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Downstreet Housing & Community Development (formerly CVCLT) Annual Meeting, April 9th

Posted April 1, 2015

Central Vermont Community Land Trust has changed their name to Downstreet Housing & Community Development. On Thursday, April 9th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM they will be holding their Annual Meeting at Central Vermont Catholic School in Barre.

Our Annual Meeting will take place in Barre this year, on Thursday, April 9th. We will be welcoming guests starting at 5pm, with a complimentary spaghetti dinner at 6pm, followed by our business meeting and finishing with dessert. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see where we’ve been and where we’re heading, with lots of exciting projects upcoming. Join us to hear about our new name, our new offices and Downstreet Apartments slated for construction this summer, and updates on South Main Apartments in Waterbury as well as major renovation work being done at Barre Street Apartments in Montpelier.

We are especially excited to be hosting this year’s annual meeting in Barre, which is where our headquarters is located, and where a lot of our focus has been recently. The meeting will be held at the Central Vermont Catholic School, which is part of St. Monica’s Parish and is located next to the church at 79 Summer Street in Barre.

If you are planning to attend our annual meeting, please click here to RSVP. All non-staff and non-Board members who RSVP will be entered into a raffle drawing at the end of the meeting to win some high quality Downstreet swag!

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Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $1.5 M In Affordable Housing Grants For Vermont’s Local NeighborWorks Organizations

Posted March 5, 2015

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Wednesday announced $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont. The announcement marks the first round of 2015 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America.

Leahy said: “Vermont’s NeighborWorks affiliates are on the front lines of creating jobs and stabilizing our communities by investing in affordable housing. Vermont, like the rest of the country, faces an extreme shortage of affordable housing. These investments will help our local NeighborWorks Organizations to continue to build, rehabilitate and manage affordable housing for Vermonters and provide vital housing counseling and education for renters, homebuyers and homeowners. These grants will support their excellent record of lending a hand to Vermonters in need and in helping to strengthen our communities.”

Sanders said: “It is no secret that over the past decade, incomes have not come close to keeping pace with rising housing costs. At a time when countless families are struggling to get by, and when many households are spending more and more of their limited income on housing, this grant will help provide more housing to Vermonters who need it.”

Welch said: “Every Vermonter should have the peace of mind that comes with a safe and affordable home. These funds are a welcome investment in our communities and can be put to use helping families with a wide range of challenges such as finding a rental, needed home repairs and financial counseling. I applaud NeighborWorks for their commitment to strengthening and improving neighborhoods all over Vermont.”

As the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee Leahy has led efforts to support for annual funding for NeighborWorks America. Last year Leahy led a group of 30 senators (link is external), which includes Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in urging the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee to support funding for NeighborWorks America, which has a proven its ability to leverage federal appropriations with other investments.

NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit established by Congress to invest in revitalizing communities and preserving affordable housing through their 245 partner organizations across the country. NeighborWorks America awarded five grants to Vermont’s affiliates, totaling $1,558,939, an increase over the $1,334,634 awarded last year:

Central Vermont Community Land Trust Inc. — $161,250
Champlain Housing Trust — $574,189
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont — $269,385
RuralEdge — $214,160
Windham & Windsor Housing Trust — $339,955

Ludy Biddle, director of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWV), said: “This grant makes it possible for us to carry out everything from our personal counseling for elderly couples threatened with foreclosure, to our home repair and efficiency program that is saving residents more than a million dollars a year in energy costs, to our neighborhood program impacting all the residents in a 10-block area near downtown Rutland. NeighborWorks America makes this all possible.”

Chris Donnelly, director of community relations for Champlain Housing Trust, said: “NeighborWorks America’s support strengthens our organization at a time when there is an increasing need for our services. This funding will also help us build new affordable apartments to address the significant shortage of housing in our region.”

 



Land Trust Seeks Rentals in Barre and Montpelier for Displaced Tenants

Posted December 5, 2014

Central Vermont Community Land Trust is seeking help in relocating residents who are currently housed in units in Barre and Montpelier that will be undergoing construction in 2015. Details are included in the news release below. For further information contact Liz Genge, Director of Property Management, at
(802) 477-1333 or lgenge@cvclt.org.

The Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) is seeking the help of local landlords to relocate residents who will be displaced during major construction projects in Barre and Montpelier.

The construction, scheduled to begin in early 2015, involves interior upgrades to CVCLT-owned buildings at 39 and 40 Barre Street, Montpelier, and a new four-story multi-family apartment building on Summer Street in Barre.

Assistance from community leaders and local landlords is needed to assure that the displaced CVCLT residents will have safe and convenient housing during the transition. Most of the residents need downtown units within easy walking distance of local amenities and a bus line.

In Barre, 16 CVCLT residents will be displaced from their apartments when demolition begins on three aging CVCLT-owned buildings on the Summer Street site. Those tenants will need apartments for about a year and then most will have the option of moving into the new building.

“This is a win-win situation,” said Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon. “It’s good for the City’s redevelopment, it guarantees rent for Barre landlords, and it helps CVCLT residents stay in housing they depend on. There’s no reason not to work together on this.”

