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Posted October 31, 2017

VT Housing & Conservation Board
Manager of Federal Housing Programs
A s a member of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) housing team, the Manager of Federal Housing Programs is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration of the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and any other federal housing related programs, and for applications for continued funding for those programs. He/she leads the process for the development of annual allocation plans, all federal reporting, monitoring of recipients of federal awards, and ensuring that all awards are made and records are kept in compliance with all relevant federal rules and regulations. The Manager acts as a liaison between VHCB and federal housing funders. This position supervises the Federal Housing Programs Coordinator and Assistant positions.

Qualifications: The Manager of Federal Housing Programs should be familiar with federal housing policy and regulations as well as an understanding of the role of non-profits in an affordable housing delivery system. Experience working with non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and federally funded housing programs is important. Other qualifications include experience supervising staff and building and maintaining relationships with state and federal partners; experience managing a database and strong spreadsheet skills; writing and communication skills, ability to meet deadlines, attention to details, and the ability to be flexible and innovative, as appropriate. Familiarity with the principles of affordable housing finance a plus.

Comprehensive benefit package included.  Position requires occasional travel. Equal Opportunity Employer. Read the job description.

To Apply: Email letter of interest and resume to Laurie Graves,, by November 8, 2017.

VT State Housing Authority
Section 8 Field Representative

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) needs a professional individual to handle all field operations for Section 8/McKinney funded housing rental programs in Rutland County. Work with clients, landlords, community organizations; mediate issues; administer & enforce contracts with property owners; perform annual reexaminations of tenants & inspections of units under the program. Individual will be home-based & must reside in Rutland County. Extensive driving required. Cover letter and resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Full Job Description (pdf).

VT Housing Finance Agency
Development Underwriter

The Development Underwriter is responsible for comprehensive analysis of prospective multifamily housing and single family developments being considered for VHFA financing, tax credits, and other financing and special initiatives; underwrites Housing Credit applications and assists in the development of loan and Housing Credit policies and procedures and the administration of Federal and State Housing Credit Programs; assists the Director of Development in the administration of Development programs; serves as a high level resource for pertinent research and training of federal regulations, VHFA statutory requirements, and Multifamily rules and underwriting guidelines. The position will remain open until filled. Learn more about this position on the VHFA website.


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!! 


  • 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.

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.


  • 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
VT Affordable Housing Coalition
802-660-9484 (wk) | 802-233-2902 (cell)


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!


Erhard Mahnke: Cambrian Rise will ease housing shortage

Posted August 21, 2017

Safe, stable and affordable housing is essential for a community to thrive economically, socially and culturally. Vermont continues to struggle with housing affordability, and unfortunately the state’s largest city of Burlington is no exception. A Burlington resident needs to earn over $26 an hour to afford the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment – that’s more than $5 per hour above the national average. This is troubling and we hear about the ramifications from families and seniors who can’t find places to live, from young people who are choosing to leave the state for more affordable areas, from agencies serving the homeless, and from our employers who struggle to find qualified employees due to the high cost of housing.

There are several components to addressing the issue of affordable housing, and one of the most critical is the need for capital investment to build new housing and to renovate existing properties. While many additional homes have been built over the past several years, many more are needed to accommodate the growth of 2,375 new households projected for Chittenden County by 2020. Current production is being absorbed into the market quickly, and the long-term vacancy rate for rentals still hovers between 1 and 2 percent, putting supply and demand out of whack. Not surprisingly, according to Census data over half of Chittenden County renters are “cost-burdened,” meaning they pay too much of their income for housing, leaving them without enough for other basic necessities.

In terms of affordable housing, last month the Champlain Housing Trust had just five vacancies among their 2,000 plus apartments, and only one vacancy in Chittenden County. Cathedral Square Corp. had over 800 seniors and people with special needs on its waiting list looking to move into affordable housing. Furthermore, the effective vacancy rate for subsidized rentals in Chittenden County was literally zero percent for all bedroom sizes. These shocking numbers help explain why the Burlington Housing Authority typically measures their waiting list in years rather than weeks or even months.

These numbers are astonishing, but the good news is that there are clear steps we can take to address the cost of housing. No one project will be the panacea for Burlington’s affordable housing crisis, but developments like the proposed Cambrian Rise project in Burlington’s North End can significantly improve housing options for residents and relieve the pressure on a strained system. As proposed, Cambrian Rise will be a 739-apartment mixed-income housing neighborhood with an impressive number of affordable homes. The neighborhood will offer Burlington residents housing options for all income levels.

Under Burlington’s inclusionary zoning ordinance, the development will include 128 affordable rentals for families and seniors with household incomes of less than 65 percent of the Chittenden County median income. In English that translates into housing that is affordable for a one-person household making $37,500, or $53,600 for a family of four. However, with federal, state and local dollars available to Champlain Housing Trust and Cathedral Square, which are partnering to help create Cambrian Rise, many apartments will be even more affordable. Furthermore, another 60 homes will be affordable to homebuyers earning below 75 to 80 percent of median income, or below at most $46,150 for a single individual and $65,900 for a family of four. In all, the development will offer 188 permanently affordable homes to low-income Vermonters. In addition, Cambrian Rise will offer “workforce housing” for sale and rent targeted to more moderate income people up to 120 percent of the median income. Our working families, our seniors and people with disabilities, and our employers desperately need these new homes.

Cambrian Rise not only offers a diverse neighborhood, it is also a model for sustainable development. The project features alternative transportation options, energy efficiency, a state-of-the art stormwater system to protect the lake, and a conserved 12-acre public park – giving us continuous public access to Lake Champlain from Perkins Pier to North Beach. Convenient access to the bike path, car share opportunities, and a heated bus terminal for year-round use will ease the financial burden for residents of the neighborhood. This mixed-use development is a model for the future, where diverse residents of all income levels, abilities and ages can live, work and play in one neighborhood.

