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VAHC & VCEH meetings – Sept 20, Old Labor Hall, Barre – Sue Minter & Phil Scott confirmed

Posted September 13, 2016

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

This is a quick reminder for next Tuesday’s Annual Joint Meeting of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness.  After lunch, the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting will be held concurrently at the same location:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Old Labor Hall
46 Granite St, Barre, VT
(Directions below)

We hope you or someone from your organization can attend!!  We have some very special guests and exciting agenda items confirmed:

  • Sue Minter, Democratic Party nominee for governor (at 9:45)
  • Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Republican Party nominee for governor (at 10:30)
  • Kate Ash (Sen. Leahy), Katarina Lisaius (Sen. Sanders) & Kevin Veller (Congr. Welch) will provide the latest updates from DC
  • Jen Hollar (VHCB) & Angus Chaney (AHS) will give an overview and update on the important “Roadmap to End Homelessness” initiative
  • Networking Lunch (at 12 noon, $5 donation requested)
  • VAHC Annual Meeting (1:00 – 2:00) & VCEH Monthly Meeting (1:00 – 2:30)

Here is a detailed meeting agenda.  Background materials will go out early next week.

We will meet with both major gubernatorial candidates separately to hear their thoughts on state policy and funding for affordable housing and homelessness and respond to questions from coalition members.  We are providing both candidates with a set of questions to help them frame their remarks and prepare them for likely questions during Q & A.

At the VAHC annual meeting, members will be electing a Steering Committee and officers for the 2016/17 year.  We are fortunate to have six current members willing to continue serving.  Vice Chair Chris Donnelly from the Champlain Housing Trust, who has served for seven years, will be stepping down, as will Elizabeth Bridgewater from the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust.   We thank both for their valuable service to the Coalition.

The Coalition by-laws allow for up to nine people to serve on the Steering Committee.  As a result, there are up to three potential vacancies on the Steering Committee.  We are fortunate to have Alison Friedkin from Downstreet Housing & Community Development willing to join.  That leaves another two potential seats open.  Anyone who is interested should contact Chris at, or Coalition Chair Ted Wimpey at  The by-laws also permit nominations from the floor and call for direct election of officers by the membership.  Unless further interested candidates emerge, the Steering Committee recommends that members elect the following slate:

  • Ted Wimpey, Chair & Director, CVOEO Fair Housing Project
  • Sara Kobylenski, Treasurer & Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
  • Cindy Reid, Secretary & Director of Development, Cathedral Square Corporation
  • Ray Brewster, At Large Member & Independent Consultant
  • Alison Friedkin, At Large Member & Director of Real Estate Development, Downstreet Housing & Community Development
  • Loralee Morrow, At Large Member & Regional Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
  • Tyler Sweeten, At Large Member & Peer Advocate Counselor Coordinator, VT Center for Independent Living

Click here for current Steering Committee bios and contact info.

DIRECTIONS TO OLD LABOR HALL:  From I-89 North or South:

  • Take Exit 7 onto Rte. 62 and follow the signs into Barre.
  • At the 5th light (junction with Rte. 302), take a right onto Main Street.
  • Turn right onto Granite Street (beside Peoples United Bank).
  • The Old Labor Hall will be on your left after you cross the railroad tracks.

The parking lot of the Old Labor Hall is shared with a commercial granite company that requires transportation and shipping access during business hours.  Parking is restricted for weekday use to areas closest to the OLH. Renters who block access may be asked to move.  Street and metered parking is available in areas around the Hall.

We will *not* be offering a call-in option for this meeting, but will resume that at the regular monthly VAHC meeting on October 12 in Montpelier.

Hope to see you next Tuesday!


Annual Joint Meeting of VAHC & VCEH and VAHC Annual Meeting Wednesday, Sept 9th in Randolph, VT

Posted August 28, 2015

The Coalition’s Annual Meeting, annual joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), and the VCEH’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 from 9:30 – 2:00 at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Randolph.  As always, this year’s agenda will be packed with remarks from high level state policymakers, information and lively discussions.

