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

Posted August 9, 2017

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!!!!


Live at 5:25: Burlington Housing Authority Residents Participate in the Art Hop


Last week, VAHC Resident Organizer Corrine Yonce spoke with David Foss and local Artist Kylie Dally about ongoing activities at several Burlington Housing Authority properties.  Kylie is working with BHA residents to incorporate artwork into BHA residences to make the living spaces more stimulating. David, a member of Decker Towers’ Resident Advisory Board and of the Decker Towers Tenants Association Steering Committee, has worked with Corrine to find new ways to connect Decker Towers to the larger Burlington community in order to fight the stigma that so many Decker residents face. Check out this episode of Live at 5:25 here.

You can watch this program on Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom at the following times:

Wednesday August  2, 5:25 PM
Thursday August  3, 7:00 PM
Monday August 14, 3:00 PM
Monday August 21, 3:00 PM
Monday August 28, 3:00 PM


VT Tenants Housing Education Supervisor

Posted July 28, 2017

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) VT Tenants Program (VTI) seeks an experienced, energetic, and committed individual with a high degree of initiative to join our team as the Housing Education Supervisor.

The Housing Education Supervisor is responsible for managing the ongoing operation of the Tenant Hotline; provides education and outreach services to VT landlords and tenants; will be the lead educator responsible teaching basic rights and responsibilities to tenants and landlords in workshop settings; responsible for utilizing, updating, providing oversight and support of our tenant training materials; monitor and report on the effectiveness of hotline services and give input to the Program Director on potential improvements; and provide direct service to clients as needed.

Successful applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree in education, business or human services plus 2-4 years related experience – paralegal training desired; general knowledge of V.S.A 9, 12, and 18 or a minimum of 2 years’ experience working with tenants, landlords and housing statutes related issues; and the ability to communicate with, supervise, and empower employees to be effective in their roles – Supervisory experience preferred. Strong preference given to applicants fluent in a native language shared by our refugee/immigrant community. To learn more about this position, please visit

This is a 20 hour/week position with health insurance and excellent benefits.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:    Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found. Please view our job description: Housing Education Supervisor


Austine School Campus to be Home to New Housing Complex

Posted July 27, 2017

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships has announced a new proposal for a two-story apartment complex on the site of the former Austine School for the Deaf. The project aims to create more units for individuals displaced from Melrose Terrace by Hurricane Irene in 2011. BHP estimates that the project will cost between three and four million dollars.

The new site is very close to BHP’s Red Clover Commons, which are the central focus point for on-site services. The new development would relocate the last residents still remaining at Melrose Terrace, which they hope to demolish given its flood-prone location.

Read more from the Brattleboro Reformer.


Former Lamplighter Inn to Cater to Chronically Homeless


The Lamplighter’s 24 motel rooms will have become 22 “micro-apartments,” each measuring 350 square feet complete with kitchens and bathrooms. The new community center will include offices, a laundry and a meeting room, among other facilities.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust is managing the project while partnering with The Groundworks Collaborative and Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Vermont to provide on-site services. The Groundworks Collaborative will offer on-site case management that will include job search assistance, budgeting, finding a primary care doctor, or connecting residents with mental health professionals.

The Permanent Supportive Housing Project will be a first for Brattleboro, bringing the nationally successful model to southeast Vermont.

Read more from VTDigger.


Rutland Turns Public Housing into Community Asset


Forest Park, with 75 apartments, was one of Rutland’s largest public housing projects. It was built in 1971 and looked it. Recently though, the project has turned from eyesore to asset after undergoing a $22 million. Previously only accessible via an access road, developers chose to move a city street in order to make it more accessible.

The redevelopment has come in stages, with 33 units completed in 2011 and 23 in 2015, while construction of the final 22 units began only this month. Rents vary from about $100 a month up to about $800 a month. All the units are full, and there’s currently a six-to-nine-month waiting list.

In the final phase of the project, developers have reserved six units for families who have experiences homelessness, acknowledging Rutland’s problems with addressing homelessness. The complex is overseen by the Rutland Housing Authority.

Read more from VPR.


