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RuralEdge seeking VP of Real Estate Development

Posted August 9, 2013

RuralEdge, a highly regarded regional nonprofit housing and community development organization serving northeastern Vermont, is seeking an experienced real estate professional to lead the organization’s affordable housing development program.

The VP reports to the CEO, and is an important member of the organization’s senior executive team. She/he is responsible for establishing, leading and implementing the organization’s real estate strategic plan. He/she is responsible for building and maintaining a pipeline of economically viable and diverse affordable housing projects that expand the housing options not only in the targeted communities, but in partnership with other local organizations in the surrounding region.

For more information view Full Position Announcement and  Full Position Profile

For more information, or to apply, please contact David Erickson-Pearson, 8008 S. Madison Way, Centennial, CO 80122. Phone: 303-703-6165 Email:

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, August 30, 2013. 



Update to DHCD brochure


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


Rehabilitation efforts create energy-efficient rental housing in Brandon

Posted August 1, 2013

By Leslie Black-Plumeau. Reposted from Housing Matters, August 1, 2013.

“State-of-the-art energy improvements and renovations to two buildings in Brandon have created 27 affordable apartments for low and moderate income Vermonters, thanks to the expertise of the Housing Trust of Rutland County and financing from VHFA through the federal low-income housing tax credit program.

Unused since 1993, the Brandon Training school’s former administration building was repurposed and upgraded with solar panels and a biomass boiler.  The Erastus Thayer House on Conant Square, originally built in the late 1800s as a rooming house, received much-needed energy improvements as well as new siding, windows, and solar panels.

Twenty-five of the households moving into the renovated buildings will use monthly rental subsidies through the federal Rural Development  and Section 8 programs.  Eighteen of the apartments have two bedrooms and the remaining nine have one bedroom.”



TIMES ARGUS – Counting our homeless: Vermont struggles to pinpoint needs

Posted July 30, 2013

By Eric Blaisdell. Reposted from the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, July 28, 2013.

“It’s anyone’s guess how many people are actually homeless in Vermont.

They aren’t exactly lining up to be counted, and the ones who have been identified represent only a fraction of the total homeless population.

The lack of reliable data has undermined the efforts of advocates for the homeless while providing political cover for policy makers, experts in the field say.

Moreover, the incomplete count has made it more difficult to secure adequate funding to combat the problem, and direct aid to where it’s needed most.

However poor the data, the problem is undeniably severe.

Surveys of the homeless population show a sharp climb in recent years, coinciding with the onset of an economic recession that began taking its toll in 2008. Tropical Storm Irene dealt another blow in 2011, when residents of devastated communities lost access to shelter…”

PDF of Full Times Argus Article


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




DCF unveils new emergency housing proposal

Posted July 24, 2013

Vermont housing advocates met with officials from the Department for Children and Families yesterday to discuss revising the agency’s proposal that would limit access to emergency motel vouchers.  The original plan required Vermonters who had not experienced a catastrophic event to meet 6 points on a scale of vulnerability in order to become eligible for a motel voucher.

At yesterday’s meeting, DCF unveiled their new proposal which would maintain the point system, but lower the eligibility threshold to 4 points. Additionally, the plan makes vouchers available to individuals who are 65 or older, have a child age 6 or younger, women in their third trimester of pregnancy, and individuals who have applied for or received SSI/SSDI.

Advocates at yesterday’s meeting generally felt the new proposal was more fair and inclusive, and appreciated the opportunity to collaborate and provide input. Linda Ryan, Director of the Samaritan House in St. Albans, stated, “I think we are way ahead of where we were to begin with. You’ve done a tremendous job of listening to us and adapting.”

Coverage of the story in local media:

Link to Article, 7/23/2013, 7/23/2013

Fox44/ABC22 News, 7/23/2013

Seven Days VT – Fair Game, 7/24/2013 

Seven Days VT – The Scoreboard, July 26, 2013

Rutland Herald – July 28, 2013



Vermont’s Greenest Awards Competition now open

Posted July 23, 2013

The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) announces the second annual Vermont’s Greenest Awards Competition. This statewide competition will recognize exemplary residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance. Winners of the awards will be announced at VGBN’s Vermont’s Greenest Awards Gala this October, where projects will be showcased as inspirational, model green buildings in Vermont.

The awards have been designed to recognize buildings based on proven energy performance, helping to create a new standard for environmentally responsible building in Vermont. 

The awards competition opened on Monday, July 22 and submissions will be due on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. For more information and to learn more about the submission requirements, please email for a copy of the application. 


Burlington Free Press: Point system for the homeless would limit motel stays


Media coverage of the changes to the General Assistance Emergency Housing Rules continues this week in the Burlington Free Press. Yesterday’s article focuses on the proposed point system, which would require Vermonters to meet 6 points on a scale of vulnerability in order to be eligible for a motel voucher.

The new rules were scheduled to go into effect last Monday, July 15, but that date has been pushed back to Thursday, August 1 because of the work of housing advocates across the state. Advocates continue to meet with state officials this week in an attempt to revise the changes to better meet the needs of vulnerable Vermonters.

Link to Full Burlington Free Press Article
PDF of Full Burlington Free Press Article

Link to USA Today Article, July 23, 2013

Illustration by Abby Westcott


Changes to 2012 VT Access Rules open for public comment


The Vermont Access Board invites public comment on changes to the 2012 Vermont Access Rules. The rules effect how new housing is designed and built and focuses on accessibility and safety standards in new construction.  These rules are divided into 13 Chapters to coincide with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and the ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

Please send comments or questions to Councilmember Bob Patterson, Division of Public Safety at or Caitlin Corkins, Department of Housing and Community Development representative to the Access Board at 802-828-3047 or The comment period is open until September 27, 2013. 

View Annotated VT Access Rules



Profile of current Housing Credit residents

Posted July 18, 2013

By Maura Collins. Reposted from Housing Matters, July 18, 2013.

A recent study of current residents of housing financed through federal and state Housing Credits shows deep income targeting, where residents earn an average of 33 percent of the area’s median income. This is far below the income levels the program is designed to serve, which is typically those earning 50 or 60% of the area’s median. The average household income of tax credit residents is $18,400, and half of residents are considered “extremely low income.”

The federal Housing Credit program, called the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, and its much smaller state counterpart, is currently housing 9,273 Vermonters in 5,271 units. 40 percent of tax credit units are headed by an elderly household, but 27% all 9,273 residents in tax credit housing are children. Tax credit residents are more racially diverse than Vermont’s typical renters, and pay less for their housing. 61 percent of residents receive some sort of subsidy, on top of the lowered rent charged in tax credit units, to help keep their unit affordable.

More details can be found in this summary report, created by Maura Collins, VHFA’s Policy and Planning Manager.

Link to article on VHFA’s Housing Matters blog


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