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Natural Gas Rate for Lower-Income Vermont Gas Customers available on July 1, 2013

Posted July 10, 2013

For Immediate Release – July 10, 2013

CONTACT: Stephen Wark Vermont Gas 802-951-0373 (desk) 802-338-1792 (mobile)

Natural Gas Rate for Lower-Income Vermont Gas Customers available on July 1, 2013
Qualified Vermont Gas customers could receive an additional 20% off their bill

South Burlington, VT. – Effective July 1, 2013, lower-income Vermont Gas customers may qualify for a special rate that is 20% less expensive than the standard residential rate. The rate was created as a result of a Vermont Public Service Board initiative to help lower energy costs for the most financially vulnerable natural gas customers.

The Vermont Gas residential rate is currently 45% less expensive than heating oil and 53% less expensive than propane.

“Although natural gas rates are far lower than the cost of foreign heating oil or propane, this rate will help people who have a lower income save 20% off the current traditional rates,” said Stephen Wark, communications director for Vermont Gas. “This lower rate can really make a difference for Vermont Gas customers and families as they work to meet their other expenses”.

“We have been publicizing the VT Gas discount program to those we serve since we first learned of this avenue for savings,” said Jan Demers, Executive Director of CVOEO. “With cuts in relief at the Federal and State level, the 20% discount off every monthly bill and the WARMTH Program will be even more essential to keep hard working low-income Vermonters warm this coming winter. We look forward to the expansion to Addison County so even more Vermonters will have access to low cost natural gas. We are grateful for both of these important efforts.”

Eligibility for the program will be determined by the Vermont Department for Children and Families. The maximum gross monthly income is 185% of the federal poverty level based on household size. For example, the maximum gross income per month for a 3-person family is $3,011; add or subtract $620 per person for larger or smaller families. For an application or additional information about eligibility, please call the DCF Energy Assistance Office at 1-800-775-0516 after June 15, or visit their website at

Vermont Gas residential customers can save up to 45 percent ($2,000 per year) compared to fuel oil, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 26 percent. Vermont Gas’ long heritage for safe and reliable operations includes its award-winning energy-efficiency programs, which reduce energy use while saving $12 million annually for homes and businesses. For more information about the Addison Natural Gas Project, visit


P.O.Box 467, Burlington, Vermont 05402-0467 • 85 Swift Street, South Burlington, Vermont 05403 802-863-4511 • 800-639-8081 •

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For more information on how to apply for fuel assistance, click HERE or call 1800-775-0516.

Green Mountain Power’s Energy Assistance Program provides discounted monthly rates for eligible customers.  View Green Mountain Power Flyer


Rivermere units damaged by flash floods

Posted July 9, 2013

Several units in Rivermere, an affordable housing complex in Lebanon, were devastated by flash flooding over the past week. Upper Valley Strong, a committee which formed in response to Tropical Storm Irene, joined other community volunteers to help clean out units in the Twin Pines Housing Trust property. 14 of the property’s 21 units have been cleared for occupancy for Rivermere residents, while the remaining seven are still uninhabitable.

Link to Valley News Article, “Some Rivermere Residents Go Home” – July 7, 2013


Sen. Leahy, Gov. Shumlin Announce Agreement and Funding for the Redevelopment of a State Office Complex Building for Affordable Housing

Posted February 17, 2013

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) awarded $950,000 to fund the redevelopment of the Vermont State Office Complex’s Ladd Hall into affordable housing. The announcement was made last Friday, February 15, by U.S Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Peter Shumlin. Funding for the project comes from the over $20 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds that the ACCD received through HUD following Tropical Storm Irene. CDBG grants were awarded to five additional Vermont communities. These grants will fund affordable housing and community-strengthening initiatives across the state, and total over $1 million.

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View Descriptions of CDBG Grants


Waterbury Recovery Efforts Get $1 Million Boost

Posted February 5, 2013

By Lynne McCrea. VPR News, February 1, 2013.

The town of Waterbury just got a boost in its efforts to recover from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board has awarded two nonprofit housing groups more than $1 million in state and federal funds to buy and reconfigure a former state office building that has sat vacant since the 2011 storm.

The project will create 27 new affordable apartments on Main Street, in the downtown. VHCB’s Polly Nichol says the Waterbury proposal had many of the things they’re looking for in a project. “You know, reusing an existing building, location in downtown, rebuilding after the flood, a strong market where there’s a need for affordable housing. It just hit a lot of our priorities.”

Nichol says the site of the new project is not in the flood plain, and the only reason the building flooded during Irene was because of water getting into a basement tunnel system that was connected to other state buildings.

Link to VPR News story 


Gov. Shumlin outlines administration changes

Posted January 8, 2013

Reposted from January 3rd, 2013 Press Release. Contact: Susan Allen, 802-279-8493.

On January 3, 2013, Governor Peter Shumlin issued a press release detailing upcoming changes to his administration, specifically the reestablishment of the Department of Economic Development. Furthermore, former state Representative Lucy Leriche has been named Deputy Sercretary of Commerce and Community Development. Leriche’s leadership experience as well as her background in housing development and homeownership programs is vital to Vermont’s housing recovery process, following Tropical Storm Irene.