Cambrian Rise Project Moves Forward


Eric Farrell’s residential project that would bring nearly 750 new units of housing to the North End is moving forward. While Farrell has yet to purchase the balance of Burlington College property that was sold to People’s United Bank recently at auction, one of the residential buildings, Liberty House, has already begun leasing. Rents range from $925 to $1,900, though some of the units are as small as 280 square feet.

Champlain Housing Trust and the senior-housing developer Cathedral Square would each construct one of the development’s 12 buildings, providing 146 units of affordable housing.

In the end, the city council unanimously supported the plan to build on 21.6 acres. The project would have 739 units: 240 condos, 353 rentals and the 146 affordable units. The plan includes an additional 42-room hotel.

Read more from Seven Days.


New Bel Aire Apartments Open, Property Addresses Chronic Homelessness

Posted July 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    July 26, 2017

See Also Attached FAQ Sheet

Contact: Chris Donnelly,, (802) 310-0623

                 Michael Carrese,, (802) 847-0368

Burlington, Vermont – The Champlain Housing Trust, UVM Medical Center, community leaders and other partners came together today to celebrate the opening of the Bel Aire Apartments in Burlington’s South End. The former motel has been converted to eight apartments that will become home to 12-15 people.

The new apartments, owned by the Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), will house people who have experienced chronic homelessness or who are living in unsafe conditions that would inhibit their ability to recover from a medical condition. Case management and social work from the Community Health Centers of Burlington will provide services to residents. This is the latest step in a coordinated campaign to end homelessness in Chittenden County, one that has contributed to a nearly 50% reduction in the past three years, according the annual Point in Time count.

CHT’s purchase and renovation of the property was made possible by a grant from the UVM Medical Center. The UVM Medical Center is also providing funding for case management and operations. Earlier collaborations in Vermont – and similar programs around the country – demonstrate health savings that outweigh the cost of the housing while helping people become healthier.

“If a patient is discharged from the hospital without a safe and reliable place to store medication or simply to sleep, it can be difficult to avoid a trip back to the Emergency Room,” said Eileen Whalen, President and Chief Operating Officer at the UVM Medical Center. “By helping the patients we serve who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, we help them focus on getting better and save health care dollars.”

“Four years ago, we committed to redoubling our efforts towards virtually eliminating homelessness in our region,” said Brenda Torpy, CEO of Champlain Housing Trust. “Today is another, very important step towards that goal, and we can’t thank the UVM Medical Center enough for their partnership.”

The former motor lodge with 12 rooms was a family-run business originally built in the 1950s. The location and structure of the building lent itself almost perfectly for this adaptation and next chapter in its life. The renovation was managed by 2nd Generation Builders. The property now has one efficiency, five 1-bedroom, one 2-bedroom and one 4-bedroom apartment. Five of the apartments will subsidized through a voucher made available by the Burlington Housing Authority; the remaining will be covered by the UVM Medical Center.

The apartments will come furnished and Burlington Telecom is providing discounted rates to the residents. CVOEO’s Weatherization Program provided support for the building renovation, and local businesses donated plants for window boxes.

The UVM Medical Center will fill three apartments with patients for whom continued hospital stay is not necessary, but may not have a safe place to recover. The remaining five will be people identified by community organizations as most in need, as determined by an ongoing assessment coordinated by the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. Tenants will move in mid-August.

“Congratulations to the Champlain Housing Trust and UVM Medical Center for coming together with this innovative partnership to create the Bel Aire Apartments,” Mayor Miro Weinberger added. “The City of Burlington is committed to do anything within our means to end chronic homelessness. Housing First strategies are proven to work, and we are excited that efforts like this one at the Bel Aire will make significant headway to address this issue.”

The conversion of the Bel Aire is the latest in a series of collaborative efforts with these partners and others. Harbor Place, a motel in Shelburne, has provided emergency lodging for people with no other place to turn. It has saved the state over $1 million and saved an estimated $1 million in health care costs – all while being more effective at helping people find permanent housing.

Beacon Apartments in South Burlington used to be the Ho Hum Motel. It is now home to 19 people who had been chronically homeless with medical vulnerabilities. That property opened in January, 2016.

For more information and a short video on these partnerships, please visit:

Read more from the Burlington Free Press.

Read more from VTDigger.


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