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REGISTER NOW: New England Housing Network Federal Policy Forum – 12/16

Posted November 17, 2016

New England Housing Network
Federal Forum 


Friday, December 16
9 AM – Noon

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue


We have been advised that space is limited and filling quickly for next month’s Federal Forum, sponsored by the New England Housing Network. Click below to register.

Registration closes December 12 or when filled. Note pre-registration and photo ID at the door are required due to security measures at the Federal Reserve. Forum fee is $35.


Friday, December 16, 2016

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(Breakfast & registration begins at 9:00 AM)
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Please note that you must register and bring a photo ID due to security measures at the Federal Reserve.

What will the Trump Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country?  At this forum, we’ll hear from national experts about what they predict will happen, and we’ll hear reactions from New England speakers about what the impact will be on our states.  We’ll also consider what we can do proactively to encourage a robust federal affordable housing agenda as we begin 2017.

National Speakers:

  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Benson “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

New England Speakers:

  • CT – Florence Villano, Executive Director, Connecticut Housing Coalition
  • MA – Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
  • ME – Bill Shanahan, Executive Director, Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
  • NH – Ben Frost, Director of Legal and Public Affairs, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • RI – Barbara Fields, Executive Director, Rhode Island Housing
  • VT – Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

New England Housing Network Lead Agencies:
CT   Connecticut Housing Coalition
MA   Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association
ME   Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
NH   Housing Action New Hampshire
RI   Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island
VT   Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition


Thank you to our generous event sponsors!


For more information, contact CHAPA at 617-742-0820.



Save the Date – NLIHC Forum to Address Affordable Housing Landscape Post-Election

Posted November 10, 2016

NLIHC’s 2017 Housing Policy Forum in Washington, DC, April 2-4, 2017 will convene thought-leaders, policy experts, researchers, affordable housing practitioners, low income residents, and leaders from Capitol Hill and the new Administration to discuss the post-election landscape for affordable housing in America. The Forum will explore emerging challenges and opportunities given the leadership changes in Washington and the best strategies for achieving positive affordable housing policy solutions. For more information, go to, or call NLIHC at (202) 662-1530, or e-mail


Save the Date – Better Buildings by Design 2017


Mark your calendar for Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design 2017, the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency, and value for both residential and commercial projects. This year’s conference takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, Vermont. Click here for more information.


Advanced Tax Credit Compliance & Income and Assets Training – August 24th & 25th in West Lebanon, NH

Posted July 26, 2016

Vermont Housing Managers Association (VHMA) and Granite State Managers Association (GSMA) are pleased to offer the following trainings with A. J. Johnson.

Advanced Tax Credit Compliance (view agenda)
When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Where: Fireside Inn & Suites, 25 Airport Road, West Lebanon, NH
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.)

Income and Assets (view agenda)
When: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Where: Fireside Inn & Suites, 25 Airport Road, West Lebanon, NH
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.)

The Advanced Tax Credit Compliance training will meet the annual 6 hour training requirement!

Registration Costs:
Both Trainings = $275 per person for VHMA / GSMA members
$375 per person for non-members
Advanced Credit Compliance only = $200 per person for VHMA/ GSMA members
$300 per person for non-members
Income and Assets only = $150 per person for VHMA/GSMA members
$250 per person for non-members
Lunch is included in the registration fees.

Registration Deadline: August 10, 2016. Click here for more details and the registration form.

Please note that no refunds will be granted after August 10, 2016.

If you wish to stay at the Fireside Inn, please call them directly, 1-877-258-5900, and advise them that you are attending training at the hotel and they will give you a reduced room rate.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Heidi Setien at


Asset Management Training Opportunity – September 22nd in Randolph, VT


A training for non-profit housing developers sponsored by VHCB Presented by Robert M. Santucci, Senior Consultant, Urban Renovation Consultants, Inc. Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Langevin House, Vermont Technical College, 599 Furnace Rd., Randolph

As many as 50% of nonprofit housing portfolios have serious asset management indicator shortfalls. Come to this training to learn how to assess your situation, make future projections, evaluate alternatives, and make strategic mid- and long-term plans for your real estate portfolio.

Session Objectives:
• Introduce the Asset Management Toolkit
• Recommend asset management plans
• Encourage rapid risk ranking
• Identify benchmarks and trends
• Offer one simple and one professional CNA planning

Audience: Owners, property managers, asset managers and funders of residential portfolios

Topics Learned: Asset management policy options; asset versus property management, benchmarking and risk analysis, CNAs

Toolkit: Extensive Excel spreadsheet to capture and project capital needs reserves, benchmarking templates; risk ranking templates; asset management plan format; asset management examples. Tools will be provided on a flashdrive along with a copy of Bob Santucci’s book, Asset Management Handbook for Real Estate Portfolios.

