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Correction – VHCC Legislative Day on Feb. 2

Posted January 30, 2017

Please be advised that VHCC Legislative day at the Statehouse will take place this Thursday, February 2nd. This is a correction from our newsletter last week which stated that the event was taking place on the 5th. We hope to see you there!


NOTICE – Change in VAHC February Meeting Date


Please be advised that the next Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition meeting, previously scheduled for Wednesday, February 8th, will now take place from 9:30 to 11:30 on Friday, February 17th at the Vermont Center for Independent Living in Montpelier.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact Luke Dodge. An agenda and call-in information will go out in the coming weeks.


Vermont Conducts Annual Point in Time Count of the Homeless

Posted January 27, 2017

On January 24th, homeless service providers across Vermont conducted a one-night census of the homeless population in our state. Each year, the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness organizes the Point In Time Count of the Homeless. This HUD-mandated count is an effort to survey the state of homelessness in Vermont for state and federal policymakers, as well as to raise awareness about how far we have to go. Visit to find our more about the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the planning that goes into the Point in Time count. To hear more about the count from one of its coordinators, click here.


Cathedral Square Receives $625,000 to Support Senior Housing Development in South Burlington


Cathedral Square Corporation (CSC), a nonprofit organization that develops and manages affordable senior living communities, today received a $625,000 award from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) to help fund a new, 39-unit residence for seniors in South Burlington’s new city center. CSC is partnering with Snyder Braverman Development Company LLC to develop the project on Market Street.

CSC Chief Executive Officer Kim Fitzgerald called the VHCB award “a critical piece of the financing puzzle” needed for City Center Senior Housing, which will provide service-supported homes for 39 senior households. The development will be mixed income, providing affordable and market-rate homes for elders.  The vacancy rate for rental housing in the Chittenden County area is approximately 1 percent, which makes finding affordable housing extremely difficult for seniors of modest means, she added.

For more information on the project, visit and


Community-Based Public Hearings on the FY2018 Governor’s Proposed State Budget


The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the FY 2018 Governor’s Proposed State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the 6 locations listed below.

  • Bellows Falls: Windham Antique Center, 5 The Square.
  • Johnson: Johnson State College, Bentley 207.
  • Rutland City: Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building.
  • St. Albans City: St. Albans City Elementary School, Library.
  • St. Johnsbury: The St. Johnsbury School, Cafeteria.
  • Winooski: Community College of Vermont, Janice Couture Room (108).
  • An additional public hearing will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.

To view or print a copy of the proposed budget, go to the Department of Finance and Management’s website by clicking here. For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, call Theresa Utton-Jerman or Rebecca Buck, Joint Fiscal Office, 802-828-5767 or toll-free 1-800-322-5616; or e-mail: or Requests for interpreters should be made to the office by Monday, January 30, 2017.


Scott Seeks New Affordable Housing Funds

Posted January 25, 2017

From VT Digger: Phil Scott seeks a $35 million bond to allow the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to build new homes for low-income and middle-income residents.

Jen Hollar, the policy director for the board, said some of the housing would be for families earning up to $84,000, and other housing would serve low-income, homeless and potentially homeless Vermonters.

Hollar said it is too early to tell how many housing units could be built with the $35 million, but she said the board would seek federal funding and leverage the state money to raise private capital.

Read the full article.



Jobs Available at Vermont State Housing Authority



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.  Visit our web site at Cover letter & resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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  Cover letter & resume to HR, VSHA, One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT  05602-3556.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Trump Administration Suspends FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cut

Posted January 23, 2017

Just hours after his inauguration, HUD issued an order to suspend the reduction of Mortgage Insurance Premiums. This suspension does not come as much of a surprise, as President Obama had ordered a second reduction of these premiums just days before his second term concluded.

Ben Carson, the Trump administrations presumptive Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Trump administration plans to “really examine” the Obama administration’s decision to cut FHA premiums before determining a course of action.

Read more from HousingWire.


Burlington City Councilor Seeks Public Housing Eviction Task Force


Burlington City Councilor Dave Hartnett is spearheading an effort to create a task force to support public housing tenants facing eviction. Hartnett is specifically concerned with the chain of events that occur when Champlain Housing Trust, Cathedral Square, or Burlington Housing Authority decide to terminate a lease.

Earlier this month, Hartnett and several other councilors met with representatives from each of the public housing authorities to learn more about the process of terminating leases and evicting residents.

Read more from the Burlington Free Press.


Brattleboro’s Lamplighter Inn May Get New Life As Supportive Housing

Posted January 20, 2017

From VPR: A housing group in Brattleboro wants to purchase a motel and build a supportive housing development with 22 new apartments. Eleven of those units would be devoted to long-term housing for homeless individuals.

The Lamplighter Inn sticks out like a battered sore thumb among the newer chain motels that have opened up along this commercial strip in Brattleboro. The 60-year-old motel has seen better days.

But Connie Snow, executive director of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, sees a future for the Lamplighter.

“The plan is to create 22 micro-apartments,” Snow said. “Each one will have a kitchen and bath. We will build a community building … and then offices for supportive services.”

Click here to listen to the story from VPR.


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