We have invited representatives from the Shumlin Administration, legislative leadership, and the congressional offices to provide their perspectives on issues affecting affordable housing and homelessness over the coming year.  AHS Secretary Hal Cohen and House Appropriations Committee Chair Mitzi Johnson are confirmed, as are representatives from each of our three Congressional OfficesDHCD Deputy Commissioner Jen Hollar will provide us with an overview of recently developed resources for tenants and landlords.  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

12:00-1:00   Networking Lunch ($5 suggested donation)

1:00-2:00    VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting

We’ll send out the full, detailed agenda, as well as background materials next week.


2015 Vermont Point-in-Time Report Released: Annual Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness Shows Modest Gains

Posted June 4, 2015

On a single night in January, 1,523 Vermonters were identified as homeless. The 2015 Point-In-Time Count, released today by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, showed a small overall decrease in homelessness by 2.3% compared to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count. However, while Chittenden County saw a substantial decrease by 11.5%, the remainder of the state saw a small increase in homelessness by 2.4%. Of the households counted statewide, 199 had children, or 18.6% of total households counted.



Statewide, significant decreases were seen in chronic homelessness. Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition, a chronically homeless individual is someone who has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or who has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years and has a disability. The chronically homeless are an extremely vulnerable population. Over the past year there have been many efforts to end chronic homelessness in Vermont such as the 100,000 Homes Campaign and an increase of Permanent Supportive Housing.

Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness Co-Chair Sara Kobylenski of the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction credits state investments over the last several years in programs to alleviate and prevent homelessness as having helped to keep the increase outside Chittenden relatively small compared to previous years. “The Vermont Rental Subsidy, Emergency Solutions, Family Supportive Housing, and Community Housing programs among others are showing positive results,” Kobylenski affirmed.

The report comes from data collected for the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, an unduplicated count of persons experiencing homelessness on the night of January 27, 2015. The Point-in-Time uses HUD’s definition of homelessness. The Point-In-Time count did not collect information on those precariously housed, doubled up with friends and family, or couch surfing.The Count and its findings were supported by Vermont’s two “Continuums of Care,” the Chittenden County and Balance of State Continuums. These networks are composed of homeless and human service organizations, housing agencies, and other partners that strive to eliminate homelessness throughout Vermont, and include the Agency of Human Services, the City of Burlington, the Vermont State Housing Authority, and United Ways of Vermont as well.

The Point-In-Time findings come on the heels of the release of the Out of Reach Report. In Vermont, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,075. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities — without paying more than 30% of income on housing — a household must earn $3,585 monthly or $43,017 annually. Assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates into an hourly Housing Wage of $20.68 per hour. A large percentage of renters in Vermont do not earn enough to afford a two-bedroom unit at the average statewide Fair Market Rent. High rents and vacancy rates as low as 1% both continue to be barriers for finding and retaining housing.

“While Chittenden County has seen success in housing the most vulnerable people experiencing chronic homelessness through the community-based 100,000 Homes campaign begun last fall, we need to recognize (as did the remarkably successful effort in Utah) that we need to create more rental housing stock to truly bend the curve in the right direction – especially with a vacancy rate persistently below 1%. We also need to focus on domestic violence as a leading cause of family homelessness,” said Margaret Bozik, Co-Chair of the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance and Associate Director of Asset Management & Program Development at Champlain Housing Trust.

Key Notes:

  • Total found homeless on one night decreased by 2.31% from the 2014 count.
  • 166 persons identified as chronically homeless. Chronic homelessness decreased within Chittenden County by 33% and within the Balance of State CoC by 49% from the 2014 count.
    199 households had children, or 18.6% of total households counted.
  • 119 persons identified as veterans, almost equal to last year’s total of 120 persons.
  • The number of unsheltered persons, those living outdoors or taking shelter in a place unfit for human habitation, was 159 persons. This is a slight decrease of 2.5% from last year.
  • 256 persons reported as victims of domestic violence; that count does NOT include children impacted.
  • 561 persons identified as being homeless for the first time, or 36.8% of total persons counted.
  • 474 persons identified as having a serious mental illness, or 31.1% of the total persons counted.
  • 422 persons identified as having a substance abuse disorder, or 27.7% of the total persons counted.
  • 336 persons identified as having a physical disability and 94 persons identified as having a developmental disability, or 22% and 6.2% of the total persons counted respectively.


