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FINAL REMINDER: VAHC/VCEH annual meetings TOMORROW – 9:30am, Randolph

Posted September 12, 2017

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

This is a final reminder for TOMORROW’S Annual Joint Meeting of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness, our networking lunch, and concurrent VAHC Annual Meeting and VCEH monthly meeting:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church
43 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT

Here is a link to the Final Agenda for all three meetings.

All our special guests are CONFIRMED:

  • Governor Phil Scott
  • House Speaker Mitzi Johnson
  • Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe
  • Representatives from all three of Vermont’s congressional offices

I hope you or someone from your organization can attend this important annual get-together!! 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take I-89 to Exit 4 and head toward Randolph
    (right off south bound exit ramp, left off north bound ramp)
  • Follow Route 66 for about a half mile to Hebard Hill Road on your right
  • Our Lady of the Angels is on the corner on the right

Please note, we will *not* be offering our usual call-in option for this meeting.

Hope to see you tomorrow in Randolph!

 

 



REMINDER: VAHC/VCEH annual meetings – 9/13 Randolph – VIP guests confirmed

Posted September 7, 2017

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

This is a quick reminder for next Wednesday’s Annual Joint Meeting of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness.  After lunch, the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting will be held concurrently at the same location:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Our Lady of the Angels Church
43 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT
(Directions below)

I hope you or someone from your organization can attend!!  We have some very special guests and exciting agenda items confirmed:

  • Governor Phil Scott (confirmed for 11:15)
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (confirmed for 10:10)
  • House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (confirmed for 9:40)
  • Representatives from our congressional offices will provide the latest updates from DC
  • Networking Lunch (at 12 noon, $5 donation requested)
  • VAHC Annual Meeting (12:45 – 2:00) & VCEH Monthly Meeting (12:45 – 2:00)

A detailed agenda for the meetings and background materials will go out as soon as they are finalized.

VAHC STEERING COMMITTEE & OFFICER ELECTIONS
The Coalition by-laws allow for up to nine people to serve on the Steering Committee.  We are fortunate to have six current members willing to continue serving.  As a result, there are up to three potential vacancies on the Steering Committee.  We are fortunate to have Anna Herman from the Champlain Housing Trust willing to serve.  That leaves another two potential seats open.  Steering Committee members are reaching out to other potential candidates and may have additional nominees by next Wednesday.  The by-laws also permit nominations from the floor and call for direct election of officers by the membership.

Until further interested candidates emerge, the Steering Committee recommends that members elect the following slate:

  • Ted Wimpey, Chair & Director, CVOEO Fair Housing Project
  • Sara Kobylenski, Treasurer & Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
  • Cindy Reid, Secretary & Director of Development, Cathedral Square Corporation
  • Ray Brewster, At Large Member & Independent Consultant
  • Alison Friedkin, At Large Member & Director of Real Estate Development, Downstreet Housing & Community Development
  • Patricia Tedesco, At Large Member & Home Access Program Coordinator, Vermont Center for Independent Living
  • Anna Herman, At Large Member & Community Relations Specialist, Champlain Housing Trust

Click here for current and proposed Steering Committee bios.

DIRECTIONS TO OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH:

  • Take I-89 to Exit 4 and head toward Randolph
    (right off south bound exit ramp, left off north bound ramp)
  • Follow Route 66 for about a half mile to Hebard Hill Road on your right
  • Our Lady of the Angels is on the corner on the right

We will *not* be offering our usual call-in option for this meeting.

Hope to see you next Wednesday!

Erhard Mahnke
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VT Affordable Housing Coalition
802-660-9484 (wk) | 802-233-2902 (cell)
erhardm@VTAffordableHousing.org
www.vtaffordablehousing.org

 



Joint VAHC & VCEH Meeting, VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, Sept 13, Randolph, VT

Posted August 31, 2017

 

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’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 Wednesday, September 13 from 9:30 – 2:00 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 43 Hebard Hill Road, Randolph, VT.

The agenda is still being finalized, but Governor Phil Scott and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson are confirmed to meet with us! We also look forward to a DC report from congressional staff and await confirmation from other invited legislative leaders.

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

  9:30 – 12:00       VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting
12:00 – 12:45       Networking Lunch
12:45 – 2:00         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 13th!

 



VHCB Will Use $35 Million in Bond Funds to Address Vermont’s Housing Shortage

Posted June 28, 2017

Our friends at VHCB have asked us to pass along the good news on the new $35 million housing bond, which became law yesterday when Governor Scott signed the FY 18 Appropriations Act. This measure will have a tremendous impact on making safe, affordable housing available to low- and middle-income Vermonters. We are excited to work with all of our community partners as the process to develop new affordable homes moves forward. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, from the Governor and his team, to the Speaker, Pro Tem and numerous key lawmakers, VHCB, VHFA, and all our community partners who helped advocate.