Register by Thursday, September 2: To register, please compete the attached form and send along with your payment to: Laurie Graves, VHCB, 58 E. State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. Lunch is included. Questions? Require accessibility or dietary accommodations? email


Fourth Annual White River Junction VA Medical Center Community Mental Health Summit – September 14th

Posted July 21, 2016

Date: September 14, 2016
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: White River Junction VA Medical Center – Bldg. 44, Room 103

This year’s Summit will include two plenary sessions; 1) access to mental health care for Veterans and their family members and 2) Suicide Prevention. Sign-in and networking will take place from 9-9:30am, with opening speakers beginning at 9:30am.

Please email this form to to register. Please note that lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.


Action to End Homelessness in Washington County Launches Campaign

Posted May 20, 2016

Congratulations to VIA of Central Vermont, which kicked off a “Housing First” campaign to end homelessness in Washington County by 2020. Their Action on April 26 featured commitments from seven housing and mental health advocates to join forces with the faith communities in Montpelier and Barre to obtain the necessary resources and support staff to provide housing for those who are currently homeless.

The Times Argus ran a story on their front page about the Action, which you can see here. A video of the 80-minute event can also be seen on ORCA media.

Pathways to Housing is the lead organization in Vermont that urges a housing first model, which focuses on providing housing for those in need before attempting any other services, and then combines that housing with supportive treatment in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.

VIA will sponsor a workshop, “Housing 101”, to prepare those interested in participating in an organizing campaign. The workshop features a presentation by Hilary Melton, Executive Director of Pathways VT, about the Housing First model, as well as trainings by VIA leaders on Building People Power, Growing Relationships through Intentional Conversations, Continuing the Conversation on Social Media and Sharing and Collecting Stories. They will end the workshop with break-out sessions to brainstorm strategies in bringing this vision to reality. Click here to reserve your space!

Day and Time: Saturday, June 4th, 2016, from 9 am to 12 noon. Address: Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St. Barre, VT 05641. For questions, contact (802) 651-8889 or


Community Conversation on Homelessness – Montpelier, May 16th

Posted May 3, 2016

The City of Montpelier, through its Housing Task Force, in partnership with Good Samaritan Haven is hosting a Community Conversation on Homelessness. The public is invited and encouraged to participate in a dialogue that will include representatives from the City, Downstreet Housing and Community Development, the Montpelier Police Department, Montpelier Community Justice Center, Another Way, Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, Montpelier businesses and individuals who have experienced homelessness.

You will have the chance to talk about your experience, observations, and concerns regarding homelessness; become informed about efforts underway; and contribute ideas regarding ways to end homelessness.

The Community Conversation on Homelessness is at the Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier on Monday, May 16, 2016. A free dinner for all participants starts at 5:00 pm and the dialogue will happen between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

This will be the third event specific to homelessness put on in the Montpelier and Barre communities within the past six weeks.There will be an update from the VT Interfaith Action group on what conclusions came from their homelessness panel as well as updates from the Good Samaritan Haven and the Washington County Continuum of Care network.

Questions? Please contact: Laura Biren, AmeriCorps VISTA at


SAVE THE DATE – Vermont Collective Impact Conference – November 2-3, 2016

Posted April 21, 2016

2016 Vermont Collective Impact Conference
Two-day conference: November 2-3, 2016
Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont

We are pleased to share the good news that the 2016 Vermont Collective Impact Conference will be held on November 2-3, 2016. This statewide, two-day conference will build on the momentum of the 2015 Collective Impact Conference and will provide opportunities for teams of stakeholders to learn and work together in furthering emerging or existing Collective Impact efforts. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend with existing partners; teams may include community leaders, business leaders, nonprofits, policy makers, government at all levels, funders, advocates and other stakeholders working together to achieve common priorities through Collective Impact.

Rooms will be available for conference participants at the Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center. Stay tuned for more details and registration information – and feel free to forward this news to anyone you know who may be interested in attending. Visit for more information over the coming months.

Conference sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information contact Amy Carmola


VCDA 2016 Spring Workshop – May 17th in Waterbury, VT

Posted April 18, 2016

Save the Date!
Vermont Community Development Association
2016 Spring Conference

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New State Office Complex, Waterbury, VT



  • How conditions for organic growth and evolution are created
  • What drives the demand
  • Is the need being met?

Come hear how flexible workplaces are supporting Vermont’s startup economy.

Complete registration packets will follow soon. This will be a limited ticket event so don’t delay in registering. Contact Theresa Bachand at VLCT for more information at (802) 229-9111,


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