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Job Opportunity: SASH Coordinator at VSHA

Posted January 12, 2016

Make a difference by assisting elderly residents & residents with disabilities obtain needed supportive services from the community to prevent premature & unnecessary institutionalization; assess individual service needs; determine eligibility for public services; & make resource allocation decisions to enable residents to remain safely in their homes. SASH responsibilities fall into three broad categories of intervention: transitional care, coordinated care & self-management education.

Bachelor’s Degree & experience in a related social service field; knowledge of community services, strong interpersonal skills & the ability to coordinate & deal effectively one-on-one & in group settings. Grant funded position is based in Montpelier & covers residents at properties in Northfield, Barre, Bethel & White River Jct. For position details, requirements & qualifications, visit www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 



Job Opportunity: Section 8 Field Representative at the Vermont State Housing Authority

Posted December 2, 2015

Vermont State Housing Authority, statewide housing provider, needs a professional individual to handle all field operations for Section 8/McKinney funded housing rental programs in Addison county, & parts of Chittenden county. Responsibilities include working with clients, landlords & community organizations; mediating issues; administering & enforcing contracts with property owners; & performing annual reexaminations of tenants & inspections of units under the program. Bachelor’s Degree & two years’ work experience in public or private housing field, including public contact. Individual will be home-based & must reside in Addison or Chittenden county. Extensive driving required, including weekly trips to the central office in Montpelier. Position is full time 40 hours per week. For full position details visit www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additionally, VSHA is still recruiting for a Site Specialist. For more information on this position, click here.

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Job Opportunities with the Vermont State Housing Authority

Posted October 29, 2015

SITE SPECIALIST
Join the Vermont State Housing Authority Property & Asset Management team as a Site Specialist helping individuals & families with their housing needs. The Site Specialist is responsible for all duties related to intake services such as application processing & verifications; perform annual & interim recertifications, handle correspondence; process daily work & monthly reports. Must be organized, reliable & able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team. Position is office based in Montpelier & includes extensive telephone & public contact work. Visit our web site at www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

INTAKE/CLIENT SERVICES SPECIALIST (POSITION FILLED)
Make a difference by helping Vermont individuals & families with their housing needs. Join the professional team at the Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider. Position open for an organized, reliable individual to perform a variety of administrative & technical support to the overall day-to-day program division operations. Position is office based in Montpelier & involves telephone communication & public contact work. Must be able to multi-task & work in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team. For position details, requirements & qualifications, visit www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Opportunity: Site Manager with VSHA

Posted September 8, 2015

The Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider, is looking for a professional, reliable manager to handle the day-to-day management & site operations for a residential property portfolio. Individual must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, have excellent organizational, time management & strong interpersonal skills, & be able to assess and resolve complex situations. Bachelor’s degree + minimum 3 years hands-on experience in property management in the public, nonprofit or private housing field, including experience in collections; supervisory experience is preferred. Position is based in White River Junction.

For more details on this position visit www.vsha.org. Send cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556; or contact@vsha.org. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Opportunities with the Vermont State Housing Authority

Posted July 22, 2015

UPDATE: Positions Filled

SELF-SUFFICIENCY CASE MANAGER
Make a difference by helping individuals & families reach their goals of independence. Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider, has an exciting opportunity for an individual to join their dedicated team of employees. Position will coordinate & administer case management to Section 8 program participants for a variety of programs. Bachelor’s Degree & a minimum of two years’ work experience in social services with a focus on case management & outreach. Position is home-based & requires working in a field environment with driving on a regular basis. Position is funded based on annual appropriations. Position details, requirements & qualifications at www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556; or contact@vsha.org. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CLIENT SERVICES
Make a difference by helping individuals & families with their housing needs. Join the Vermont State Housing Authority team, a statewide affordable housing provider. Position open for an organized, reliable individual to perform a variety of technical, clerical, hands-on work related to housing programs. Position includes telephone & public contact work & is based in Montpelier. Must be able to multi-task & work in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team. Position details, requirements & qualifications, at www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556; or contact@vsha.org. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Waitlist for Section 8 Vouchers Now Closed

Posted June 18, 2015

The waitlist for Section 8 vouchers in Vermont, which reopened on April 1st of this year, is now closed. For more information read this recent article from the Rutland Herald below or at the link here:

With fewer federal dollars available to help and rents rising out of reach for more and more Vermonters, the state housing authority on Monday closed its waitlist for Section 8 housing vouchers after more than 1,400 applications flooded in within just two and a half months.

As of mid-day Monday, the agency had 1,435 applications on its waitlist, said Kathleen Berk, director of housing programs for Vermont State Housing Authority. The VSHA first closed its list in 2010, and despite briefly reopening it for those displaced by Tropical Storm Irene, kept it closed until April 1 of this year, when it had gone through every application on file.

“I think the number is astounding and really speaks to the incredible need for affordable housing across the state,” Berk said.

Section 8 vouchers are the federal government’s major program for assisting low-income families to afford housing in the private market. Administered locally by public housing authorities, the vouchers are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While waitlists in the past could reach these numbers, Berk said, they usually didn’t so accurately reflect need. Administrators would reach a name on the list and find out that the applicant had found help elsewhere, or was no longer eligible, and would move on to the next name.

But with these applications submitted within such a short period of time, Berk said all but a negligible amount of those 1,400 applicants probably do need the assistance now.

Vermont is the 13th most expensive state in the country for renters, according to a report jointly released in May by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. A family must have 2.3 wage earners working full time at minimum wage, or one full-time earner working 90 hours a week, to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the statewide average market rate of $1,075, according to the report.

