Here you'll find the latest information about what's happening at our member organizations, opportunities in the community, and the latest news from the Legislature. Also VAHC Staff share their thoughts about the housing crisis in Vermont.
The City of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) seeks
the services of qualified consultants to conduct an assessment of the current
Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Ordinance and to evaluate its impact on the provision of
housing opportunities for all Vermont’s citizens, particularly low-to moderateincome
households. This analysis should examine whether inclusionary zoning has
led to inclusion and the creation of economically integrated communities that a
Last week the Burlington City Council approved a Housing Action Plan to address the city’s housing crisis. To view the final draft of the plan as well as public comments made on previous drafts, click here. to read more about the plan view the WAMC report below as listen to the audio here: The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved a Housing Action Plan that includes 22 initiatives to create new housing and reduce costs in Vermont’s largest city.
The Housing Action
Last night, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger presented his Housing Action Plan to the City Council and members of the public. The article below from the Burlington Free Press discusses this presentation of the plan and challenges that lie ahead: A far-reaching plan to improve housing in Burlington will likely get more public input before it gets City Council approval.
Public comment and discussion among councilors Monday night tilted toward extending a final decision by at l
Organizers of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Burlington are excited to share what they learned during the three day registry event that took place earlier this week at a community briefing next Wednesday, October 29 at 5 pm at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington. They will have preliminary tallies of how many folks we registered, what they know about their housing needs, and will discuss their next steps.
Seven Days profiled the 100,000 Homes Campaign in an article publi
The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) is hosting a celebration tonight to honor the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There will be a raffle and art show featuring artists from the Brandon Training School, and a performance by Tom Sullivan, a blind entertainer, author, and inspirational speaker. A VIP reception with Sullivan will be held following the performance. American Sign Language interpreters and Communication Acce
Public housing authorities in Vermont are feeling the effects of sequestration on already stressed budgets. This results in fewer issued vouchers, reducing access to housing for low-income Vermonters. Representatives from several housing authorities across the state comment on limited funding and losing vouchers in articles from VTDigger and The Commons Online.
Link to VTDigger article
Link to PDF of Full VTDigger.org article
Link to Full Commons Online Article
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger honored AmeriCorps and other national service members on Tuesday, April 9, at a ceremony in Burlington’s City Hall. The event was held to observe the first ever Day of Recognition for National Service. Weinberger thanked members for their commitment to improving their communities, “National service demonstrates the best of the American spirit – people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions,” said
Join Vermont Interfaith Action as they present information on which local banks are most responsive to customer needs and most invested in local communities. Help challenge our own congregations to consider moving funds if better choices are available, and think about where you most want to put your money.
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: The First United Methodist Church, 21 Buell St, Burlington (corner of Buell and S. Winooski Ave.)
For more information
By John Herrick. Reposted from the Burlington Free Press, February 19, 2013.
The Howard Center’s Street Outreach Team provide direct service to those in need. #Homelessness #VT #BTV #AdvocacyandPolicy #HousingHealthandSafety
Reposted from the Champlain Housing Trust, February 6, 2013.
The Champlain Housing Trust is hosting a free advocacy workshop for anyone interested in learning how to influence how laws are developed.
The workshop will cover items such as: Fundamentals of advocacy How to make your case How to arrange meetings with your legislator Do’s and Don’ts When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013. 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: CHT’s office, 88 King Street, Burlington
The event is open to the public, an
For Immediate Release – Contact, Chris Donnelly, 861-7305
“Burlington, Vermont – The Champlain Housing Trust presented four community leaders with awards at its annual meeting Saturday night with more than 150 attending. Attendees also elected members of the Board of Directors, and six staff were recognized for their ten years of work at the organization.
Brian Pine, the City of Burlington’s Housing Director in the Community and Economic Development Office, was presented wit
As the region experiences freezing temperatures, homeless and precariously-housed Vermonters are struggling to find safe places to spend the night. #Homelessness #AffordableHousing #VT #BTV #BurlingtonFreePress #HousingCreationandPreservation #Housing #HousingHealthandSafety #HousingAgencyandNonprofitNews
By Leslie Black-Plumeau. Reposted from VHFA’s Housing Matters blog, January 18, 2013.
“Vermont’s economic performance coming out of the recession is among the best, if not the best, in New England, Fed economist Robert Clifford explained at a Lake Champlain Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast yesterday. Clifford identified the state’s steady job growth and much “healthier” housing market as key drivers of this success.
Employment in Vermont will return to pre-recession l
The Champlain Housing Trust presents Neighborhoods, their 2012 Annual Report detailing their work and progress over the past year. If you would like a hard-copy of the report, contact the Champlain Housing Trust.
View PDF of Champlain Housing Trust’s 2012 Annual Report
CHT will be holding their Annual Meeting Saturday, January 26, 2013. Please RSVP by Monday, January 21, 2013. To RSVP, call 802-862-6244. #HousingEvents #ChamplainHousingTrust #AffordableHousing #VT #BTV #Hou
By Matt Ryan, Burlington Free Press Staff Writer. Reposted from the BurlingtonFreePress.com, January 3, 2012.
“Not in my preschool.
That was the prevailing sentiment expressed by parents during a discussion Wednesday night on whether the gymnasium that preschoolers use at the North Avenue Alliance Church should moonlight as a winter overflow shelter for Burlington’s homeless population.
As the temperature plunged below zero outside, Pastor Jim Stewart and representatives f
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition‘s Executive Director, Erhard Mahnke was featured on Gathering Peace, a radio program broadcast through Goddard College’s community radio station, WGDR. Mahnke was interviewed by the program’s host, Joseph Gainza, and spoke about affordable housing and homelessness across the state.
To listen to this Gathering Peace (November 27) program, click HERE. #Homelessness #AffordableHousing #VT #BTV #AdvocacyandPolicy #StateBudgetFunding #Housing
Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition appeared on the December 5th episode of CCTV’s Housing & Communities Show, hosted by HUD Field Officer, Mike McNamara. Mahnke and McNamara discuss federal and state housing policy and advocacy, and the Vermont housing network of service providers, state agencies, and non-profits.
Future airtimes for the show:
Saturday, December 29, 5:00 PM
Monday, December 31, 3:00 PM
To watch online, click HERE
The Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on November 15, 2012, brought together over 400 housing professionals from across the state and region to discuss housing development, construction, financing, legislation, advocacy, policy, and more.
In case you missed it, video of the keynote address, delivered by Xavier de Souza Briggs and the conference plenary session, with welcome by Governor Peter Shumlin, is available on the CCTV website.
To watch video of Xavier de Souza Bri