinforce successful strategies and to ensure that success is measured consistently through systems of reliable shared data.

“It is important to make sure residents of Chittenden County have access to basic human needs like nourishment and reliable shelter.  Taking these worries away will establish a platform to help them achieve their best oral and overall health.  We are proud to partner with the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance to collectively tackle the complex issues that lead people to experience homelessness,” said Tom Raffio, President & CEO of Delta Dental Plan of Vermont.

The efforts underway have shown initial success with a local reduction in homelessness by 30% last year. Still, over 300 people are homeless on any given night in Chittenden County.

“The support of Delta Dental Plan of Vermont gives us the capacity to move our work forward,” said Margaret Bozik, Co-Chair of the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, and Director of Asset Management & Special Initiatives at the Champlain Housing Trust. “Homelessness has a devastating impact on health and child well-being, as well as creating potentially unnecessary cost burdens on public systems. Because of this grant we believe we can make a significant difference in improving housing stability, reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness and quickly rehouse those who do lose their homes.”

The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance is a community coalition that collaborates to share information about the current and emerging causes of homelessness, to identify solutions and barriers to progress, and to develop and advocate for policies that further our vision of a safe, decent, affordable, stable home for every person and family in Chittenden County.

Delta Dental Plan of Vermont is one of three Delta Dental Plans doing business jointly as Northeast Delta Dental.  Northeast Delta Dental administers dental benefits to more than 832,000 people throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, including organizations of all sizes, and individuals and families, with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits.  Learn more about Northeast Delta Dental at

For more information, contact Margaret Bozik, Chittenden Homeless Alliance, 802-861-7370 or Crystal Carroll, Northeast Delta Dental, 603-223-1228.


Burlington Bright Street Co-Op Selected for National Award

Posted February 10, 2017

From Vermont Business Magazine: The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) Bright Street Housing Cooperative, a new, 40-unit resident-controlled housing development in the Old North End, has been selected for the 2017 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award from the National Community Development Association (NCDA). The City of Burlington, which sponsored the award, joined six other communities selected to receive the award on behalf of the co-op.

The award will be presented during the NCDA’s Winter Conference on Friday, February 17 in Washington, DC. Burlington representatives from the Burlington Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) will be on hand to receive the award. Burlington’s Congressional Delegation and their staff have been invited to share in this honor.

“One of the primary focuses of this Administration has been on addressing Burlington’s affordable housing crisis,” said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. “The City was pleased to support Champlain Housing Trust in the creation of 40 much-needed units that will provide homes for families and individuals from a range of backgrounds and income levels. We are thrilled that the product of this partnership has been recognized by the national Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award.”

Read more from Vermont Business Magazine.


Grants Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Low-Income Vermonters Save Energy


Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department are soliciting proposals from nonprofit organizations to receive grants that will enable them to help low-income Vermonters reduce their energy bills.  Under the Vermont Community Energy Partnership Grant Program, non-profit organizations that have on-going relationships with low-income Vermonters are encouraged to submit applications for projects that will help low-income Vermonters: (1) achieve energy savings through the direct installation of energy efficient products; (2) identify energy-saving opportunities in low-income households; and (3) increase their energy awareness.

Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric acknowledge that many non-profit organizations serving low-income Vermonters have little or no experience in helping their constituents save energy and reduce utility bills. To address this challenge, Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric will provide grant funds to cover staffing costs and related expenses and extensive training on how to effectively undertake energy work described in this request-for-proposal (RFP).

Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric expect to award between 5-10 proposals in the range of $10,000 – $30,000 each. Please find the link to the Request-for-Proposal on the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s website at this link.   We invite non-profit organizations to submit proposals by March 17, 2017.

If you have any questions about the RFP, please email them to by February 17, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. All questions and responses will be posted on this link   by 5:00 p.m. February 24, 2017.


Burlington Takes a New Look at Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance

Posted February 8, 2017

At a public hearing last Wednesday evening, a representative from CZP LLC presented the results of a comprehensive study commissioned by the city of Burlington on the 27 year-old Inclusionary Zoning ordinance. The ordinance was originally designed to promote economic integration within the city and socieo-economic diversity. The ordinance requires any development with five or more housing units to sell or rent a percentage of those units for less than market rates.

The consultants found that the ordinance has had success integrating market-rate an affordable housing units, particularly in areas of generally lower socioeconomic status. A primary critique, however, was that the ordinance may have limited housing production in the city since its inception, causing suburbs to absorb more of the development.

During the public comment period following the presentation, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’s Erhard Mahnke, one of the original authors of the ordinance, countered that the intent of the ordinance was not to promote housing production, but rather to create economically inclusive and diverse neighborhoods throughout Burlington, which it has done.

The report also included recommendations for ways to move forward with Inclusionary Zoning. The three paths outlined several strategies for trying to grapple with economic inclusion while taking into account financial strategies for funding such projects.

You can find the full report, or read more from the Burlington Free Press on the public hearing last week.


Job Posting – Chittenden Homeless Alliance Coordinator – VHFA

Posted February 6, 2017

As primary staff member of the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, supports the administrative work under the direction of the Steering Committee.


  • Work as staff to and under the direction of its Steering Committee. This includes managing meeting schedules, agenda and minutes.
  • Establish a process for distribution and retention of Alliance documents.
  • Develop strong working relationships with members and partners of the Alliance.
  • Attend all Alliance meetings, including but not limited to the Steering Committee, Coordinated Entry, Strategic Planning, and NOFA Committee.
  • Take minutes in consistent format and distribute appropriately.
  • Research information for the committees, as requested.
  • Support quarterly meeting, including attendance, publicity, location, set up and refreshments.
  • Responsible for maintaining the Alliance’s web presence and mailing lists, including email.
  • Orientate new members of the Alliance. Establish a consistent process and content for such.
  • Create and manage electronic Google documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

See full job description and contact information.


Administative Assistant/Property Management Technician – Montpelier Housing Authority

Posted February 3, 2017

Small, high performing public housing authority seeks a front office employee in a three person office. Must be organized, reliable and be able to multi-task in a fast paced, unpredictable environment. May work independently or as part of a team. Vehicle and valid driver’s license required. Property management or affordable housing experience a plus. Job description available upon request. Cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Montpelier Housing Authority,155 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. MHA is an equal opportunity employer


Voices of Home Art Show – Wellness Co-Op – Wednesday, February 8th


We are happy to announce an exciting upcoming event as part of our Voices of Home project. Voices of Home is a multimedia storysharing project featuring the narratives of residents living in affordable housing across the state paired with painted portraits of some of the interviewees.

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’s Resident Organizer, Corrine Yonce, will be holding an art show featuring the first four paintings in a series of twelve that will depict residents living in affordable housing. The painting will be paired with the stories that we have collected from these residents, chronicling what home has meant to them over the course of their lives and how affordable housing has helped them to live meaningful lives.

Corrine is an emerging artist and storyteller, happily living in the Old North End. The opening will take place on Wednesday, February 8th from 5 to 6:30pm at the Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave. in Burlington. We hope to see you there!