This Op-Ed was posted on on 8/20/17.


Vermont Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Rescission Plan

Posted August 18, 2017

Ever since the revenue state downgrade announced at the last Joint Fiscal Committee meeting last month, there has been concern about $12M in anticipated rescissions, which the Administration made public this week, ahead of Thursday’s Joint Fiscal Committee meeting and public hearing.

Despite these earlier concerns, it would appear that there is nothing to worry about. The administration largely was able to make up the budget shortfall prior to the rescission process.

The only reductions to AHS programs come in the area of health care: $1.6M in “Outpatient Prospective Payment reduction,” and $4.5M in “Medicaid Consensus Forecast reduction.”  There is clearly nothing that affects housing or any of the programs we rely on to combat homelessness.

Read more from VT Digger.


Job Posting – Westgate Housing Inc. – Community Director

Posted August 9, 2017

The Westgate Community Director serves the hopes and needs of Westgate, a 98-unit low and moderate-income community in Brattleboro, Vermont. S/he is staff to the resident-controlled Westgate Housing Inc. board. WHI is co-owner of the property.

With the residents and board, the Community Director is responsible for:

  • Developing programs and services for and by residents

  • Helping to make Westgate a vibrant community

  • Building relations and collaboration with other organizations and the Town and State

  • Overseeing the management company and property finances

  • Managing the WHI finances

  • Working closely with our partner in owning the property, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust


  • Experience working in a non-profit organization

  • Ability to handle a variety of concurrent tasks and projects

  • Excellent writing and speaking skills

  • Experience with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Experience in administration and financial management

  • Familiarity with Microsoft office and, ideally, Quickbooks

  • Familiarity with fundraising methods and resources

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience

  • Stamina, a calm manner, and a sense of humor

Compensation: Salaried, exempt and offer will be commensurate with experience.

WHI will contribute up to $3000 a year in reimbursement towards premium payments of privately purchased health insurance or towards costs of being on a spouse’s or domestic partner’s plan.

This is a full-time position. Schedule is somewhat flexible. Applicants must be able to work several evenings a month and occasionally staff weekend events.

Hiring Process: Shortly after application deadline all applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted with a hiring committee who will make a recommendation to the WHI Board. Our goal is to make a formal offer by the Board at our September 12th meeting. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to offer. References will be solicited and checked if you are invited to interview.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Deadline – August 27th.
For a full job description go to:



Job Posting – Fuel & Utility Assistance Program Director, Department for Children and Families


This position, Fuel & Utility Assistance Program Director is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Richard Donahey at (802) 241-0601 or at


The Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division seeks a highly motivated and confident professional for the position of Fuel and Utility Assistance Program Director. This Director level position is responsible for the overall management of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Vermont’s Energy Assistance Program.  Duties include the development and monitoring of grants with community organizations and State partners, as well as development of the annual benefits budget. Supervision is exercised over Classified and Temporary staff. Work is performed with latitude for independent decision-making and is under the general direction of the Senior Policy and Operations Manager.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications page.


Headlines from the Past Week

Posted August 8, 2017

State Set To Go Over Budget To Fully Fund Homelessness Program

Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille said departments generally are not allowed to spend more than the Legislature budgeted, but that the administration is allowing it in this situation. Read more…

New Owner Sprucing Up Former Parish School In Burlington

Champlain Housing Trust says it plans to continue operating the onetime St. Joseph School as a community center. The trust paid $2.15 million for the building. Read more…

Bond Will Invest in Affordable Housing at Record Levels

The $34 million sum is the most state money the board has been able to oversee as part of a single bond since its inception in the 1980s. Read more…

New Money from State to Boost Aid for Homeless

Homeless advocates are working to add services in central Vermont with the help of a $300,000 appropriation by the Legislature in the last session.  Read more…

Housing Accord Seals the Deal

The long-awaited Taylor Street transit center in Montpelier got the green light with the signing of a housing option agreement amid much fanfare on Thursday. Read more…

Emergency Help for the Homeless Will Stay Fully Funded

State officials say they will be able to fully fund the state’s General Assistance Emergency Housing budget after warning community agencies in late June that only three months of funding were possible. Read more…

Tenants to Buy, Upgrade Mobile Home Park

the Windy Hollow Mobile Home Cooperative is preparing to take over the similarly named mobile home park on River Street in Rutland. Read More…


2017 Tri-State Housing Managers Conference Registration Open


We are excited to announce the online registration for the 2017 Tri-State Housing Managers Conference is now open.  The Tri-State planning committee has been working hard to put a full line of training topics together for you and we hope that everyone will be able to attend.  Please use the following link to register for the conference.  The deadline for registration is Monday, September 25, 2017.

Please note that hotel reservations need to be made separately by calling the hotel directly.  The information is also on the registration website.  Hotel reservations must be made by September 24, 2017.


VHMA promotes educational opportunities for its members, and does not want to turn anyone away who has difficulty affording quality training.  Therefore, every year VHMA offers scholarships to support members to attend VHMA trainings or conferences.

A VHMA member may request a scholarship for this conference.  All requests will be reviewed by the executive committee and responded to within a timely manner.  Scholarships shall be granted in the range of $50-$450.

Criteria taken into consideration during review will be:
• Active or inactive membership                                                             • Total requests received from the same organization
• Length of membership with VHMA                                                      • Size of company
• Amount of request                                                                                 • Number of requests for given event
• Total requests received for the given year                                          • VHMA financial position

Please forward your written requests for consideration to Iris Gilbert via email at

Requests must be received no later than September 1, 2017

We hope to see you all at the conference!!!!


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