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Vermont Community Foundation’s 25th Annual Meeting/Anniversary Celebration POSTPONED

Posted September 6, 2011

Dear Friends,

We had been very excited about the Community Foundation’s 25th Annual Meeting / Anniversary Celebration coming up on Wednesday, September 14th at Bread Loaf in Ripton. Like many of you, we always look forward to gathering with our partners to talk about our shared work.

The events of the past four days, however, have necessitated a change in our plans. We have decided to postpone the annual meeting until a later date, most likely mid- to late-October.

We will send out more information as soon as we have settled on a date and location. In the meantime, thank you for your understanding, your support, and the incredible generosity that you have demonstrated in the face of difficult circumstances for our state. Please contact Paige Pierson at or 802-388-3355 x246 with any questions.

Stuart Comstock-Gay

President & CEO

The Vermont Community Foundation

Full Message from the Vermont Community Foundation: VCF 25th Anniversary Celebration Postponed



hurricane disaster relief: updates & resources

Posted September 2, 2011



Aug. 31, 2011

Contact: Susan Allen at 802-279-8493

Or Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer

Vermont Economic Development Authority



MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Secretary Lawrence Miller from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and VEDA CEO Jo Bradley announced today that Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has allocated up to $10 million in special low-interest financing for Vermont businesses and farms who suffered direct physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irene.

The Hurricane Irene Assistance Loan Program funds are available immediately, the Governor said.

“This is important support for farmers and business owners across the state who found themselves in the path of the storm,” Gov. Shumlin said. “I hope those in need will take advantage of this program.”

“Many of Vermont’s businesses and farms suffered significant damage as a result of the terrible flooding caused by the hurricane,” said Bradley.  “We want to do everything we can to help those affected rebound as quickly as possible from these devastating losses.”

The funds will be available to help commercial businesses and farms who suffered direct physical damage as a result of the hurricane. Affected not-for-profit organizations are also eligible for the special low-interest financing.

Eligible financing purposes include, but are not limited to, damages to and/or losses of inventory, equipment, business premises, feed, crops and livestock.  The maximum loan amount under the program is $100,000; the interest rate will be 1 percent for the first two years of the loan, with no payments required during the first year.  At the beginning of the third year, the rate will adjust for commercial businesses to the VEDA Small Business Loan Program variable index, and for farm loans, to the Vermont Agriculture Credit Corporation prime rate index.

Applications for financing may be obtained by calling VEDA at 802-828-5627.  Applications may also be downloaded and/or completed on-line at

Applications will be reviewed and loans approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are exhausted.  For more information, please contact VEDA at 802-828-5627, visit, or email



New Website Brings Together Vermont’s Rental Housing Codes

Posted August 19, 2011

New Website Brings Together Vermont’s Rental Housing Codes – Effort to Promote health and safety of rental housing statewide by the VHFA

The Vermont Housing Finance Agency has developed a site as an outgrowth of a study committee chaired by Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director.

“Finally landlords, tenants, and municipalities have one place to look for rental housing codes, instead of searching through several different websites to cobble together what applies to them,” – Sarah Carpenter

This website will provide guidance on the health and safety standards that existing residential rental housing in Vermont must meet. It outlines the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants throughout the rental process and explains the standards that municipalities and town health officers should enforce when inspecting rental housing.

Please visit the website:



June 30 National Housing Trust Fund Webinar

Posted June 27, 2011

Learn the latest on NHTF funding prospects and regulations

Join the National Low Income Housing Coalition on Thursday, June 30 at 3pm ET for a special NLIHC webinar on the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley will explain the options and prospects for NHTF funding, outline the development of HUD regulations, and highlight steps that advocates can take to make a positive impact on the NHTF.

Click here to register for the webinar. [More …]


The Lund Family Center Honors Young Mothers who have Beat the Odds

Posted June 13, 2011

Source:, 6/7/11, Jennifer Reading

“We were evicted from our apartment. Her father was in Afghanistan and I got laid off,” Madison Bezanson said.

A string of unfortunate events landed Bezanson, 20, and her 2-week-old daughter at the Lund Home. And she’s not alone.

“I was kind of lost and clueless as to what to do as a single mother,” Victoria Hammond said.

“The young women we serve have so much potential,” said Barbara Rachelson, the executive director of the Lund Center.

Rachelson says the goal is to harness that potential by offering educational opportunities, job counseling, child care, life skills and rehab all under one roof. Today, they’re celebrating the victories. [More …]


National Consumer Protection Week 2011: AG warns Vermonters about fraud

Posted March 9, 2011

Source:, March 9, 2011

“In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week and in response to ongoing Vermont consumer complaints, Attorney General William H Sorrell warns consumers to be wary of frauds and scams that use wire transfer services, debt consolidators, and threatening collection calls all intended to take money from Vermonters. [More …]

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Mental Health Advocacy Day CANCELLED

Posted February 1, 2011

The Mental Health Advocacy Day, scheduled for tomorrow, February 2nd, has been cancelled due to weather conditions.  A notice with the rescheduled date will be issued when it becomes available.


New HUD Webpage for NHTF

Posted November 3, 2010

HUD launched a new webpage for the NHTF.  It is identified as “new” on the “Affordable Housing” and HOME webpages, and there is a mention on CPD’s webpage as well.

To view new website, click here:  NHTF


One More Day to Register and Save $25 for 2010 National CLT Conference

Posted September 15, 2010

2010 National CLT Conference

Albuquerque, New Mexico

November 8 – 11

Two More Days to Register and Save $25.

Early Registration Discount Ends Wednesday 9/15!

For more information, click here; National CLT Conference

Go here for the conference brochure

Go here for the registration form

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Sign Letter to President’s Fiscal Commission

Posted August 10, 2010

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, created in February by President Obama, is charged with identifying policies that will improve the country’s fiscal situation in the medium-term and achieve fiscal sustainability over the long-run.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition joined more than 100 other national organizations in signing on to a June 30 letter to the Commission that was organized by the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN).  (We also sent our own comments, here). The joint letter urges the Commission to adopt the principle that lower income people should not be harmed by its recommendations, and emphasizes that smart investments to help low income people will in fact strengthen the economy and the nation. [More …]



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