Every year, the Point-in-Time Count provides a snapshot of how many people are homeless on a single night. The PIT Count allows local communities and state policy makers to understand current problems of homelessness, target limited funding to appropriate housing and services, and track progress.

For additional information, visit:

Click here to view the entire report and here for a link to this press release.


URGENT: Request for Proposals – Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Lead Agency for the Vermont Balance of State CoC

Posted March 19, 2015

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) is seeking proposals, on behalf of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), from qualified applicants to become the HMIS Lead Agency to serve the Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care geographic area. All proposals will be evaluated on threshold criteria developed by the VCEH as detailed in the full RFP. The RFP is available on VSHA’s website at; on VCEH’s website at (click here for direct link); or by contacting Daniel Blankenship by telephone or email (see below).

The anticipated date of VCEH’s decision is April 21, 2015. VCEH reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to select none of the proposals submitted. All applications must be submitted electronically via fax or email to VSHA-Daniel Blankenship. All applications are due by 12PM – MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015. Submit all RFP questions to Daniel via email only. See page 6 of RFP for CoC and HMIS resources.

Vermont State Housing Authority
Attn: Daniel Blankenship
1 Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Fax: 802-828-2111 or 802-828-3248
Phone: 802-828-0294


Meeting on GA Housing Rules Changes on Tuesday, July 15 in Randolph

Posted July 10, 2014

Directly following next week’s Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness meeting there will be a special GA housing rules stakeholder meeting. The Department for Children & Families is preparing to amend the General Assistance temporary housing rules and would like feedback from the housing community on potential areas for change. Representatives of DCF’s General Assistance program will present an overview of some proposed areas of change to the rules.

VCEH’s monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 15 and start at 10am and the GA housing rules meeting will start following regular VCEH business at 11:30am. Both meetings will be held at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph (Google Map).

Read more about the meeting and VCEH’s agenda for the day here.


VAHC is Seeking a New Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Posted May 21, 2014


The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness is currently seeking applicants for our joint AmeriCorps VISTA position.

The VISTA serves VAHC & VCEH jointly, coordinating communications & outreach for both coalitions which focus on affordable housing and ending homelessness. The VISTA gathers & disseminates information to coalition members & the general public; helps convene monthly membership meetings; manages electronic, social, & print media (websites & newsletters); attends coalition meetings & relevant working groups; provides outreach to member organizations, media, & the community at large; provides support to the coalitions’ Steering Committees; researches & writes grants to enhance organizational sustainability; organizes special events such as the Point in Time count; coordinates activities that increase awareness of housing & homeless needs (e.g., presentations to community groups); promotes best practices by planning conferences & trainings; interfaces with regional & national partners at conferences & workshops; and meets requirements of the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program.

The term of service starts on August 4, 2014.

Learn more about the position and apply online here and send resume and cover letter as well to Justin Henry at


Vermont Coalition to End Homeless Meeting is Tomorrow

Posted April 14, 2014

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15, the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness will be having their monthly meeting. This month’s meeting will take place at 10am at a new location in Randolph:

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church
43 Hebard Hill Road
Randolph, VT

The Church is located on the on the corner of Hebard Hill Road and Route 66.  Here is the agenda and the materials to be discussed at the meeting tomorrow:

April Meeting Agenda
Draft March Meeting Minutes
211 March After Hours Report
HUD Consolidated Plan
Updated FY 15 Budget Recommendations

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please dial-in at 1-866-244-8528 and use the participant access code 324359. Please note if you are calling in it may be difficult to hear.

After the regular coalition meeting, there will be the Access to Housing – Supportive Services and Housing Providers Round Table, hosted by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. Space and funds are limited, so note that only those individuals who have received notification that they are on the attendance list for this event will be admitted to lunch and to the event.