In Montpelier, 14 CVCLT residents will be displaced for about six months while their apartment units on Barre Street are rehabbed with safety and energy upgrades. The fourteen residents will return to their former apartments when the project is finished.

“CVCLT is fulfilling its promise to keep their affordable housing in Montpelier safe and in good repair,” said Montpelier Mayor John Hollar. “I hope Montpelier landlords will do what they can to support this project.”

Private landlords who can offer apartments will be guaranteed rent, lease enforcement and the services of CVCLT’s skilled property managers. All of the tenants, who come with references and detailed rental history, have been CVCLT tenants for at least a year.

 



Construction Begins on Affordable Housing Complex in Waterbury

Posted August 14, 2014

On Tuesday, August 12th Senator Patrick Leahy joined representatives from The Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT), Housing Vermont, and town officials to celebrate the start of construction of the South Main Apartments in downtown Waterbury.  As the three-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene approaches, construction has begun on a new 27 unit mixed-income affordable housing apartment building located on the site of the damaged former State Office Complex.  While most of the building will be newly constructed using energy efficient guidelines, the historic portion of what was Ladd Hall will be preserved through careful renovation.

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In the press release provided by CVCLT and Housing Vermont, Jen Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Development, stated:

“Three years ago, Tropical Storm Irene left a trail of destruction through Waterbury.  The community mounted an extraordinary recovery effort and the State is proud to be its partner — from rebuilding the State Office Complex and municipal offices to repairing its pump station and re-envisioning its downtown.  Most important is Waterbury’s work to ensure its residents have access to safe, decent housing they can afford.  Soon, thanks to Housing Vermont and CVCLT, this historic property on Main Street will come back to life as 27 new affordable apartments and help replace homes lost to the flood.”

Construction on the South Main Apartments is expected to be completed next spring.  To view the entire press release as a PDF file click here.  For more coverage of this event check out the WCAX report here and the WPTZ report, which also includes a video segment, here.

 



Groundbreaking Celebration Announced for August 12th

Posted August 4, 2014

Join Senator Patrick Leahy, the Central Vermont Community Land Trust, and Housing Vermont to celebrate the beginning of construction on South Main Apartments in Waterbury.  The groundbreaking celebration will take place Tuesday, August 12th at 11:00 am at the site of South Main Apartments (formerly Ladd Hall) on 36 State Drive in Waterbury.

South Main Apartments is a 27-unit affordable and energy efficient housing development that has received funding from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the federal HOME program.  The redevelopment of this historic building is an important piece of Waterbury’s downtown recovery following Tropical Storm Irene.

 



NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont Uses Technology to Build Strong Network

Posted June 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2013

“Burlington, VT – A grant made in the fall of 2011 following Tropical Storm Irene to strengthen and support five regional housing nonprofits working together as the NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont is creating video conferencing capacity, the groups announced today. The $200,000 grant made by NeighborWorks America is also helping the organizations collaborate more effectively, be better able to deliver services statewide, assist in the ongoing needs of Vermonters affected by flooding and be prepared for responding to future disasters.

The announcement was made during NeighborWorks Week, an annual campaign by NeighborWorks America and its network of more than 240 local organizations mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

The five housing groups – Champlain Housing Trust, RuralEdge, Central Vermont Community Land Trust, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust – cover the entire state with home buyer education, financial literacy, credit counseling, home rehabilitation, disaster recovery and other programs. They are chartered members of NeighborWorks America and operate NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers…”

PDF of Full CHT Press Release

 



Job Posting: Housing Counselor at CVCLT

Posted November 20, 2012

Housing Counselor, Central VT Community Land Trust, Barre, VT.

The Housing Counselor is a full-time salaried position supervised by the Director of Homeownership Programs. The Housing counselor is responsible for providing education and counseling to prospective homebuyers to prepare them for Homeownership as well as providing existing homeowners counseling for delinquency and other post purchase related matters.

The candidate must be organized and able to keep accurate and confidential records of contact with customers. Candidates should be highly detail oriented
and have strong written and verbal communications skills. The ideal candidate will possess skills in counseling, case management and financial management. Applicants should exhibit the ability to work both independently as well as part of a team. Must be able to adapt to change and exhibit problem solving skills. Proven customer service skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
are highly valued.

CVCLT offers a generous compensation package and a great work environment. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume or email cpollard@cvclt.org

 



CVCLT Home Buyer Education Workshop

Posted November 2, 2012

The Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) is offering a day-long HUD-approved workshop is designed to take you step-by-step through the home-buying process, including budgeting and credit scores, mortgage options, purchase and sale contracts, and much more!  You will also learn about special grants and loans to help income-qualified residents purchase a home.  There is an $80 per household fee for the workshop ($70 if paid at orientation; check or money-order only please!), which includes a copy of the Homebuyers Manual, and the cost of running your full credit report.  Limited scholarships are available.

 

Orientations and Workshop Schedule for 2012:

Orientations: Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wed. Nov. 14 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Workshop: Saturday Nov. 17 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orientations and workshops will be held at 107 N. Main Street, Barre, VT.

For more information contact: CVCLT HomeOwnership Center, (802) 476-4493 x211 or gbrimblecombe@cvclt.org

Check out www.cvclt.org or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cvclt