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Hinesburg Wins $675,000 Housing Grant

Posted March 18, 2015

Hinesburg is one of several communities that was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Vermont Community Development Program. Read how Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont, and Snyder Homes plan on using these funds to build 23 new affordable housing units in this article from the Burlington Free Press:

Hinesburg recently was awarded a grant of $675,000 under the Vermont Community Development Program, for the purpose of helping to fund affordable housing in the Green Street project.

The grant, announced last week by Gov. Shumlin and Patricia Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, was the second largest among those awarded to 13 Vermont towns and cities, for a total of $4,287,000. The other grants, from $19,830 to $850,000, are expected to fund accessibility, disaster recovery and housing.

The Green Street development will be built south of the southwest corner of Vermont 116 and Charlotte Road, along a newly constructed road. It received approval from the town Development Review Board in October for 23 units in townhouse-style homes including two one-story accessible apartments.

A 2010 housing assessment for the Hinesburg Affordable Housing Committee reported a strong need for more rental access in Hinesburg for people earning less than 60 percent of the average median income.

Chris Snyder of Snyder Homes, builder of the project, said the company plans to start construction about May 15.

A sidewalk will connect the units with Vermont 116 for access to the community school and other amenities in the village.

About eight acres of open space west of the built area will be available for agricultural use and a 100-foot buffer for the LaPlatte River.

An earlier different application for the area had received water allocation from the town; the State of Vermont will issue a revised water permit, Snyder said. It would be in effect when the town’s new wells are online.

Community Development Program grants must go to municipalities, which then lend the funds to the prospective owners — in this case Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont.

Amy Demetrowitz of Champlain Housing Trust said, “We had a very good relationship with Snyder on a successful project in Williston. We are happy to partner with Snyder Homes on a turnkey project.”

For a link to the full article, click here.

 



Governor Shumlin Announces $4.3 Million in Community Development Grants

Posted March 16, 2015

Thirteen Vermont cities and towns will receive more than $4 million in grants to make them more resilient, affordable, and accessible, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced last week. The municipalities will use the funds to build and improve affordable housing, complete disaster repairs, make public spaces accessible to all residents, and revitalize community centers.

“Spring is coming and soon these grants will lead to construction projects across state that will help improve communities, grow jobs, and spur economic growth,” Gov. Shumlin said. “From Lyndon to Wilmington, these projects will help our small towns complete disaster recovery projects, create more affordable housing, and further develop their communities.”

The Governor was joined by Patricia Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, who made the awards from the agency’s Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP). Representatives of the municipalities receiving grants attended the Statehouse ceremony to accept the awards. They were accompanied by the public, private, and nonprofit organizations that serve as project partners, a hallmark of the VCDP.

“While targeted to the needs of lower income Vermonters, these projects will benefit their towns in many ways and for years to come.” added Sec. Moulton. “Each will make their community stronger from building new affordable homes in the heart of Hinesburg and ensuring all residents can access the public library in Washington to repairing Brandon’s historic town office building.”

Also at the ceremony were representatives of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Each member of the congressional delegation has played a key role in securing the funding that makes the program possible. The grants are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program helps Vermonters by developing affordable housing, creating jobs, making town halls and community centers accessible by those with disabilities and providing services for people in need. It has also been the source of approximately $40 million to help the state recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and other major floods.

The state awards the competitive grants through ACCD’s Department of Housing and Community Development based on the recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and final approval by Secretary Moulton.

To view the full list of awardees and project descriptions, click here.

 



Public Hearing on Proposed HUD Consolidated Plan – 2014 Action Plan

Posted March 13, 2014

The State of Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on its proposed HUD Consolidated Plan 2014 Action Plan on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM in the Calvin Coolidge room, at One National Life Drive, Deane C. Davis Building, sixth floor, Montpelier, Vermont.

The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million in Federal funding provided annually to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CBDG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens.

Written comments on the proposed plan will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 and should be addressed to:

Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development, One National Life Drive, Deane C. Davis Building, sixth floor, Montpelier, VT  05620-0501, or emailed to arthur.hamlin@state.vt.us.

The proposed plan is available on the ACCD website at www.accd.vermont.gov and upon request from the DHCD located at the address above during regular business hours.

The hearing room is handicapped accessible. Accommodations for persons with disabilities, and interpreters to meet the needs of non-english speaking persons will be made available upon request. Requests should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828-3211; TTY#1-800-253-0191, or in writing to the address above by Monday, March 24, 2014.

The draft 2014 Action Plan and more information can be found online here.

 



February 7: DHCD Public Hearing on 2014 Action Plan for HUD Consolidated Plan

Posted January 28, 2014

The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2014 Action Plan for the HUD Consolidated Plan for 2010-2015, to hear views about the State’s housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs and development of proposed activities, and review past performance related to its HUD Consolidated Plan.  The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million in Federal funding provided annually to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).

The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens. The plan is available on the Department’s website here.

The date of the hearing is Friday, February 7, 2014, 3:30pm – 4:00pm in the Calvin Coolidge Room, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier.  The hearing room is handicapped accessible.  Accommodations for persons with disabilities, and interpreters to meet the needs of non-English speaking persons will be made available upon request.  Requests should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828- 3211; TTY# l-800-253-0191 , or in writing to Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Vermont DHCD, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620 by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

 



Expansion at West River Valley Senior Housing

Posted June 7, 2013

The West River Senior Housing in Townshend is only $15,000 shy of its $2.8 million expansion goal. The 10,000 square foot addition to the facility, operated by the non-profit organization, Valley Cares Inc.,  will add 12 new assisted-living apartments to the facility, bringing the number of available units from 30 to 42.

The project was made possible by generous local support, including the Holt Fund, which provides targeted funding to nonprofit organizations in the Grafton and Townshend areas. Additionally, over $600,000 was provided through CDBG funding, $500,000 from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and the HOME program, and over $1 million dollars through the Vermont Housing & Finance Agency.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of October 2013.

Link to Brattleboro Reformer article 

 



Sen. Leahy, Gov. Shumlin Announce Agreement and Funding for the Redevelopment of a State Office Complex Building for Affordable Housing

Posted February 17, 2013

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) awarded $950,000 to fund the redevelopment of the Vermont State Office Complex’s Ladd Hall into affordable housing. The announcement was made last Friday, February 15, by U.S Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Peter Shumlin. Funding for the project comes from the over $20 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds that the ACCD received through HUD following Tropical Storm Irene. CDBG grants were awarded to five additional Vermont communities. These grants will fund affordable housing and community-strengthening initiatives across the state, and total over $1 million.

View PDF of Full Press Release

View Descriptions of CDBG Grants

 



VCDP Approved Fair Housing Training scheduled for January 22, 2013

Posted January 13, 2013

Reposted from the Vermont Community Development Program.

“The Vermont Community Development Program requires municipalities who receive CDBG funds to attend VCDP-approved Fair Housing Trainings.  Who can attend on behalf of the community —  A member of the legislative body, municipal CEO, municipal manager/administrator or a municipal designee responsible for housing issues within a municipality such as members of planning commissions, zoning boards of appeal, development review boards or local housing committees as approved by the legislative body.  The goal is to ensure the appropriate people are attending the trainings and sharing the information they receive with their municipal colleagues.”

When: January 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
33 Stewart Road, Berlin VT

To register for the Fair Housing Trainings listed above call Rachel Van Cleve at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) 802-864-3334 x 103 or email rvancleve@cvoeo.org.