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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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 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…”
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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
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