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National Community Land Trust Conference Big Success

Posted October 6, 2012

Congratulations to VAHC member and conference host Champlain Housing Trust, the National CLT Network, and all the Vermont partners involved for putting on a great conference, attended by over 300 people from all over the country and the world.  Over four gorgeous Vermont September days, the conference included 52 information packed sessions and panels, seven international presentations, three Vermont CLT tours, two feature-length documentaries, a stirring message from Senator Bernie Sanders, and an inspiring keynote address.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Recognized by National Housing Group

Posted September 14, 2012

By Chris Donnelly, Champlain Housing Trust & Jessica Grant, National CLT Network, September 11, 2012

Burlington, Vermont – “The National Community Land Trust Network recognized US Senator Bernie Sanders with the Swann Matthei Award Tuesday on the opening day of its 2012 national conference in Burlington, Vermont. The Swann Matthei Award was named for two individuals who helped to lay the foundation for the development of community land trusts in the United States: Bob Swann and Chuck Matthei. It recognizes the outstanding contribution of an individual or organization in promoting the use of the community land trust in building and sustaining community…”

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Affordable Housing Convention Beds Down in Queen City

Posted September 12, 2012

By Kyle Midura, WCAX

Reposted from, September 11, 2012

“Affordable housing advocates say their job is getting tougher as they tackle higher demand with less resources. This week, Burlington plays host to a large national conference, as attendees from across the U.S. and the world look to learn from the Queen City’s example.

National spokespeople call Burlington, and Vermont in general, a model for affordable housing efforts. But, city leaders say there’s still a lot of work left.

August First owner Jodi Whalen scrawled the word “grateful” into the concrete outside her Burlington bakery. Whalen says it’s a reminder of all that she’s thankful for, including the initial grant that allowed her to become a homeowner years ago.

“We had great credit, but we just couldn’t afford a house in the Burlington market,” she said, “and the housing trust came to the rescue and helped us out.”

She bought a new home on her own two years later. Now, she champions affordable housing issues, and is one of about 300 attending the National Community Land Trust Network conference in Burlington this week…”

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2012 National Community Land Trust Conference: September 10-13th

Posted August 16, 2012

From September 10 – 13th, the National Community Land Trust Network will hold its biannual National Community Land Trust (CLT) Conference, hosted by Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition member Champlain Housing Trust at the Hilton Burlington, Vermont, overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Transforming Communities through Innovation and Collaboration. It features over 50 high quality seminars and is drawing housing, land trust and community development practitioners from all over the country and all over the world. The conference focuses on CLT issues, but it is also rich in community development and organizational and affordable housing topics that will be of interest to a broad audience. The keynote speaker J. Otis Smith is renowned in the community development field.  Non CLT specific courses include: mergers, CDCs, urban agriculture, commercial development and management, partnerships with Habitat, race and equity, a film about organizing in Boston, East London’s CLT story and other non-US presenters. 

In addition to the workshops and keynote address, there will be several site tours to highlight Vermont’s affordable housing successes, opportunities to sample Burlington’s diverse array of fine restaurants while networking with other conference attendees, and a sunset dinner cruise on Lake Champlain with live Brazilian music provided by Naquele Tempo. 

Click here for one-page overview with further background info. 

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Click here for the sunset dinner cruise.