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PRESS RELEASE
June 28, 2017
Contact: Gus Seelig, Executive Director, 828-3251, gus@vhcb.org
Jen Hollar, Director of Policy and Special Projects: cell: 793-7346; Jennifer@vhcb.org

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board will use $35 million in new funding for the creation of rental housing and home ownership opportunities for 550-650 low- and moderate-income Vermonters over the next two to three years. The bold, new initiative represents the largest state investment in housing in more than a decade.  It was first proposed by Governor Phil Scott in his January budget address, gained strong support in the legislature, and was signed into law today.

Governor Scott said, “When workers are unable to find adequate, affordable housing, economic growth is constrained. Vermont has a very low rate of rental vacancy and we need to increase access to homeownership. This effort will ratchet up the production of new housing to serve households at a wide range of incomes, spur economic growth, create jobs, and have a significant impact on Vermont’s supply of housing.”

Tim Ashe, President Pro Tempore of the Vermont Senate, said, “I’ve seen the housing shortage up close. In my time at Cathedral Square, we’d fill up new buildings within hours. Literally. So when I met with Governor Scott in November and we both expressed a strong interest in seeing more housing supply, I knew it was a matter of how we’d do it, not if we’d do it. I want to thank Senators Mullin, Sirotkin, Balint, Baruth, and Clarkson and Representative Head and her team for their hard work to see it to the finish line.”

Helen Head, Chair of the Vermont House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee, said, “Vermont’s housing crunch has been well-documented. According to a study commissioned by the legislature last summer, we can reduce homelessness dramatically with a targeted approach, creating more housing with support services along with housing for the lowest income households. Middle income households also struggle to find housing. This housing initiative will address the needs of a wide range of Vermonters and we’re proud to support it.”

Gus Seelig, Executive Director of VHCB, said, “We appreciate the support of the Governor and the Legislative Leadership in advancing this exciting initiative.  The first 100 homes should be under construction across the state before the end of the year.”

The bond funds will be matched with state, federal, and private sources to leverage approximately $2-$3 for every one dollar of bond funds, resulting in $70-100 million in additional resources for housing development. Spending on affordable housing yields multiple benefits across the economy. The $35 million housing bond will also act as a stimulus package, generating millions of dollars of economic activity through the creation of jobs and the purchase of goods. At least 25% of the housing will be targeted to households with incomes below $35,000 and another 25% will be targeted to middle-income Vermonters earning $55,000-$83,000 annually (for 4-person households). The balance of the funds will be awarded to projects based on community needs, applications received and the availability of resources for leverage.

“Every night, our shelter, just like shelters across the state, is full of people who need and deserve a home,” said Sara Kobylenski, Executive Director of the Upper Valley Haven, based in White River Junction. “We have allowed ourselves to slide into an alarming housing deficit, and the most vulnerable people in our communities are suffering for it. The housing bond is a timely investment that will improve the lives of many Vermonters.”

“Housing construction is critical piece of our economic engine, and this proposal promises to create hundreds of good paying jobs. It’s also vital to employers who say time and time again how hard it is for their employees or prospective employees to find adequate, affordable housing,” said Tom Torti, President and CEO of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS).

In collaboration with the Department of Housing and Community Development, VHCB is gathering input on the highest priority housing needs and potential projects in regional meetings across the state. VHCB will be accepting applications and funding developments for the construction and rehabilitation of rental housing and single-family homes with an emphasis on creating new homes.

The revenue bond will be issued by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. It is expected to yield $33-34 million in proceeds and will be paid by a $2.5 million in annual revenue from the property transfer tax over 20 years, through 2039.

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Sources: The Vermont Futures Project of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, January 2017; Roadmap to End Homelessness, The Corporation for Supportive Housing, December 2016; Vermont’s Statewide Housing Needs Assessment by Bowen National Research, 2014
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VHCB makes loans and grants for the creation of affordable housing and the conservation of agricultural and recreational lands, forest land, natural areas and historic properties. www.vhcb.org

Read this synopsis of the Housing Revenue Bond Initiative.

Read more about the Governor’s budget and the housing bond from the Burlington Free Press.

 



REMINDER: Homelessness Awareness Day & Memorial Vigil – Tomorrow, State House

Posted January 4, 2017

REMINDER
HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS DAY & MEMORIAL VIGIL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5
STATE HOUSE, MONTPELIER

 

Every year in January concerned citizens and housing and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives and senators and to renew the commitment to end homelessness in our state. This year, the annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will take place on Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Please join us!

