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Governor Shumlin Announces $2.9 Million in Community Development Grants

Posted March 10, 2016

Brownfield clean-up and re-development in Richmond and Montpelier, and energy efficient affordable housing in Bennington and Hardwick, are among the eight projects receiving more than $2.9 million in grants from the Vermont Community Development Program announced today.

“From Waitsfield to Wheelock, communities across Vermont will use these grants to build affordable housing, clean-up contaminated sites for re-development, expand services to their residents, restore historic buildings, and make their communities more resilient”, said Gov. Peter Shumlin.

“We are excited to support this array of community projects, and thank all the people and organizations working hard every day to improve the lives of Vermonters and the communities we call home’, commented Patricia Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

“While targeted to the needs of lower income Vermonters, Community Development Block Grants address the needs of communities and represent a true partnership between the federal, state and local government,” said Department of Housing and Community Development, Deputy Commissioner Josh Hanford. The projects include expanding childcare, parenting classes and family support services in Rutland, creating and improving affordable housing in Bennington and Hardwick, and assisting with flood recovery in Hancock, Montpelier and Waitsfield.

Vermont’s congressional delegation has been steadfast in supporting the funding that makes the program possible. In a joint statement, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said: “At its core, this program is about transforming communities by creating opportunities for Vermonters. These projects mean new homes for our neighbors, more childcare for children and working families, and reinvigorated downtowns. They will play diverse and critical roles in our communities, from improving flood mitigation to ensuring town offices are ADA accessible. These federal investments will empower Vermonters to offer a much-needed helping hand to community members who need it most, and we congratulate each of the recipients.”

The state awards approximately $7 million annually in competitive grants through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/vcdp

$350,000 Town of Bennington – Deferred loan to Applegate Housing Limited Partnership to rehabilitate a 104-unit mixed-income property. 93 units will be available to households at or below 80% of Area Median Income. Proposed improvements to the property include repairs to water and sewer lines, accessibility and code upgrades, new roofs, siding, windows, and insulation, as well as converting the existing heating oil system to a bio-mass heating system.

$358,250 Town of Hancock – Grant to assist in replacing an undersized culvert, on Churchville Road, causing damage and road closures during high-water, with a larger bridge structure capable of passing a 100-year storm event.

$300,000 Town of Hardwick – Subgrant to the Lamoille Housing Partnership to purchase and install 13 new, energy efficient modular-built homes on vacant lots at the Evergreen Manor Mobile Home Park in Hardwick. All homes will be affordable to families earning less than 80% of Area Median Income.

$850,000 City of Montpelier – Grant to repair and rebuild the historic granite block retaining wall, at 1 Taylor Street, damaged by flooding in 2011. The project will also remove and dispose of contaminated soils, allowing the long planned multimodal transportation center and bike/pedestrian path project to proceed.

$500,000 Town of Richmond – Subgrant to Buttermilk, LLC to demolish four derelict buildings and remediate the former Richmond Creamery property. The brownfield site requires extensive cleanup due to the following sources of contamination: asbestos, lead paint, mold, ammonia, PCB’s, PAH’s, and metals. The redevelopment plan involves a net zero mixed-use development with office space, housing, public services, and retail space.

$257,000 City of Rutland – Subgrant to Rutland County Parent Child Center (RCPCC) to complete Phase III of a five-year strategic plan to rehabilitate a building that has been unoccupied for 20 years. The project will serve an estimated 1,610 persons, all with income less than 50% of Area Median Income. The building will be used to expand RCPCC’s programs, including parenting classes for the community and a larger space for their Learning Together program, focused on pregnant and parenting youth who are working toward their high school diploma. The rehabilitation will involve roof work, improvements to the HVAC system, new windows, doors, floors, and painting.

$264,182 Waitsfield Village Meeting House – Grant to assist the Waitsfield Village Meeting House flood proof the building and construct life safety and ADA/accessibility improvements. The project will include stabilizing and flood proofing the basement and moving all mechanical and electrical system components out of the basement to locations more than 2 feet above a 100-year flood.

$30,000 Town of Wheelock – Grant to hire professional consultants to complete the planning and construction documents for the redesign and renovation of the Town Hall/offices to be ADA compliant.

For a link to this press release, click here.

 



Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $1.4M In Affordable Housing Grants

Posted March 3, 2016

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced more than $1.4 million in NeighborWorks America grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont.

NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit established by Congress to invest in revitalizing communities and preserving affordable housing across the country. In Vermont, five NeighborWorks affiliate organizations receive these annual funds to support homeownership counseling, the creation of much-needed new affordable housing, home repair and energy efficiency assistance grants. Since its creation, NeighborWorks has been recognized for its partnership between community, public and private stakeholders that successfully leverage an average of $50 in other investments for every $1 appropriated.

