Joint Meeting of Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition &
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness,
Annual VAHC Meeting &
Monthly VCEH Meeting
Dear Coalition Members and Friends,
The VAHC’s annual joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), our own Annual Meeting, and the VCEH’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 9:30 – 2:30 at a location TBD, probably in Randolph or Central Vermont.
The agenda is still being finalized, but we have confirmed gubernatorial candidates Sue Minter and Lt. Governor Phil Scott.
The joint meeting will conclude with a networking lunch, followed by the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting. Here is the overall agenda for the day:
- 9:30-12:00 VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting
- 9:45 – Sue Minter (confirmed)
- 10:30 – Phil Scott (confirmed)
- 12:00-1:00 Networking Lunch
- 1:00-2:30 VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting
We’ll send out the full, detailed agenda, location and background materials as soon as they are finalized.
Hope to see you on the 20th!
The 33rd Annual Vermont Housing Managers Association Conference will take place on October 30th and 31st at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT. Due to demand, the registration deadline has been extended to October 10th. To view a full conference brochure, including guest speakers, informational sessions and registration form, click here (PDF format).
For more information contact Heidi Setien of USDA Rural Development by phone at 802.828.6021 or by email.
If you were not able to attend, on September 16th the VAHC annual meeting and joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness took place in Randolph, VT. This being an election year, we invited the two major party gubernatorial candidates to speak. We were pleased to have both Governor Peter Shumlin and Republican Nominee Scott Milne join us to discuss their views on issues related to housing in Vermont. Each candidate had been provided with a set of questions in advance that coalition members asked them to address during their remarks.
To view the addresses and following Q&A segments from both candidates see the embedded video below or click here.
The Lamoille Housing Partnership is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3rd at 1:30PM to celebrate the transformation of the former Arthur’s Department Store into new housing and commercial space. All are welcomed to join in and share the excitement for this project at 53 Lower Main Street Morrisville, VT. For more information on the project click here.
The Vermont Human Rights Commission presents Fair Housing Training with Robert Schwemm, author of Housing Discrimination: Law & Litigation on October 3rd from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. CLE credits available. Space is limited and official registration information to follow soon. If you plan to attend, please contact Ellen Maxon by email here. For more information click here or view the event flyer here (PDF format).
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier in the Ethan Allen Room. The Annual Meeting is one of the most critical meetings to attend all year. We will do the usual of looking backward at the 2014 legislative session, approving a work plan for 2015, outlining legislative outreach activities for the fall, and adopting a VHCC budget. Most importantly, however, the co-chairs and other conservation and affordable housing leaders are working on formulating a strategy to achieve full formula funding AND a Capital Budget request this year. We need your participation now.
Vermont is experiencing a worsening situation with homelessness, urgency to preserve some of the current affordable housing units, an inadequate amount of federal funding for farmland protection and a critical level of pressure on our forestland that has led to heightened concern for fragmentation. This confluence of issues requires urgency from all coalition members that must be expressed to the administration and the legislature.
The sustained, good work of the affordable housing and conservation community has made a difference in Vermont communities and we can do more with more funding. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or with any questions.
The Vermont Community Development Association will be holding their fall meeting, community tour, and annual meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at Blanchard Block in Barre. The theme of the meeting is “Economic Gardening – Growing, Cultivating, and Creating Jobs”. A complete registration packet will be available soon. For more information contact Theresa Bachand of VLCT at (802) 229-9111 or by email. Also, view this flyer for more details (DOC format).
The Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings By Design Conference will be held on February 4th and 5th, 2015 at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme of the 2015 conference will be “Trends in Cold Climate Construction”. Learn more about the conference and sign up for email updates here.
Registration for the 2014 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference is now open! The biannual conference will be held Wednesday, November 19th at the Hilton Burlington. We are pleased to have Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy for Consumer Federation of America and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, joining us as our keynote speaker along with a full day of workshops and events. To view the complete agenda click here.
Register now for only $60 through October 10th to receive access to all of the following (rate increases to $75 after):
- A full day of workshops and presentations.
- Plenty of opportunities for peer networking including a special reception at 4:15.
- Exclusive online access to conference materials and attendees database following the event.
- Free parking at the Hilton Burlington.
- Access to exhibit tables by conference sponsors and others.
Also, please consider nominating an individual for our Housing Hero Award. The conference committee is seeking nominations of individuals whose leadership, vision and actions have brought about positive and lasting change in the way their community or the state regards housing. Nominations can be made here.
The Vermont Statewide Housing Conference is Vermont’s largest gathering of housing professionals. Held every other year, the event draws upwards of 450 people from all over Vermont and beyond from many sectors of the housing industry: Development, construction, financing, legislation, advocacy, policy and more. The VAHC helps in planning this event along with many other partners throughout the state including:
- Vermont Housing Finance Agency
- Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
- Housing Vermont
- USDA-Rural Development
- Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
- Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)
- Vermont Realtors®
- Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association
Have you ever wondered if there was support for your struggling tenants? Have you ever wished there was assistance available to help cover back rent?
Have you been unsure of how to set up an application process for your properties? How do you avoid the long and expensive process of evicting tenants?
Join the Lamoille Valley Housing & Homelessness Coalition and the Lamoille Housing Partnership at the Homes for All Housing Summit at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park, VT on September 18th at 8:30AM – 12:00PM.
You are invited to spend a morning with Lamoille County landlords and service providers to share information, learn about resources for tenants and landlords, and build relationships. Speakers may include representatives from the Capstone Community Action (formerly Central Vermont Community Action Council), Lamoille Housing Partnership, Vermont Agency of Human Services, and the Lamoille Family Center. You will also have the opportunity to discuss housing situations with local attorneys, housing tenants, fellow landlords, property managers, and other service providers.
Landlords are especially encouraged to attend and the event will focus on information that is applicable statewide.
Please RSVP by registering here, or by calling Lily at (802) 888-1330.