Read excerpts from the Press Release:

“The Governor also announced that he is re-establishing the Department of Economic Development to focus exclusively on supporting Vermont businesses and recruiting new employers. That department had been rolled into Housing and Community Affairs during the previous gubernatorial administration. This change will not require additional personnel.

Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller said economic development is currently spearheaded by outgoing Deputy Secretary Patricia Moulton Powden. But, Miller added, that economic focus is a vital part of his agency’s mission and demands a full-time focus. Miller said he will be running the search for the new Commissioner of Economic Development (recommendations should be sent to copying

In addition, former state Rep. Lucy Leriche has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. Leriche, of Hardwick, replaces Moulton Powden, who is leaving to take a position at the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. Leriche has extensive experience overseeing multiple programs, including single family home programs, the Homeownership Center, housing development, rental housing operations; she also founded a not for profit organization for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

‘I am grateful that Lucy agreed to join the administration.  Her professional experience running the Lamoille Housing Partnership is particularly valuable as we work on the long term recovery housing issues coming out of Irene’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘The broad policy experience she gained serving in the leadership of the Vermont House represents the type of perspective we need in the cabinet as we continue to break down the silos in state government.'”


“Susan Bartlett, of Morrisville, former state Senator and chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, also joined the Shumlin administration as Special Assistant to the Governor, coordinating human services projects for the administration. She now moves to the Agency of Human Services as Special Projects Coordinator to focus on ensuring that low-income Vermonters have access to the skills and education they need to find good paying jobs. 

In addition, former Rep. Floyd Nease has been appointed Director of Systems Integration, helping coordinate family services across Vermont, reducing the paperwork for families in need of state assistance, and speeding the flow of financial aid to those who qualify. Nease has in-depth experience in human services issues, previously serving as executive director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, director of Laraway Youth and Family Services, and as a Vermont state representative from 2002 until his resignation in January 2011.

‘I am pleased to have both Susan and Floyd joint the AHS leadership team.  The Governor has given us the responsibility to address the benefits cliff issue, better coordinate services for children and families, reduce recidivism, and manage increasing caseloads in a difficult fiscal climate,’ Human Services Secretary Doug Racine said. ‘Floyd’s and Susan’s experiences and skills will be valuable assets as we take on all of our human services challenges.'”

Read Full Shumlin Press Release


Governor Shumlin Announces $1.8 Million in Downtown Tax Credits

Posted October 11, 2012

By: Susan Allen, Press Release, October 8, 2012

BARRE – Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the allocation of $1.786 million in tax credits through the Downtown Program to support nearly $26 million in building improvements in downtowns and village centers across the state. This year, in addition to traditional credits which spur building investment and revitalization in Vermont’s community centers, $500,000 in flood credits were allocated to help repair and rehabilitate buildings damaged by the flooding in 2011.

Competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, this year’s tax credits went to 30 projects in 17 communities.  Credits will support the reconstruction of the Brooks House in Brattleboro–severely damaged by fire in April 2011, promote new investments in the vacant and underused Blanchard Block in Barre, and Catamount High School in Bennington, as well as support the recovery of 14 flood-impacted businesses in Barre, Quechee, St. Johnsbury, Waterbury and Wilmington…”

PDF of Full Press Release


Governor Shumlin Announces $1.7 Million Grant for Healthy Homes Program

Posted October 2, 2012

By: Susan Allen, Office of the Governor and Ron Rupp, VHCB, Press Release, October 1, 2012

“MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced today that the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will receive a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund Healthy Homes Vermont. The new program will add to existing rehabilitation programs, providing assistance to correct building issues that contribute to unhealthy living conditions like mold, moisture and pest infestation, and particularly affect vulnerable groups, such as children with asthma and the elderly…”

PDF of Full Press Release


State’s budget gap estimate $50 million to $70 million for 2014

Posted September 25, 2012

By: Anne Galloway. Reposted from:, September 20, 2012

“New projections from the Joint Fiscal Office indicate Vermont could have an operating budget gap of $50 million to $70 million in fiscal year 2014.

At the end of the legislative session in May, the state projected a $44 million gap in fiscal year 2014. Since then the state’s revenues have been downgraded by $16.5 million…”

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FEMA approves public assistance for Brattleboro Housing Authority

Posted September 24, 2012

Press Release,, September 23, 2012

“A public housing project in Brattleboro that was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene will receive federal funding for subsequent clean up and repairs as well as steps to flood proof the structures for the short term.

The Brattleboro Housing Authority’s Melrose Terrace facility will receive $290,000 through the federal Public Assistance program for the recovery work and steps to make any future flooding less costly for residents there…”

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BHA going through FEMA process

Posted September 20, 2012

By: Howard Weiss-Tisman, Reformer Staff, Brattleboro Reformer, September 1, 2012. Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer.


“BRATTLEBORO — The flood waters have receded, the decision has been made to move the residents out of Melrose Terrace and the process has begun to find a new location for the approximately 80 residents who now call the West Brattleboro public housing complex, “home.”

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is still trying to decide if it will pay for repairs at Melrose that were a result of last year’s flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

FEMA is collecting public input on its proposed mitigation plan at Melrose Terrace, and will accept comments until Sept. 12 as the slow process toward federal funding creeps forward…”

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