Statewide, a renter needs to make $16.07 an hour to afford a market-rate one-bedroom at $836, but the average Vermont renter only makes $11.78 an hour, the report said. Rents in Vermont have gone up 29 percent since 2008, it noted.

Of the applications currently on the VSHA’s waitlist, 579 are families with children, Berk said, 169 are elderly households, and 256 are families with disabilities. Seventy-six of those 1,400 applications are from Rutland County, Berk said, and 33 of those applications represent families with children. Eight are applications from elderly households, 18 from families with disabilities.

The VSHA generally issues vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis, although since Irene, it also gives slight preference to those recently displaced by fire, flood and condemnation, Berk said. Those in a transitional housing program administered by the VSHA get some preference as well, Berk said, and the agency is seeking public input on the possibility for a preference for homeless families.

The VSHA is approved to administer 3,736 vouchers, but only 3,292 of those vouchers were funded as of May 1, Berk said. She added that assuming funding levels hold steady and the agency turns over 30 to 50 vouchers a month, the VSHA expects it will be about two years before it gets through its waitlist.

Regional housing authorities across the state administer Section 8 vouchers as well, but Vermonters seeking relief there generally face waitlists of two to three years.

A renter who lives within a regional authority’s boundaries can apply to the state and the regional authority’s Section 8 programs, but ultimately can only accept one voucher.

In Rutland County, the Rutland Housing Authority administers vouchers within six miles of the Rutland City limits. That authority’s waitlist is open, but any renter submitting his or her name now faces about a two-year wait, said Becky Ladabouche, RHA office assistant. The authority has a little less than 200 vouchers to work with, she said.

Bennington Housing Authority’s waitlist is open, but it should take the agency anywhere between two and three years to get through the names already on the waitlist, said Debbie Reed, BHA executive director.

The Montpelier Housing Authority waitlist is open — after having been closed for about four years — but 50 applicants already sit on the waitlist. Of the 122 vouchers the agency is approved to administer, only 106 are funded, said Jo-Ann Troiano, MHA executive director.

 



VA Services for Homeless Veterans

Posted May 1, 2015

The VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont State Housing Authority and Vermont Council on Homelessness are committed to the national goal of ending homelessness among Veterans. If you encounter a homeless person who may be a Veteran (served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, deployed with the National Guard or Reserve), please advise them that there are many housing resources & supports through the VA. Please feel free to contact any of the people on this list (PDF file).

For information regarding eligibility status for VA care please call (802) 295-9363 x6281 (or ask the operator for the eligibility office).

The Health Care for Homeless Veterans team (HCHV) mission is to help homeless Veterans access the full range of medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment at the VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics and to provide homeless Veterans with assistance in accessing community resources, transitional housing, and permanent housing in order to facilitate opportunities for Veterans to improve their well-being.

 



VSHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List to Open April 1, 2015

Posted March 19, 2015

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) will be opening its waiting list and begin accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program on April 1, 2015 at 8:00AM. Beginning April 1, 2015, applications may be obtained by visiting VSHA’s website at www.vsha.org/vsha-programs/rental-assistance-program and clicking on Application for Rental Assistance. Applications can also be obtained at their office located at One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT between the hours of 8:00 am. – 4:00 pm. Monday – Friday, or by contacting VSHA’s Intake Office at 802-828-1991.

A new revised pre application will be posted to the VSHA website and made available in paper format beginning April 1, 2015 at 8:00AM.

PLEASE NOTE – THEY WILL ONLY ACCEPT THIS FORM OF APPLICATION – BEGINNING APRIL 1, 2015 @ 8 AM. EARLIER VERSIONS ARE OBSOLETE AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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Job Opportunity: VSHA Hiring for Two Positions

Posted February 3, 2015

The Vermont State Housing Authority is currently looking to hire a Field Representative and a Coordinator of Housing Program Services. Read below for descriptions, requirements, and how to apply for each opportunity.

COORDINATOR HOUSING PROGRAM SERVICES: The Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider, has an exciting opportunity for a strong administrator to join the VSHA management team. The right individual will have strong supervisory, technical and professional planning skills. This position will be responsible for several sectors of all federal and state rental assistance programs administered by VSHA, including direct supervision of Intake, Client Services and Self-Sufficiency staff. Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years professional level experience in administrative, social services and/or outreach, including supervisory responsibilities. Familiarity with federal and state rental housing programs preferred. Position is based in Montpelier and requires travel. Visit www.vsha.org for full position details. Resume and cover letter to HR, VSHA, One Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. *Position Filled*

FIELD REPRESENTATIVE: Vermont State Housing Authority, statewide housing provider, needs a professional individual to handle all field operations for Section 8/McKinney funded housing rental programs in Bennington county, and parts of northeast Windham county and lower Rutland county. Responsibilities include working with clients, landlords and community organizations; mediating issues; administering and enforcing contracts with property owners; and performing annual reexaminations of tenants and inspections of units under the program. Bachelor’s Degree and two years’ work experience in public or private housing field, including public contact. Individual will be home-based and must reside in Bennington county, northeast Windham county or lower Rutland county. Extensive driving required, including weekly trips to the central office in Montpelier. Position is full time 40 hours per week. For full position details visit www.vsha.org. Cover letter and resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Opportunity: VSHA Client Services

Posted January 21, 2015

Make a difference by helping Vermont individuals & families with their housing needs. Join the professional team at the Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider. Position open for an organized, reliable individual to perform a variety of administrative & technical support to the overall day-to-day program division operations. Position involves telephone communication and public contact work & is based in Montpelier. Must be able to multi-task & work in a fast-paced environment, independently or as part of a team. For position details, requirements & qualifications, visit www.vsha.org. Cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 05602-3556. VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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