In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: “Every Vermonter should have the peace of mind that comes with a safe and affordable home. This year’s allocation is a step toward achieving that goal and a common sense investment in our communities. Vermont’s NeighborWorks partners are nationally recognized for the innovative housing and community development practices seen throughout this state and are a critical part of our communities as they tackle some of our toughest challenges. We are fortunate to have the leadership of these organizations, and remain glad to support these grants.”

As the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy has led the request for increased annual funding for NeighborWorks America. Last year, Leahy also led a bipartisan letter with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies to continue strong support for NeighborWorks.

NeighborWorks America awarded five grants to Vermont’s affiliates totaling $1,467,000.

Champlain Housing Trust – $390,000

Downstreet Housing and Community Development – $205,000

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont – $330,000

RuralEdge – $247,000

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust – $295,000

For a link to this press release, click here.

 



USDA Rural Development Housing Preservation Grants, Call for Applications

Posted January 20, 2016

USDA Rural Development has Housing Preservation Grant Funds Available – Grant Application Deadline: March 15

USDA Rural Development is currently accepting Housing Preservation Grant applications.  This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing occupied by low and very low income people.

Eligible projects include:

  • Repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, heating systems, water and waste disposal systems
  • Handicap accessibility features
  • Labor and materials
  • Administrative expenses
  • Other projects may be eligible, please contact Rural Development with eligibility questions

For more information on this program, please visit the websites for Vermont and New Hampshire or view the compete Notice of Solicitation of Applications.  (Please note that the current version of the NOSA references an earlier deadline.  This deadline has been extended from February 12 to March 15.  A new NOSA will be published with the updated date by the end of January.)

          *Projects which serve Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties are encouraged to apply due to the availability of funds in the REAP Zone set aside for those counties.

          **All applications require a 15 day public comment period before they can be summited for review.

            Who may apply: Most state and local governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized tribes.

How to apply: Contact your local USDA Rural Development office to discuss your project with a program specialist and to obtain a hard copy of the application.  Apply online atwww.grants.gov.

Vermont State Contact              
Clint Furlow – Multi-Family Housing Specialist
Clinton.furlow@vt.usda.gov, (802) 828-6028
USDA Rural Development Vermont

New Hampshire State Contact
Heather Malone – Multi-Family Housing Specialist
Heather.malone@nh.usda.gov, (602) 223-6046
USDA Rural Development New Hampshire

 



Reminder: TD Charitable Foundation 2015 Housing for Everyone Grant Competition Applications Due Sept. 4th

Posted August 28, 2015

The TD Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Housing for Everyone grant competition.

A total of $2.5 million will be awarded this year to 25 local non-profit organizations that make a meaningful difference in meeting the affordable housing needs in communities served by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.

The theme of this year’s competition is Affordable Housing for Seniors; which will seek the creation of safe, clean, physically accessible housing for older persons (aged 55 and over). Access to clean, safe affordable housing throughout the TD Bank footprint affects thousands of low- and moderate-income senior citizens who cannot afford a place to live.

With the leading edge of the baby boom reaching retirement age(65 and over population projected to climb to 73 million by 2030 – an increase of 33 million in just twenty years) and many retirees unable to recover from the economic malaise in place since the Great Recession, the need for safe, clean, physically accessible, affordable housing is expected to sharply increase. High housing costs force a third of those aged 50 and over and 70% of those aged 80 and over to spend more than 30 percent of their existing income on housing that may or may not fit their needs. In many cases the existing units of affordable housing are in need of upkeep, maintenance and energy efficient upgrades.

This year’s competition seeks to focus on initiatives that will provide Affordable Housing for Seniors through the creation of new sustainable units that provide safe affordable housing for tday and tomorrow’s senior citizens.

Applications for funding must focus on:

Preservation/Rehabilitation/Expansion of viable existing affordable housing properties: This may include the redesign, reconfiguration and or re-use of existing space in affordable housing properties to create increased quality and quantity of affordable housing units for senior citizens (aged 55 and over). Upgrades to systems, structure and efficiency of properties to preserve and prolong their use will be considered.

Focus on Senior Citizens: Housing programs and services that address the unique needs of senior citizens in urban, suburban, and rural communities will be viewed favorably. This may include but is not limited to access to healthcare and medical services, public transportation, shopping, and recreational facilities as well on site services (elder care, exercise/fitness programs, community rooms, etc.) that would be attractive and supportive to senior citizens and their families.

