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 New England Housing Network Federal Forum will take place on Friday, December 16 from 9:30am to 12pm at the Federal Reserve bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue. Breakfast and Registration begin at 9am.
What will the next Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country? At this forum, we’ll hear from national experts about what they predict will happen, and we’ll hear reactions from New England speakers about what the impact will
Please joing Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square at the McKnight Lane Celebration on Wednesday, October 19th at 1pm. Help to celebrate their progress in transforming a “blighted mobile home park into Vermont’s first net-zero energy, affordable rental housing community!”
The event will being with Rep. Peter Welch showcasing the new neighborhood. Senators Leahy and Sanders have both been invited as well. Please RSVP by October 5th by calling (902) 877-2626 ext.
It has come to our attention that the links to the videos of candidates’ remarks as well as the meeting as a whole were not circulated with the RSS feed. The links are included below. Annual Meeting Candidates’ Remarks #Housing
On September 20, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Coalition to End Homelessness hosted their joint annual meeting at the Old Labor Hall in Barre, VT. We were lucky to have both major gubernatorial candidates Sue Minter and Phil Scott in attendance to offer their remarks on the state of affordable housing in Vermont and what they would do to address Vermont’s housing crisis and help end homelessness if they are elected Governor.
The candidates were asked to di
The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness held their annual joint meeting on September 20, 2016 at the Old Labor Hall in Barre, VT. The Coalitions were honored to have both gubernatorial candidates on hand to offer their own remarks about the state of Affordable Housing in Vermont and their respective plans to ameliorate the problems facing homelessness and affordable housing in our state. Congressional staff were also in attendanc
In an Op-Ed on VTDigger.org, Sen. Patrick Leahy makes the forceful argument that housing should not be a political bargaining chip, but in fact, a basic human right: Last week President Obama’s chief housing officer, Secretary Julián Castro of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, accepted my invitation to visit Vermont. In his first visit to the Green Mountain State since he took office in 2014, he remarked how surprised he was “to see so much green.”
In fact our
From the Burlington Free Press: Vermont domestic violence shelters are facing an inability to meet demand for their services, causing more people to rely on hotels and motels that cost the state and taxpayers a higher amount: Domestic violence is forcing more Vermonters to seek emergency housing at the state’s expense, turning hotels and motels into a major piece of the statewide safety net for victims.
The number jumped last year by 10 percent, far surpassing capacity at she
The conference will be held at the Hilton Burlington and will begin on Monday, November 14 at 12:30 pm and feature two thought-provoking sessions on the outcomes of both creative housing partnerships and creating funding. Since making new connections and renewing existing ones are critical to putting ideas into practice, there will also be networking breaks and a late afternoon reception overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain.
Tuesday, November 15, will provide a full day of l
Check out this preview of our forthcoming interview with James Gero, a resident of 189 Pine St., Burlington VT. Stay tuned for more from Voices of Home! PREVIEW – James Gero – 189 Pine St., Burlington VT #Housing
In case you missed it, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition recently launched a new storytelling project entitled Voices of Home. Please visit http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/voices/ to listen to our latest resident interview! Also, be sure to subscribe to our blog feed using the form in the right sidebar to stay updated on future interviews and content! Empower those living in affordable housing to be leaders, through listening to and sharing resident stories, Break d
Joint Meeting of Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition &
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness,
Annual VAHC Meeting &
Monthly VCEH Meeting Dear Coalition Members and Friends,
The VAHC’s annual joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), our own Annual Meeting, and the VCEH’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 9:30 – 2:30 at a location TBD, probably in Randolph or Central Vermont.
The agenda is still being finalized, but we hav
Host Ted Wimpey talks with Corinne Yonce, VISTA Resident Organizer, about the Voices of Home project. To watch the program, view the embedded link below or click here. You can also view the program on-air on Tuesday August 16 and 23 at 4pm on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV. #Housing #VAHCTV
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the Brattleboro Housing Authority was one of three Vermont housing authorities to receive grants through the HUD Family Self-Sufficiency Program. These grants allow residents to receive assistance in achieving goals that lead to self-sufficiency. Below is an excerpt from the article: A federal program is aiming to make a difference by propelling people towards a better future.
The Brattleboro Housing Authority was one of three housing aut
The tenant-led non-profit Westgate Housing in Brattleboro recently approved creating a new partnership with the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. Below is an article from The Commons with more on this story: At their annual meeting, residents of the Westgate housing community unanimously approved creating a new partnership with the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust.
The new partnership will be between the tenant-led nonprofit Westgate Housing Inc. (WHI) that owns and manages the
Please join the VAHC in submitting comments to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB).
The UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center, recognizing the significant need that exists in our communities for mental health services, alleviating addiction, and more affordable housing, have proposed to use a portion of its excess revenue to invest in programs that improve the health and well-being of low-income Vermonters. They propose doing this by making strategic investm
Brownfield clean-up and re-development in Richmond and Montpelier, and energy efficient affordable housing in Bennington and Hardwick, are among the eight projects receiving more than $2.9 million in grants from the Vermont Community Development Program announced today.
“From Waitsfield to Wheelock, communities across Vermont will use these grants to build affordable housing, clean-up contaminated sites for re-development, expand services to their residents, restore historic
Yesterday, VPR featured commentary from John Vogel on housing legislation: In 2014, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development hired Bowen National Research to conduct a statewide housing needs assessment. The study concluded that Vermont has a significant housing shortage, especially for families and seniors who make less than $20,000 per year.
By my calculation, at the current rate at which we’re building affordable housing, we’ll need at least 125 years to
Check out “A Home For All,’ a great short video on the importance of affordable housing in the Upper Valley made by our friends at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission! ‘A Home for All’ is the first of many videos that TRORC hopes to publish for the community to help reach a wider audience on TRORC’s work. With increased housing costs, and a limited housing stock, the workforce population has found it progressively more difficult to buy homes. The need for afforda
VT Digger reports on the opening of the Beacon Apartments, which consists of 19 studio and one-bedroom apartments in the now renovated former Ho Hum Motel in South Burlington, will provide permanent housing and supportive services to chronically homeless individuals. The project is made possible through the work of the Champlain Housing Trust, the Burlington Housing Authority and the Community Health Centers of Burlington. Below is an excerpt from the article: Many of the peo
Slate.com recently published an article on how Senator Bernie Sanders supported the creation of the Burlington Community Land Trust (now known as Champlain Housing Trust) during his time as mayor of Burlington, which helped to improve housing affordability in the area. Below is an excerpt: Bob Robbins bought his home in 1995 amid a bout of long-term unemployment. Living with his wife and two kids in a rundown rental in Burlington, Vermont, he wanted to stabilize the family’s