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2016 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting, February 8th

Posted January 14, 2016

The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development is conducting a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2016 HUD Consolidated Plan Action Plan. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizen’s views about housing, homelessness, public facilities and services, and non-housing community development needs in the state, development of proposed grant activities, and to review past performance of programs included in the plan.

The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million annually in federal funding provided to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CBDG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. In addition, HUD may allocate new funds to the State for the National Housing Trust Fund to develop housing affordable to extremely low- and very low- income households. These funds, if awarded, will be included in the plan.

The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens. More information about the plan is available on the Department’s website at www.accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities.

The hearing will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. 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 for accommodations should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at 802-828-3749, 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 Wednesday, January 27, 2016. For the Hearing Impaired please call (TTY#) l -800-253-0191.

 



Housing Division Rules – Mobile Home Parks

Posted December 16, 2015

Statutory changes were enacted this year in Act 8 (2015) which affect the mobile home park law. The changes include expanding the Department of Housing & Community Development’s enforcement authority to include administrative penalties, changes to the warranty of habitability specifically concerning park roads, and changes to the eviction process that will require mobile homes to be removed or sold after an eviction.

To implement these changes the Department is amending the Housing Division Rules for Mobile Home Parks and Mobile Home Park Warranty of Habitability. The State rule making process includes four “Filings” with the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules, The Secretary of State, a Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, and a final filing of the Adopted Rules. We anticipate the rules will go into effect on approximately April 15, 2016.

To maximize public input, the Department has created a special webpage for the rule making process where you can access the proposed amendments and submit comments or plan to attend a public hearing: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/housing/rules/housing_division_rulemaking.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4:30PM at the Department of Housing & Community Development located at 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620. For more information see the link above or email arthur.hamlin@vermont.gov.

 



Consolidated Plan Draft and Comment Period

Posted April 7, 2015

The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development posted a revised “second draft” of its proposed 2015-2019 HUD Consolidated Plan and 2015 Action Plan on March 26, 2015 with tracked changes from the earlier draft version published on March 12. The document and information about the plan are available on DHCD’s website at: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/housing/planning/consolidated_plan.

Written comments on the proposed plan will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015 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 email arthur.hamlin@state.vt.us.

 



VT Consolidated Plan Citizen Participation Survey & Meetings

Posted December 4, 2014

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is preparing a new five-year Consolidated Plan for 2015-2020 as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Vermont’s Consolidated Plan guides the investment of more than $10 million that is received annually for three grant programs:

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

This money typically leverages at least another $10 million in other public and private funds. In recent years, the priority for Vermont’s plan has been to direct resources toward economic development and housing activities.

They are inviting the public and interested parties to participate in a series of regional meetings and to complete an electronic survey. Your participation will help them learn about the needs and interests in the areas of economic, housing and community development.

Citizen Participation Meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, December 17th
West Rutland, VT
West Rutland Town Hall, 35 Marble Street
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, December 18th
St. Albans, VT
City Council Chambers, 100 North Main Street
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Monday, January 5th
Bristol, VT
Holley Hall, 1 South Street
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday, January 7th
St. Johnsbury, VT
Black Box Theater St. Johnsbury Academy, 1000 Main Street
Noon-2pm

Tuesday, January 13th
Bennington, VT
Bennington Fire Station – Third Floor Meeting Room, 130 River Street
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, January 15th
Bellows Falls, VT
The Lower Theater – Bellows Falls Opera House, 7 The Square
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Friday, January 16th
Randolph, VT
Chandler Music Hall – Upper Gallery, 71-73 Main Street
Noon – 2:00pm

All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. If you need special accommodations or have any questions about the meetings, please contact Arthur Hamlin at 828-3749 or Shaun Gilpin at 828-1346.

To complete the survey click here.

 



Vermont Housing Needs Assessment Request for Proposals

Posted May 21, 2014

The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is requesting proposals from qualified bidders to prepare a state housing needs assessment to be used in the Department’s submission of the State’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan for 2015-2020 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The assessment is designed to meet the HUD requirements for completion of DHCD’s Consolidated Plan. It will also be used for broader purposes including as the basis for other housing and policy decisions.

The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of HUD and combines information on four federal entitlement grant programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Vermont is a recipient of CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds.

INTENT TO BID DUE:            MAY 30, 2014 (Optional)

QUESTIONS DUE:                 JUNE 6, 2014

QUESTIONS RESPONSE:     JUNE 13, 2014

RFP DUE DATE and TIME:     JUNE 25, 2014 / 4:30

Potential bidders can get more information at the following links:

http://www.accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/press_release/housing23

http://www.vermontbusinessregistry.com/BidPreview.aspx?BidID=10728

If you have additional questions please contact Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828-3749 or by email at arthur.hamlin@state.vt.us.