Utilization of abandoned properties to create new units of affordable housing: In urban, suburban and rural areas, the utilization of underused or abandoned properties to provide permanent or interim housing for low- and moderate- income individuals provides a tremendous opportunity to reverse neighborhood and community decline.

Special consideration will also be given to those initiatives that focus on energy efficiencies to be realized through foundation funding.

Applications must meet the following guidelines:

  • Applicant organization must be tax-exempt under IRS Code 501(c) (3) or must be a state/local government entity;
  • Housing units or properties to be improved must be located in a TD Bank, N.A. metro market area;
  • Applicant organization must not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identification, marital status, family status, veteran status, disability or other characteristic protected by law.
  • Applicant organization must have a history of developing, maintaining and/or providing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families or individuals
  • Applicant organization must be able to show the impact they have made to affordable housing efforts in their community;
  • Applicant organization must show fiscal responsibility and ongoing viability;
  • All housing units or properties to be improved or developed must be for and occupied by low- and moderate-income families or individuals;
  • Applicant organizations seeking funds for the creation of new units must, if ground breaking has not already occurred, break ground for those units sometime during the period from the receipt of the funds (November 2015) through December 2016;
  • Applicant organization must be current on all outstanding debt obligations, utility payments and taxes, there can be no unsatisfied judgments/liens for which the applicant is liable;
  • Applicant organization must be able to quantify the impact of their proposed affordable housing project;
  • Applicant organization must not have any pending legal actions against it.

Applications will only be accepted through the TD Charitable Foundation’s online application system and should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on September 4, 2015. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Notification of awards will be made by mid November 2015.

The online application and additional information about the Housing for Everyone grant competition are available at www.tdbank.com (click on ‘Our Community’).

 



TD Charitable Foundation 2015 Housing for Everyone Grant Competition Now Accepting Applications

Posted July 9, 2015

The TD Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Housing for Everyone grant competition.

A total of $2.5 million will be awarded this year to 25 local non-profit organizations that make a meaningful difference in meeting the affordable housing needs in communities served by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.

The theme of this year’s competition is Affordable Housing for Seniors; which will seek the creation of safe, clean, physically accessible housing for older persons (aged 55 and over). Access to clean, safe affordable housing throughout the TD Bank footprint affects thousands of low- and moderate-income senior citizens who cannot afford a place to live.

With the leading edge of the baby boom reaching retirement age(65 and over population projected to climb to 73 million by 2030 – an increase of 33 million in just twenty years) and many retirees unable to recover from the economic malaise in place since the Great Recession, the need for safe, clean, physically accessible, affordable housing is expected to sharply increase. High housing costs force a third of those aged 50 and over and 70% of those aged 80 and over to spend more than 30 percent of their existing income on housing that may or may not fit their needs. In many cases the existing units of affordable housing are in need of upkeep, maintenance and energy efficient upgrades.

This year’s competition seeks to focus on initiatives that will provide Affordable Housing for Seniors through the creation of new sustainable units that provide safe affordable housing for tday and tomorrow’s senior citizens.

Applications for funding must focus on:

Preservation/Rehabilitation/Expansion of viable existing affordable housing properties: This may include the redesign, reconfiguration and or re-use of existing space in affordable housing properties to create increased quality and quantity of affordable housing units for senior citizens (aged 55 and over). Upgrades to systems, structure and efficiency of properties to preserve and prolong their use will be considered.

Focus on Senior Citizens: Housing programs and services that address the unique needs of senior citizens in urban, suburban, and rural communities will be viewed favorably. This may include but is not limited to access to healthcare and medical services, public transportation, shopping, and recreational facilities as well on site services (elder care, exercise/fitness programs, community rooms, etc.) that would be attractive and supportive to senior citizens and their families.

Utilization of abandoned properties to create new units of affordable housing: In urban, suburban and rural areas, the utilization of underused or abandoned properties to provide permanent or interim housing for low- and moderate- income individuals provides a tremendous opportunity to reverse neighborhood and community decline.

Special consideration will also be given to those initiatives that focus on energy efficiencies to be realized through foundation funding.

