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.
Source: NLIHC, Memo to Members, 6/24/11, vol. 16, issue 25
We know there has been some confusion in Vermont over HUD’s Ex-Offender Re-Entry rules. HUD recently cleared up a lot of the misinformation that has been floating around. Please read the following article from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) on HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s letter to Public Housing Agency (PHA) directors.
“On June 17, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan sent a letter to public housing age
The public comment section is live on the AHS Website for those looking to provide feedback on the Governor’s Housing for the Homeless Summit. People can write comments from the Summit by going to the AHS Website and clicking on the section for the Housing the Homeless Summit. Follow this link to the page: http://humanservices.vermont.gov/housing-the-homeless-summit. #Homelessness #Housing #VT
Source: WCAX.com, 6/28/11, by Gina Bullard
“Cheryl Grey says she feels like she’s been homeless forever.
“Now I have no food, no rent money, nothing,” she said.
She’s been out on the streets begging for months, holding a sign that says she’s one month pregnant. She went to panhandle at the intersection of Interstate 189 and Shelburne Road Tuesday after hearing it was a good spot to make extra cash.
“They said there’s lots of traffic and they stop right there so you ha
Contact VERMONT 2-1-1, a program of United Ways of Vermont (simply dial 2-1-1), for more information including FEMA assistance in other counties in the state.
Folks affected by flooding have less than 60 DAYS to apply for FEMA Assistance in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Three ways to apply:
1) CALL- 1-800-621-3362
2) ONLINE- www.fema.gov
3) IN PERSON-
–> Mallets Bay Fire Department, Church Road, Colchester;
–> 10 Precision Lane, Swanton; and
When: Tuesday July 12 from 3 – 4:30 Where: McClure Multigenerational Center, 241 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT Rachel Batterson, Vermont Legal Aid RSVP by July 7! Call Sara Zeno @ VLA @ 863-7151 Learn about housing discrimination law! Mingle with your nonprofit housing compatriots! Get your questions answered! Get your answers questioned! Fun! Fun! Fun! for all! #Housing #VT
Source: Cathedral Square Corporation
Enterprise Community Partner, a national leader in affordable housing and development capital, has selected Cathedral Square Corporation as one of four host communities for an Enterprise Rose Fellow. Enterprise has awarded Cathedral Square a $144,000, three year grant to fund fellowship work on a range of CSC design and development projects focused on excellence in senior housing. The Fellowship also offers an opportunity to focus on p
Source: Memo from Barbara Sard at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/24/11 Barbara Sard’s testimony Barbara’s blog SESA draft bill CBPP Comparison of SESA, December 1, 2010 version of SEVRA, and current law. We held an audioconference on June 20 about the SESA draft and related advocacy issues. If you’d like a copy of the recording of the audioconference, contact Shaunya Owens at email@example.com.
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Learn the latest on NHTF funding prospects and regulations
Join the National Low Income Housing Coalition on Thursday, June 30 at 3pm ET for a special NLIHC webinar on the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley will explain the options and prospects for NHTF funding, outline the development of HUD regulations, and highlight steps that advocates can take to make a positive impact on the NHTF.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Source: WCAX.com, June 21, 2011, The VT Deputy Secretary of Human Services, Patrick Flood was on the :30 on WCAX to talk about the Governor’s Summit on Housing for the Homeless and Homelessness in VT in general. “The goal of the summit at the Statehouse was to try to better coordinate services and get homeless people into permanent affordable housing. But with a tight state budget and limited resources, solving the homeless problem in Vermont could prove to be difficul
Source: WCAX.com, June 21, 2011,
The VT Deputy Secretary of Human Services, Patrick Flood was on the :30 on WCAX to talk about the Governor’s Summit on Housing for the Homeless and Homelessness in VT in general.
“The goal of the summit at the Statehouse was to try to better coordinate services and get homeless people into permanent affordable housing. But with a tight state budget and limited resources, solving the homeless problem in Vermont could prove to be diffi
The Vermont Housing Finance Agency currently has two job openings: 1. Loan Servicing Assistant Vermont Housing Finance Agency, located in Burlington, Vt., has an immediate opening for a part-time Loan Servicing Assistant. This is a 1-year temporary position with benefits. This position will provide administrative and data entry support to the Agency’s REO/Foreclosure function of our Homeownership Department. 2. Homeownership Outreach Coordinator Vermont Housing Finance Age
Source: WCAX.com, 6/20/11
“Janice Sabett’s family is digging in for their first summer at their new home in the Summerfield Neighborhood on Hinesburg Road.
They moved here from Colorado and Sabett says the neighborhood developments are what attracted them to South Burlington.
Sabett explained, “Our kids more prefer a neighborhood where they can meet friends and be near the U-mall, school and sporting events.”
But Sabett’s neighbors down the road remember when all of thi
Source: Burlington FreePress, 6/21/11, by Elliot deBruyn
“SHELBURNE — Five-thousand dollars wouldn’t usually make a big splash in a multi-million-dollar housing project’s finance pool, but Chris Donnelly sees it as integral to the program.
Donnelly is the director of community relations for the Champlain Housing Trust, which just received that amount from the SCHIP Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne.
“It’s so helpful for us, especially as other sources have started to
Source: Burlington FreePress, 6/15/11, by Joel Banner Baird “Federal aid is en route to individuals, businesses and municipalities in seven Vermont counties affected by recent flooding, bringing an influx of federal dollars to help repair “tens of millions” of dollars in damage, Gov. Peter Shumlin says. The big surprise was approval of outright grants to individuals of up to $30,200 for building repairs, lost possessions and emergency spending — as well as low interest l
Source: Burlington FreePress, 6/15/11, by Joel Banner Baird
“Federal aid is en route to individuals, businesses and municipalities in seven Vermont counties affected by recent flooding, bringing an influx of federal dollars to help repair “tens of millions” of dollars in damage, Gov. Peter Shumlin says.
The big surprise was approval of outright grants to individuals of up to $30,200 for building repairs, lost possessions and emergency spending — as well as low interest
Source: The Burlington FreePress, 6/16/11
“Three weeks after it opened to house people affected by floods, the shelter in the Barre Auditorium is closing.
The Red Cross said the closing the shelter at 5 p.m. today.
Four shelters opened after a storm on May 26 dropped as much as 5 inches of rain in several central Vermont communities including Barre, Berlin and Montpelier. The Barre shelter.
The Red Cross had helped about 170 people at the shelters Washington County th
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has just released their 2nd edition of “Tenant Talk” – a newsletter for residents of public housing, assisted tenants, and low income renters and their allies. This issue has a fresh new look, thoughts from residents who attended the NLIHC Housing Policy Conference and lots of valuable information that will help readers take action.
To view the current edition: click here
The NLIHC hopes you find TenantTalk useful and will d
What: Please join Addison County Community Trust, Housing Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders and HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields at the Vergennes Senior Housing Groundbreaking.
When: Monday, June 27th at 9:30
Where: Armory Lane, Vergennes
More Information: See Flyer & Please rsvp to Dot at 802-863-8424 or firstname.lastname@example.org. #Housing #VT
Source: Cathedral Square, Champlain Housing Trust, and Housing Vermont – Press Release, 6/13/11.
“Burlington, VT – Senator Patrick Leahy (D‐VT) joined with affordable housing developers and local, state and federal officials today to celebrate the construction of new affordable homes for families and seniors in Burlington’s New North End.
“An affordable housing accomplishment like this doesn’t happen by accident, and I’m so proud to have been part of the superb team that is