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Senior Needs and Community Capacities Survey

Posted October 3, 2013

The Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL) is conducting a statewide assessment of the needs of seniors and community capacities.  Just a few minutes of your time can make a big difference!  Please take a moment to fill out the survey that relates to you:

Service Provider Questionnaire

Do you provide services for older adults and/or caregivers in Vermont?  Share your thoughts and give input to help improve programs and services throughout the state.

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Community Questionnaire

Are you an older adult or caring community member?  Help improve programs and services for older adults and caregivers throughout Vermont by completing this brief questionnaire.

Survey Link:

Caregiver Questionnaire

Are you a caregiver for an older adult or person with a disability in Vermont?  Share your thoughts and give input to help improve programs and services throughout the state.

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Federal Grant Gives Vermont New Health Care Opportunities

Posted September 14, 2012

WILLISTON – “The state has received an $18 million federally-funded ‘Money Follows the Person’ (MFP) 5-year grant to help people living in long-term care institutions return to their communities with the support they need.  Most people who need long-term care prefer to live in their own homes.  This grant helps people who wish to leave nursing facilities by funding expenses such as rent deposits and accessibility modifications not covered under Vermont Medicaid reimbursement policy…”

Link to Full Press Release


Tony Pomerleau gives Shelburne mobile home park residents a future

Posted May 8, 2012

Burlington Free Press: Joel Banner Baird

The population of Shelburnewood Mobile Home Park is yet again holding its collective breath.

Burlington developer and philanthropist Tony Pomerleau says he’s breathing just fine: He aims to buy the property and grant its residents permanent ownership.“It’ll happen,” Pomerleau said Thursday, possibly within the year.

Shelburnewood residents greeted Pomerleau’s announcement last week with surprise and relief — flavored with caution.

For almost a decade, the 50 or so residents of Shelburnewood Mobile Home Park have faced alternating scenarios of eviction and reprieve.

Their aluminum homes sit on a portion of 20 acres of prime real estate. They’re
tucked behind Trinity Episcopal Church, within Shelburne’s village core; within
walking distance of school, shops and town offices.

Shelburnewood, in many ways, is a prototype for dense, “smart-growth” residential development.

But attempts to secure funding and town approval for low-to-mid-income housing at that site have been slow and painful.

“We’ve been down this road many times,” said Vicki Carleton, the president of the park’s residents’ association …

Link to Burlington Free Press Article

PDF of Full BFP Article


Housing Seniors in Rural America: Resources, Advocacy, and Practice

Posted March 5, 2012


Tuesday, June 5 2012 – Wednesday, June 6, 2012

802 859 5055
60 Battery Street
Burlington VT 05401

Join the Housing Assistance Council on June 5-6, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont, for Housing Seniors in Rural America: Resources, Advocacy, and Practice. Made possible with generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, this symposium will provide intensive training and information on housing for an aging population in rural America.

One of the most dramatic demographic shifts in U. S. history is the growth of the elderly population.  Rural America has a large and growing senior population, but also often lacks housing resources and capacity. Twenty-five percent of all rural households are occupied by the elderly. Of those homes, 80 percent are homeowner rather than rental properties. In fact, almost half of the rural census tracts in the U.S. have no subsidized rental units for seniors.

Learn more about meeting these emerging needs at HAC’s symposium.  Join policy makers, advocates, and your peers for a 2-day intensive workshop.  The agenda will feature discussions on aging in place, home repair and modification, preservation of senior rental housing, issues in HUD Section 202, the political and funding outlook for senior housing programs, strategies for advocacy, and examples of successful practice.  Also included will be a site visit to outstanding senior housing developments in the Burlington area.  Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn and share information on ways to meet the growing needs of the elderly.

Workshop topics will include:
· The Silver Tsunami: Demographics of Aging in Rural Areas
· Outlook for Senior Housing Policy and Programs
· Putting Programs to Work: Preservation of Rural Senior Housing
· Putting Programs to Work: Issues in HUD Section 202
· Putting Programs to Work: Aging in Place
· Advocacy for Senior Housing

Registration Fee: $50

Check the HAC web site for a full agenda.

Questions? Contact Shonterria Charleston at (202) 842-8600 or Visit HAC’s WEB SITEat for more information on HAC’s Rural Senior Housing Initiative.


Cathedral Square’s Nancy Eldridge receives National Award of Honor

Posted November 21, 2011

Nancy Rockett Eldridge, executive director of Cathedral Square Corporation, was selected to receive the highest honor given by LeadingAge. a national organization of 5,600 not-for-profit housing and service provider organizations. The award honored Nancy for bringing people together to tackle the issues of affordable housing and health care and for her leadership in pioneering Support And Services at Home (SASH).

Nancy’s vision is an inspiration to all who serve seniors in Vermont and elsewhere with the respect, dignity, and care they deserve.

LeadingAge is an association of 5,600 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. They advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.


State cuts may lead to “musical beds” for frail, elderly Vermonters

Posted April 18, 2011

Source:, April 18, 2011, by Anne Galloway

“The Senate Appropriations Committee is poised to vote the Big Bill out Monday afternoon. Sen. Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, said she will not make significant changes to the House version of the budget, which was largely based on recommendations from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office. [More …]


Senior housing project takes shape in Essex

Posted March 19, 2010

By Matt Ryan

“ESSEX — A housing development for independent senior living is slated to open in July off Susie Wilson Road in Essex.

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Slayton: Mental Health Cuts

Posted March 10, 2010

By Tom Slayton

“(HOST) For commentator Tom Slayton, the debate about mental health care cuts in the state budget isn’t academic – it’s personal.
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Governor Douglas announces $630,000 in grants for five Vermont communities

Posted March 5, 2010

Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol.   [More …]

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