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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.

View PDF of Full Press Release

View Descriptions of CDBG Grants


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


Hurricane Sandy: Vermont gears up for late-season monster storm

Posted October 29, 2012

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff, Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer, October 27, 2012.

“Brattleboro Housing Authority Executive Director Chris Hart said the organization is still cleaning up from Tropical Storm Irene.

BHA’s Melrose Terrace suffered extensive damage during last year’s historic storm and the housing authority is waiting on the grants to install storm gates and elevate the water heaters off the floors of the most vulnerable apartments.

But instead of continuing the work at Melrose, Hart spent Friday securing loose items, removing picnic tables and toys from the yards and comforting weary tenants who could be facing another evacuation as Hurricane Sandy barrels its way toward New England…”

Link to Full Brattleboro Reformer Article 

Full PDF of article


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


Input Needed to Improve Vermont’s Downtown Program, Due 10/5

Posted September 26, 2012

Reposted from: Noelle MacKay, DEHCD, September 26, 2012

Housing Leaders!

As many of you know, we at DEHCD are working on re-evaluating and re-assessing our suite of designation programs. We are picking up where we left off before TSI hit and in the process of meeting one-on-one and in groups as well as developing a survey. SO…

I need your assistance in collecting feedback on our designation programs. I would appreciate you taking time to post the request below to your listserve and forward the survey to others who are familiar with the programs as well as you taking time to share your thoughts and fill out the survey.  Thanks! Noelle

The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development is re-evaluating some of our programs and would appreciate your time to share your views, opinions, and experiences on the suite of state designations collectively known as the “Downtown Program” (new town centers, growth centers, Vermont neighborhoods). We will use the information in this short survey (13 questions) to help guide us in some key decisions, as we work to update and improve the program.

You can find a link to the survey here – Downtown Program Survey

The deadline to respond is Friday, October 5th.  

Your feedback is very valuable to us and we will share the survey results in our upcoming Community Planning and Revitalization newsletter and on our website mid-late October.  We appreciate your time and thoughts in responding to this survey invitation.

Thank you in advance for your important contribution to help make Vermont’s communities strong and apologies for duplicate requests for the survey.



Noelle MacKay, Commissioner

Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development

One National Life Drive North Building, 6th Floor

Montpelier, VT  05620-0501

Phone: (802) 828-5216, Fax: (802) 828-2928

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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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