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CCTV: Tenant Organization for Better Housing

Posted April 15, 2015

Host Shelagh Cooley recently spoke with with Michelle Sayles, our VAHC Resident Organizer, and Sarah Woodward from the CVOEO Mobile Home Program on the importance and methods for organizing residents/tenants. To view the program click here or see the embedded video below. This program will also re-air Monday, April 20th at 4:30 and Monday, April 27th at 4:30 on CCTV.


Vermont Affordable Housing Show: Art, Housing and Community Engagement

Posted April 3, 2015

Erhard Mahnke, Coordinator of VAHC hosts Jen Berger, independent artist, and Michelle Sayles, artist and our VISTA Resident Organizer in a conversation on Fair Housing Month, arts, and community engagement.

To watch the program, view the embedded link below or click here. You can also view the program on-air on Tuesday April 7, 14, and 21 at 4:30PM.


Housing: Fair, Safe, Affordable: Farrington’s Mobile Home Park – What’s Next?

Posted January 22, 2015

Sarah Woodward of CVOEO‘s Mobile Home Program hosts a discussion about the sale of the Farrington’s Mobile Home Park and offers an update on resident efforts to form a Resident-Owned Cooperative, North Avenue Cooperative, to explore the feasibility of purchasing the park.

Joining Sarah are two park resident volunteers serving on the North Avenue Cooperative, Interim Board. Jeremy Ryan, North Avenue Cooperative – Theresa Lefebvre, North Avenue Cooperative.

View program in the embedded video below, at the CCTV website, on on-air Monday January 26, 2015 at 3:00pm or Monday February 2, 2015 at 3:00pm.


VAHC TV: Resident Organizing Show

Posted August 11, 2014

Last week on CCTV’s Vermont Affordable Housing Show, Erhard Mahnke hosted a discussion with resident organizers Michelle Sayles (VAHC) and Mickaela Gray (CVOEO’s Mobile Home Program) about their work around the state.  To watch the full program online, please visit the CCTV website here.  If you’d like to watch the show on Channel 17, the program will be rebroadcasted at the following times:

Monday August 11, 3:00 PM
Monday August 18, 3:00 PM
Monday August 25, 3:00 PM


Keep an eye out for our next show in October, and thanks for tuning in!



VAHC TV: Resident Organizing and Empowerment

Posted August 6, 2014

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is excited to announce our bi-monthly Vermont Affordable Housing Show on CCTV.  Join us tonight, Wednesday, August 6, for a discussion with Resident Organizers Michelle Sayles (VAHC) and Mickaela Gray from CVOEO’s Mobile Home Program to discuss resident organizing in affordable housing and mobile home cooperatives across Vermont.  Tune in tonight with host Erhard Mahnke, coordinator of VAHC, for a discussion of resident empowerment and organizing.

Watch the full program here, tonight at 5:25!

If you would like to discuss a topic to be featured on a future episode of VAHC TV, please contact Erhard at



Report Released on Rental Housing Discrimination in Vermont

Posted June 25, 2014

new report by Vermont Legal Aid shows that discrimination was evident in nearly half of the test cases.

Rachel Batterson will be on tomorrow’s Vermont Edition at noon with Angela Zaikowski of the Vermont Apartment Owners Association, and Ted Wimpey, Fair Housing Project Director for Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and Chair of VAHC, to discuss the report and the steps needed to be taken to reduce rental discrimination in the state.

The report finds high rates of discrimination in the rental housing market based on race, color, national origin, disability, and minor children. The results show an aggregate rate of discrimination of 44 percent, with rates of discrimination of 46 percent on national origin; 36 percent on race/color; 45 percent on minor children; and 22 percent based on disability.  

Ten accessibility audits conducted on multi-family housing built within two years of the tests also find that 80 percent had some level of noncompliance with 1991 FHA design and construction accessibility requirements.

Yesterday on Channel 17 Tom Garrett, Executive Director of Law Line of Vermont, also spoke with Rachel Batterson, Project Director of the Housing Discrimination Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, and Karen Richards, Executive Director of the Vermont Human Rights Commission on the recently released report. Watch online.


VHCB 25th Anniversary Video to Air on CCTV on Monday

Posted June 22, 2014

Tune in, call in & join the discussion, and please spread the word! On Monday, June 23, from 6:30-7:30 pm, Channel 17 (CCTV – Burlington Community Access TV) will show Vermont Housing Conservation Board‘s 25th anniversary video followed by a panel discussion. Brenda Torpy, Gil Livingston, Minner Hobbs and Jeanne Morrissey will join host Nick Carter following the 20-minute video to talk about the cumulative impact of VHCB investments, current activity and future plans.

If you can’t tune in on Monday, you can check out VHCB’s 25th anniversary video below:


Welch Highlights LIHTC Legislation at Bobbin Mill Apartments in Burlington


In case you missed, last week CCTV aired a press conference with Congressman Peter Welch at the Bobbin Mill Apartments with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Ken Sassarossi of Housing Vermont, Sarah Carpenter of VHFA, and Brenda Torpy of CHT.

Welch was at Bobbin Mill to highlight his legislation (H.R. 4717) to improve the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and stimulate the development and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing in Vermont.  Watch the broadcast online here or below:


VAHC TV: April is Fair Housing Month

Posted April 3, 2014

Every other month the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition has a program on CCTV.  Yesterday Ted Wimpey, Director of CVOEO’s Fair Housing Project and Chair of VAHC, joined Erhard Mahnke, coordinator of VAHC, to discuss fair housing.

If you missed the show, no worries, you can watch the full program online here!   If you prefer the television set experience, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the repeat on Channel 17:

Thursday April  3, 7:00 PM
Tuesday April  8, 4:00 PM
Monday April 14, 3:00 PM
Monday April 21, 3:00 PM
Monday April 28, 3:00 PM

If you would like to discuss a topic to be featured on a future episode of VAHC TV, please contact Erhard at


VAHC TV: State Legislative Housing Update

Posted February 7, 2014

Did you know the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition has a bi-monthly television program on Channel 17?  On Wednesday, Brian Pine, Assistant Director of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization at CEDO, and a snow storm delayed Erhard Mahnke, coordinator of VAHC, presented the latest update on state legislative actions and local housing issues affecting affordable housing.

Watch the full program here.


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