 



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.

 



Report Issued on the Viability and Disaster Resilience of Mobile Home Ownership and Parks

Posted December 19, 2013

Last week the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development issued a report with a series of recommendations to improve the disaster resilience of mobile homes and parks.  The report details many of the difficulties faced by mobile home park residents in the wake of Irene as well as ways to improve mobile home parks and protect them from future floods.  More from the news release:

Mobile homes are nearly twice as likely to be located in a flood hazard area as stick built homes and were disproportionately impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Unfortunately, mobile home residents often lack the resources necessary to repair or replace their homes, and difficult lessons were learned about the state’s preparedness for responding to disasters affecting this housing segment.

…the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development issued a series of recommendations to improve the disaster resilience of mobile homes and parks. Its Report on the Viability and Disaster Resilience of Mobile Home Ownership and Parks also addresses longstanding challenges facing mobile home and park owners. Based on extensive research and collaboration with other agencies and stakeholders, the report suggests actions at the individual, local and statewide levels.

“With two years of disaster and recovery experience behind us, we know what makes mobile homes vulnerable and what can be done to make Vermonters who reside in them safer,” Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Department, said. “Simple and complex, inexpensive and costly, individually and statewide, there are many ways to improve the resilience of this important form of affordable housing.”

The Department will work with state agencies, housing groups and others to implement the recommendations…

Some of the recommendations include:

  • Giving municipal governments the authority to prepare for future disasters;
  • Providing education and outreach to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC’s), park owners and residents on disaster preparedness planning and strategies;
  • Looking into the availability of financing for mobile homes and alternative types of park ownership, and mobile home construction to replace older, inefficient units;
  • Using a Mobile Home Park Risk Assessment Tool enabling agencies and park owners to identify and assess the vulnerabilities of a park, allowing planning and mitigation to occur or to respond to any sale or closure notices.

Read the full report here.

See also:

VPR: Study Takes Stock of Irene’s Impact on Mobile Homes
MCV: VT Recommends Actions to Make Mobile Homes & Parks Less Vulnerable

 



Update to DHCD brochure

Posted August 9, 2013

The Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has updated their Accessory Dwelling Units in Homes brochure. This updated brochure includes new information about Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) and statutory changes allowing municipalities to regulate ADU’s in flood and fluvial erosion hazard areas.

Link to DHCD website to view the updated brochure

 



New research shows rent is lower in nonprofit mobile home parks

Posted July 26, 2013

Research by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) shows that median nonprofit and cooperative lot rent for Mobile Home Parks (MHP) is less than for-profit lot rent.

The median for-profit MHP lot rent is $320 and the median nonprofit and cooperative MHP lot rent is $278; $42 or 13% lower than the for profit median, and $26 or 9% below the State Median.

Link to 2012 Mobile Home Parks Detail Report 

Link to PDF of 2012 Mobile Home Park Summary

 

 

 



DHCD Housing Policy Specialist & Grants Specialist positions available

Posted July 18, 2013

Housing Policy Specialist
Help ensure all Vermonters have a place to call home.  The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has an exciting opportunity for an energetic, dedicated individual to join its housing team, create and evaluate policy options, pursue grant opportunities, and engage in planning work that informs the Department’s activities, investments and legislative proposals.  Work will include housing-related issues such as affordability, energy efficiency, disaster resilience, community development, land use and state and federal programs.  Emphasis will be placed on collaboration with other state and housing agencies.   Duties will also include assisting with the development of the HUD Consolidated Plan, overseeing Fair Housing activities, providing staff and research support to the Vermont Housing Council, analyzing legislative proposals, conducting qualitative and quantitative research and presenting results.   Work will be performed under the general supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of DHCD.

Grants Management Specialist
The Department of Housing Community Developing is seeking candidates for a position to help Vermonters and their communities recover from natural disasters.  The major responsibilities of this limited service position follow:  Monitors grants and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations.  Reviews and advises on programmatic requirements for grant applications and assists in the development of programs which meet eligibility requirements.  Works with granting sources to refine and revise submissions as needed.  Monitors grant expenditures to ensure consistency with grant requirements with applicable laws and regulations and to maximize use of available funds.  Prepares written reports of findings, defines or recommends corrective action.  Participates in public hearings, meetings and committees. 

View PDF of Full Housing Policy Specialist Position

View PDF of Full Grants Specialist Position