Applications must meet the following guidelines:

  • Applicant organization must be tax-exempt under IRS Code 501(c) (3) or must be a state/local government entity;
  •  Housing units or properties to be improved must be located in a TD Bank, N.A. metro market area;
  • Applicant organization must not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identification, marital status, family status, veteran status, disability or other characteristic protected by law.
  •  Applicant organization must have a history of developing, maintaining and/or providing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families or individuals
  • Applicant organization must be able to show the impact they have made to affordable housing efforts in their community;
  •  Applicant organization must show fiscal responsibility and ongoing viability;
  •  All housing units or properties to be improved or developed must be for and occupied by low- and moderate-income families or individuals;
  • Applicant organizations seeking funds for the creation of new units must, if ground breaking has not already occurred, break ground for those units sometime during the period from the receipt of the funds (November 2015) through December 2016;
  • Applicant organization must be current on all outstanding debt obligations, utility payments and taxes, there can be no unsatisfied judgments/liens for which the applicant is liable;
  • Applicant organization must be able to quantify the impact of their proposed affordable housing project;
  • Applicant organization must not have any pending legal actions against it.

Applications will only be accepted through the TD Charitable Foundation’s online application system and should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on September 4, 2015. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Notification of awards will be made by mid November 2015.

The online application and additional information about the Housing for Everyone grant competition are available at www.tdbank.com (click on ‘Our Community’).

 



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.

 



USDA Awards $250,000 to Four Vermont Organizations To Repair and Rehabilitate Rural Housing

Posted December 5, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that four Vermont organizations received a total of $250,000 in Rural Development Housing Preservation Grants to help rural families repair and rehabilitate their homes. Southwestern Vermont Community Action Program, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Northeast Employment and Training Organization, and Rural Edge each received a grant.

“Lower-income rural families often have difficulty just meeting their daily living expenses, and they don’t have enough income for housing upkeep and maintenance,” said USDA Rural Development New Hampshire and Vermont State Director Ted Brady. “This USDA program provides funding to qualified organizations that help these families make essential repairs, often to remove safety and health hazards, so the families can stay there. The program can also help lower their future housing costs through energy efficiency and weatherization improvements.”

Southwestern Vermont Community Action Program and the Vermont Center for Independent Living each received a $25,000 Housing Preservation Grant to assist 20 Vermont families make essential improvements to their homes.

Northeast Employment and Training Organization and Gilman Housing Trust/ Rural Edge Inc. each received a $100,000 Housing Preservation Grant to help a total of 45 families living in Orleans, Essex and Caledonia counties make essential repairs and energy efficient improvements to their homes. The two Northeast Kingdom organizations were able to access these funds thanks to a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill authored by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and supported by Vermont’s Congressional Delegation extending the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone. The designation provides five regions of the country, including the three Northeastern-most counties of Vermont – Caledonia, Essex and Orleans — additional grant resources through USDA Rural Development.

In a joint statement, Leahy, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said: “These are lifeline investments to improve housing and assist low-income Vermonters across the state. The Northeast Kingdom’s REAP Zone helped to make two of these grants possible and continues to show this is a program that works to build our economy and provide assistance in the NEK.”

USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program provides assistance to very-low and low-income homeowners to repair and rehabilitate their homes. Assistance is also available to rental property owners to repair and rehabilitate their units providing they agree to make such units available to very-low and low-income families.

President Obama’s historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

USDA, through its RD mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $206.2 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont/New Hampshire Rural Development website (www.rurdev.usda.gov/nh-vtHome.html) or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.

For more information contact Jacqueline Susmann at (603) 953-4987 or Jacqueline.susmann@vt.usda.gov.

 



TD Charitable Foundation invites “Housing for Everyone” grant application

Posted July 15, 2013

The TD Charitable Foundation recently announced their 2013 Housing for Everyone grant competition. The Housing for Everyone grant focuses on Neighborhood Revitalization and Stabilization.

Applications should highlight the ways in which funding will revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods that have been adversely impacted by recent events through the creation or re-creation of affordable, clean, and safe housing units.

A total of 25 grants representing $2.5 million will be awarded to applications that meet the eligibility criteria. Twenty-five grants of $100,000 will be awarded to the best applications received company-wide.

Applications due by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, August 30, 2013.

Notification of awards will be made by mid November 2013.

Link to TD Bank website for more information

 



Community Housing Grants – Funding Opportunity

Posted March 19, 2013

The Department for Children & Families, Economic Services Division announces the availability of funding for community partners to work jointly to develop and implement coordinated community responses to prevent and address homelessness of individuals and families in their region.  One Community Housing Grant will be awarded in each of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) twelve districts throughout the state.

There will be a conference call on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00am to provide more information. The call-in information is:

Call in#: 1-866-579-8110
PIN#: 808325 

View Community Housing Grant RFP

Applications are due no later than 4:00pm on Friday, April 26, 2013.

All questions regarding this Funding Opportunity Announcement should be submitted to Christine Dalley, Economic Services Division, (802) 793-3101 or chris.dalley@state.vt.us 

 



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

 



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