Advocacy

2022 Legislative Wrap-Up

Each year VAHC gathers together the priorities of our 90+ member organizations to identify and articulate our advocacy approach in the Legislative Session. After working with legislators and partners throughout the session, we release a wrap-up that breaks down our accomplishments along with our objectives in the next year. Below are some of those accomplishments with a full break down available here.

Omnibus Housing Bill

  • Created a First-Generation Homebuyers Program through VHFA.

  • Expanded the Downtown Village Center Tax Credit Program. 

  • Allocated $15 million off ARPA funds to a Missing Middle Program.

  • Established a Land Access and Opportunity Board to address structural racism and disparities that create barriers to land and home ownership.

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Rental Housing Safety

  • Created a complaint-based inspection system in the Department of Public Safety. The creation of this new office was funded by $400,000 of ARPA funds.

  • Established the Vermont Rental Housing Improvement Program to rehabilitate non-code compliant units and incentivize the renting of accessory dwelling units. This program was budgeted $20 million from ARPA funds.

2022 Budget Adjustment Act

  • $30 million from the General Fund and $25 million from ARPA funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board 

  • $20 million in ARPA funding for the Vermont Home Improvement Program.

FY23 Budget

  • $50 million in ARPA funding to VHCB.

  • $15.1 million from the Property Transfer Tax to VHCB

  • $10 million to the Missing Middle Pilot Program.

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