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Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $1.5 M In Affordable Housing Grants For Vermont’s Local NeighborWorks Organizations

Posted March 5, 2015

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Wednesday announced $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont. The announcement marks the first round of 2015 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America.

Leahy said: “Vermont’s NeighborWorks affiliates are on the front lines of creating jobs and stabilizing our communities by investing in affordable housing. Vermont, like the rest of the country, faces an extreme shortage of affordable housing. These investments will help our local NeighborWorks Organizations to continue to build, rehabilitate and manage affordable housing for Vermonters and provide vital housing counseling and education for renters, homebuyers and homeowners. These grants will support their excellent record of lending a hand to Vermonters in need and in helping to strengthen our communities.”

Sanders said: “It is no secret that over the past decade, incomes have not come close to keeping pace with rising housing costs. At a time when countless families are struggling to get by, and when many households are spending more and more of their limited income on housing, this grant will help provide more housing to Vermonters who need it.”

Welch said: “Every Vermonter should have the peace of mind that comes with a safe and affordable home. These funds are a welcome investment in our communities and can be put to use helping families with a wide range of challenges such as finding a rental, needed home repairs and financial counseling. I applaud NeighborWorks for their commitment to strengthening and improving neighborhoods all over Vermont.”

As the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee Leahy has led efforts to support for annual funding for NeighborWorks America. Last year Leahy led a group of 30 senators (link is external), which includes Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in urging the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee to support funding for NeighborWorks America, which has a proven its ability to leverage federal appropriations with other investments.

NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit established by Congress to invest in revitalizing communities and preserving affordable housing through their 245 partner organizations across the country. NeighborWorks America awarded five grants to Vermont’s affiliates, totaling $1,558,939, an increase over the $1,334,634 awarded last year:

Central Vermont Community Land Trust Inc. — $161,250
Champlain Housing Trust — $574,189
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont — $269,385
RuralEdge — $214,160
Windham & Windsor Housing Trust — $339,955

Ludy Biddle, director of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWV), said: “This grant makes it possible for us to carry out everything from our personal counseling for elderly couples threatened with foreclosure, to our home repair and efficiency program that is saving residents more than a million dollars a year in energy costs, to our neighborhood program impacting all the residents in a 10-block area near downtown Rutland. NeighborWorks America makes this all possible.”

Chris Donnelly, director of community relations for Champlain Housing Trust, said: “NeighborWorks America’s support strengthens our organization at a time when there is an increasing need for our services. This funding will also help us build new affordable apartments to address the significant shortage of housing in our region.”


Job Opening at Windham & Windsor Housing Trust

Posted April 17, 2014

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) is seeking a Property Manager based in their Brattleboro, VT office. The successful candidate for this full time position for properties located in the Brattleboro, Putney, Bellows Falls and Springfield area, will be responsible for all aspects of assigned properties including, tenant qualifications, lease- up, tenant relations and communication, rent collection, lease enforcement and compliance with local, state and federal programs including but not limited to LIHTC, HOME and RD515. Certification required.

Qualified candidates must have experience managing residential tax credit and RD properties, voucher and project-based Section 8, and will have experience working with complementary social agencies to assure continuing support for tenants at risk. Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel, and Outlook, understanding of budgetary concepts and procedures, advanced ability to implement given strategic direction, advanced understanding of portfolio management, decision making process, logical sequence of activities, interdependencies between activities/tasks, deliverable prioritization and timeline.

WWHT provides affordable rental housing to low- and moderate-income households, including families and individuals, persons with disabilities or special needs, and the elderly. We offer a competitive salary and benefits. Please submit a cover letter and resume by April 21 to Human Resources, WWHT, 68 Birge Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or

WWHT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Federal Housing Dollars Heading to Southeastern Vermont

Posted December 6, 2013

Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday $1 million in federal grants will be heading to the town of Brattleboro and the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, which will be used throughout the two counties to improve housing for low income home owners.  The Brattleboro Reformer has the details:

Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered $1 million in federal grants on Wednesday…

Shumlin also awarded $271,000 to the town of Wilmington to help the housing trust rehabilitate a seven-unit Main Street apartment the trust owns.

“Our goal is to ensure that we have affordable housing in Vermont,” Shumlin said before he announced the funding at a ceremony held at Brattleboro’s Municipal Center Wednesday. “One of the things that helps to prime the pump, and helps Vermont immensely is the fact that we are getting affordable housing right.”

Shumlin said the federal money goes a long way toward leveraging additional public and private investments in the housing stock of southeastern Vermont. And he said the investments, in the long run, help reduce homelessness by helping keep low income home owners in their properties.

“It’s much cheaper and a much better investment and a much more humane approach to ensure we are doing the financial counseling and the intervention to keep people in their homes, than the dire alternative of having them removed from their home because they can’t make ends meet,” Shumlin said.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust Executive Director Connie Snow said the $1 million grant will help the housing trust fund its Rehabilitation Loan Fund Program, which provides counseling and construction advice to low-income home owners, as well as low-interest loans and energy efficiency upgrades.

“All of these improvements help home owners remain in their homes,” Snow said. “They keep the homes in our community safe and well maintained.”

She said the housing trust has run the program for seven years and more than 200 home owners have taken advantage of the services which are funded by the U.S Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program.


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Algiers Village housing dedicated

Posted July 16, 2013

By Mike Faher. Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer, July 12, 2013.

Less than two weeks after Guilford Country Store reopened, officials gathered Wednesday to celebrate completion of a $4.5 million housing project on Guilford Center Road.

The project brought 17 new apartments to Guilford through an effort led by Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. But Connie Snow, the trust’s executive director, said there was plenty of gratitude to spread around.

‘This was a multifaceted revitalization effort,’ Snow said…”

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NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont Uses Technology to Build Strong Network

Posted June 5, 2013


“Burlington, VT – A grant made in the fall of 2011 following Tropical Storm Irene to strengthen and support five regional housing nonprofits working together as the NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont is creating video conferencing capacity, the groups announced today. The $200,000 grant made by NeighborWorks America is also helping the organizations collaborate more effectively, be better able to deliver services statewide, assist in the ongoing needs of Vermonters affected by flooding and be prepared for responding to future disasters.

The announcement was made during NeighborWorks Week, an annual campaign by NeighborWorks America and its network of more than 240 local organizations mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

The five housing groups – Champlain Housing Trust, RuralEdge, Central Vermont Community Land Trust, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust – cover the entire state with home buyer education, financial literacy, credit counseling, home rehabilitation, disaster recovery and other programs. They are chartered members of NeighborWorks America and operate NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers…”

PDF of Full CHT Press Release


SAVE THE DATE: Algiers Village Housing Ribbon Cutting

Posted May 29, 2013

Save the Date for the Algiers Village Housing ribbon cutting!

Algiers Village Housing is the culmination of many years of planning on the part of Friends of Algiers, the Town of Guilford, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, and Housing Vermont. In the course of this effort, two abandoned warehouse buildings were demolished, a brownfield site was cleaned up, and municipal water was extended from Brattleboro to Algiers.

Two new, energy efficient buildings have been constructed in the heart of Algiers village: a 15-apartment building at 91 Guilford Center Road, and a duplex at 71 Guilford Center Road.  These buildings will provide housing opportunities for local citizens for many years to come.

When: Wednesday, July 10/4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: 91 Guilford Center Rd., Guilford, VT

*Refreshments provided by the newly opened Guilford Country Store

Click HERE to RSVP