AGENDA

  • **NEW**Coffee & muffins, Cafeteria: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
  • Legislative Awareness Day, Card Room: 7:30 AM-2 PM
  • Reading of Legislative Resolution and Recognition of Homeless Service Providers and Advocates, House Gallery: 9:30 AM
  • Memorial Vigil, State House Steps: Noon

The day will kick off early at 7:30am with coffee and muffins in the Cafeteria. This will be a great time to meet with your representatives and senators to discuss the good work you and your organization are doing.  To make your time at the state house most effective, please be sure to reach out to lawmakers prior to the event to ask them to meet with you.

People will be present in the Card Room all morning and into the afternoon to educate lawmakers about the work being done around the state, about which strategies are working, and what still needs to be done to help end homelessness in Vermont.

At 9:30am, please be in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.

At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for the annual Memorial Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe, affordable and secure housing.

Please note that it is also Governor-elect Scott’s inauguration day, and so it would be best to arrive in Montpelier as early as possible to account for the special security measures at the State House that day.

For more information, contact MaryEllen Mendl at maryellen@unitedwaysvt.org, or Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.  Click here for the event flyer.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Erhard Mahnke, Coordinator
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Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
802-660-9484 (wk) | 802-233-2902 (cell)
erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.org
www.vtaffordablehousing.org

 

vtha17

 



Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil – January 5th, State House

Posted December 28, 2016

Every year in January concerned citizens and housing and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives and to renew the commitment to end homelessness in our state. This year, the annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will take place on Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Please join us!

Agenda

  • Legislative Awareness Day, Card Room: 7:30 AM-2 PM
  • Reading of Legislative Resolution and Recognition of Homeless Service Providers and Advocates, House Gallery: 9:30 AM
  • Memorial Vigil, State House Steps: Noon

The day will kick off early at 7:30am in the Card Room. People will be present all morning and into the afternoon to educate lawmakers about the work being done around the state, about which strategies are working, and what still needs to be done to help end homelessness in Vermont. Please use this time to meet with legislators and discuss the good work you and your organization are doing in your region. To make your time at the state house most effective, please be sure to reach out to lawmakers prior to the event to ask them to meet with you.

At 9:30pm be in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.

At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for the annual Memorial Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe, affordable and secure housing.

Please circulate our flyer to your networks to help raise awareness about the day and increase turnout. Please note that it is also Governor-elect Scott’s inauguration day, and so it would be best to arrive in Montpelier as early as possible to account for the special security measures at the State House that day. We hope to see you there!

For more information, contact MaryEllen Mendl at maryellen@unitedwaysvt.org, or Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.

 vtha17

 



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.

REGISTER HERE


JOIN US!
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

RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016. 
Please note that you must register and bring a photo ID due to security measures at the Federal Reserve.
FORUM FEE: $35
MORE INFO


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

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS


Thank you to our generous event sponsors!


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


 

 



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

Posted November 10, 2016

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 www.nlihcforum.org, or call NLIHC at (202) 662-1530, or e-mail outreach@nlihc.org.

 



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.

 



Action to End Homelessness in Washington County Launches Campaign

Posted May 20, 2016

Congratulations to VIA of Central Vermont, which kicked off a “Housing First” campaign to end homelessness in Washington County by 2020. Their Action on April 26 featured commitments from seven housing and mental health advocates to join forces with the faith communities in Montpelier and Barre to obtain the necessary resources and support staff to provide housing for those who are currently homeless.

The Times Argus ran a story on their front page about the Action, which you can see here. A video of the 80-minute event can also be seen on ORCA media.

Pathways to Housing is the lead organization in Vermont that urges a housing first model, which focuses on providing housing for those in need before attempting any other services, and then combines that housing with supportive treatment in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.

VIA will sponsor a workshop, “Housing 101”, to prepare those interested in participating in an organizing campaign. The workshop features a presentation by Hilary Melton, Executive Director of Pathways VT, about the Housing First model, as well as trainings by VIA leaders on Building People Power, Growing Relationships through Intentional Conversations, Continuing the Conversation on Social Media and Sharing and Collecting Stories. They will end the workshop with break-out sessions to brainstorm strategies in bringing this vision to reality. Click here to reserve your space!

Day and Time: Saturday, June 4th, 2016, from 9 am to 12 noon. Address: Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St. Barre, VT 05641. For questions, contact (802) 651-8889 or melissa@viavt.org.

 



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