Supportive Service Providers Housing Survey Now Online

Posted March 26, 2014

The last in a series of three surveys on Housing and Services is now online.  Responses are being sought from Supportive Service Providers.  This series of surveys have been designed to help assess common problems and challenges facing clients, and to get a picture of respondents best strategies and ideas to move forward.

The survey is only seven questions and takes just a few minutes to complete.  Please take the survey today!

In previous surveys Landlords and Tenants were asked to respond to what they saw as the biggest barriers to sustainable, permanent housing and what they thought might help address those barriers. The following survey takes that feedback and asks service providers what you see as barriers and ways you would like to address them.  Please think big!

The results of the surveys will be shared at the April 11th OEO Anti-Poverty Network Conference.  Please complete the survey no later than April 7th to ensure your responses can be included. Please feel free to share this widely with coworkers or any other providers that have addressed housing issues with their clients. Take the survey now:

For more information, please contact Amy Perez at


Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness Meeting Tomorrow at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph

Posted March 17, 2014

The next Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18, at a new location, the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.  The meeting will take place at the regular time from 10am to Noon.  The details:

10am – Noon, Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Chandler Center for the Arts

71-73 Main, Randolph, VT 05060 (Google Map)


From the north or south via interstate highway: Interstate 89 goes up the center of the state and is one of 2 main north/south arteries in Vermont (the other is Interstate 91).  Take Exit 4, the Randolph exit.  (Note that exits are approximately 10-15 miles apart.) At the end of the exit ramp, turn onto Route 66 heading west, down the hill into town.  Stay on this road for approximately 3 miles.  Follow the logical course of the road and it will bring you right into the center of Randolph. Chandler Music Hall is a large gray cement block building on the left side of the street, across from a large white church, just past the bridge.

Coming from the north on VT Route 12, you will come to a 4-way stop (no traffic light!).  Bear right, cross the Main Street bridge and Chandler will be on your left.

From the south on VT Route 12, cross the railroad tracks in town, go through the business section in the center of town and Chandler will be on your right.

Parking Information:

There is plenty of free parking within easy walking distance.
1.  Municipal lot off Main Street – turn right between the brick church and Champlain Farms
2.  Municipal lots off of South Pleasant Street – bear left at the gazebo at the ‘Y’ – parking lots are to the left
3.  Turn right at School Street, just past Chandler – there is a small lot on the left one block off Main Street
4.  The VT United Church of Christ office across from Chandler has parking for approximately 30 cars.
5.  Prince Street – turn right just past the bridge – there is parking below the bridge.

For those who can’t make the drive: the call-in info (note: it may be difficult to hear).

There is a packed agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, some highlights include:

  • Latest Legislative Update
  • Numbers and Challenges from the Field
  • NOFA Update
  • Committee Reports
  • Latest News on the Point-In-Time Report
  • Preview of upcoming events, including Housing First Trainings, OEO’s Shining a Light on Poverty Series, and next month’s Access to Housing event

Check out the full agenda, past meeting minutes, and additional meeting materials here.


Update: Tomorrow’s VCEH Meeting has Been Postponed

Posted February 17, 2014

Update: Due to expected snow, tomorrow’s VCEH Meeting has been postponed.

The next monthly meeting for the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18.  The meeting will take place at a different location in Randolph from where they are usually held.  The meeting will be called to order at 10am in Conant 105 on the Vermont Technical College campus (124 Main St, Randolph, VT 05061).

To reach Vermont Tech, take I89 to Exit 4 (the same exit as usual). On the exit ramps, watch for signs to VTC, which will send you up the hill, away from the McDonald’s/Mobil/Vermont Enterprise Center where we regularly meet. Travel less than a mile to the intersection that brings you to campus, at which, YOU have the right of way. Straight ahead lies the campus.

Conant is Building #3 on this campus map, and you can access 105 by entering either end of the building.  The classroom is on the first floor, and the rooms have their number above their entry way.  The easiest lot for folks to use is Lot D, which is right next to Conant.

Find the full agenda, past meeting minutes, and more meeting materials here.

Folks are encouraged to attend the meeting in person, but if you are unable to, please dial-in at 1-866-244-8528 and use the participant access code 324359. Please note if you are calling in it may be difficult to hear.