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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.



Rural Rental Preservation Data Dashboards Launched

Posted November 10, 2016

USDA Rural Housing Service has unveiled a set of five dashboards designed to provide key data to help preserve the affordability of USDA’s Multi-Family Housing (MFH) properties. The publicly accessible, user-friendly set – currently available in beta – is designed to help policymakers and industry leaders collect, track and analyze the timeframe for when the USDA mortgages could be paid off exiting USDA’s MFH program. These dashboards and their information can facilitate preservation discussions such as the transfer of properties and other efforts to protect our tenants.

Using this data will help you and the department take strategic action to preserve MF properties as appropriate, using RHS financing tools, including re-amortization, deferring loan payments, seeking new loans for rehabilitation, transferring properties to new owners, or take other actions to preserve affordable rental housing in rural areas.

The beta Property Preservation Dashboards can be publicly accessed on the Tableau Public Website. They complement data resources released by USDA earlier this year, including its rural housing investment dataprogram exit data, and mapped data overlaid with thousands of other indicators in PolicyMap. The Dashboard enable users to obtain such critical information as the number of USDA MFH properties exist in each state and details on projected dates for mortgage pay-offs.

When using the dashboards, you can narrow the data by location, program and other indicators. The dashboards also feature a user guide and data dictionary.


Voices for Vermont’s Homeless Infants & Toddlers


Please join COTS for a presentation and panel discussion on a recent UVM study highlighting the realities of providing Early Intervention services for homeless children ages 0-3. The event will take place on November 17 from 4 to 5:30pm at the University of Vermont Davis Center in the Williams Family Room 403.

To RSVP, please contact Tamira Martel at or (802) 864-7402 ext. 208.


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


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.


Rutland Houses Used for Drug Trafficking Will Become Affordable, Owner-Occupied Housing


NeighborWorks of Western Vermont has gained ownership of three buildings in Rutland that were previously used to traffic drugs. This has created an opportunity for the creation of three new affordable, owner-occupied homes in a neighborhood that has seen more and more of their housing stock being rented out.

Federal law allows for the forfeiture of property used to facilitate or commit felony drug offenses. It’s rarely used, says Miller, but his office filed suit against the landlord using the law.

As part of a settlement agreement, the City of Rutland waved outstanding taxes and fees and passed ownership of the forfeited homes to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a nonprofit organization that will renovate and sell the properties.

Ludy Biddle, NeighborWorks’ executive director, says new purchasers will have to live in the homes for a set amount of time and qualify financially.

Read more about these new homes here.


Office Services Coordinator Position Available at VSHA

Posted November 7, 2016

Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider/manager, needs a professional individual to assist Executive Management in the areas of administration, board support, human resources, & finance; with overall responsibility for office services & facility management. Individual will use a variety of computerized programs including word processing, spreadsheet, database, photo shop, MS publisher & other programs.  Associates degree & 3 years progressively responsible administrative experience.  Full time position located in Montpelier, VT.  Send cover letter & resume to:  HR, VSHA, One Prospect St., Montpelier, Vt.  Visit for full details.  VSHA is an equal opportunity employer.


As Warming Shelters Across Vermont Prepare to Open, Homeless People in Chittenden County Gain a New Refuge

Posted November 1, 2016

Over the past three years, the state of Vermont has increasingly invested greater resources in warming shelters. This has been part of an effort to move away from temporarily housing homeless people in motels during the winter months.

It is also easier to match people with medical and mental health services at warming shelters as compared to a variety of isolated motels. “Not only is it a better service model than using a motel, but it’s much better for families with kids,” says DCF Deputy Commissioner Sean Brown. “And we’re seeing that it’s helping move families quicker from — early indications — from homelessness to more secure housing. Which is what we want to see happen.”

This shift has resulted in a decline in the overall amount of funds spent on emergency housing. There are currently eight winter shelters that receive state assistance, with a ninth set to open this week in Burlington.

Community Health Centers of Burlington has recently occupied a space vacated by COTS and is set to open a warming shelter that will receive $300,000 in funds from the state. The shelter will be available for adults over 18 without a place to sleep, and will have no limit for length of stay or sobriety requirement.

You can read more about warming shelter in Vermont here and about the Burlington shelter here.


Green Mountain Care Board Approval of All-Payer Model Supports Continuation of Successful SASH Program


Support And Services at Home (SASH), a statewide, housing- based care management model which serves as an extension of the Blueprint for Health, is proud to announce its ongoing funding as a result of today’s decision by the Green Mountain Care Board to approve the All-Payer Model.

As a Medicare demonstration, SASH® funding was due to expire at the end of 2016 along with the Blueprint for Health Medicare funding. State and local officials advocated strongly not to let this happen. Over the past 5 years SASH has become a nationally recognized model; using the home as a hub for health care coordination and evidence-based programs.

SASH serves over 5,000 Medicare eligible adults and employs approximately 150 full and part-time care coordinators and nurses through housing organizations, home health agencies and hospitals to provide care management and coordinated services to Vermonters at home. The program has demonstrated improved population health while slowing Medicare expenditures by over $1500 per person per year according to a rigorous 3-year independent evaluation of SASH.

Read more about what the All-Payer model will mean for SASH here


VAHC Membership Meeting Reminder


The next Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition meeting will be held:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
9:30 -11:30 AM
Vermont Center for Independent Living
11 East State St., Montpelier, VT


We are requesting submissions for agenda items to be discussed at the meeting next week. Please submit all suggestions to Luke Dodge by Friday, November 4. Agenda will be distributed early next week. Hope to see you there!


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