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.
Dan Hoxworth, Executive Director of Capstone Community Action, recently wrote an opinion piece published in the Times Argus on how safe and secure housing is vital for one’s well-being: Throughout its 50 years, Capstone has been the organization where people turn to get their feet back under them when events knock them off their feet. The “housing first” philosophy that is now a best practice emphasizes that securing permanent housing is the first step in stabilizing an indiv
Immediate opening for management team position in support of Addison County Community Trust’s (ACCT’s) mission of providing affordable housing, specifically ownership opportunities. Desirable experience includes real estate management, customer service/relations and/or financial services involving a diverse and challenging residential population. Some personnel supervision preferable. Must be proficient in word processing and database/spreadsheet use. Excellent benefits;
Annual Homelessness Awareness Day & Memorial Vigil
Thursday, January 7th
8am – 4:30pm
State House, Montpelier Every year in January concerned citizens and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives and to renew their commitment to end homelessness in our state. Please join us this Thursday!
Plans for the day are shaping up. The day will kick off early at 8:00am in the Card Room. People wil
Voices for Vermont’s Children recently published a report titled “Difficult Choices: Housing for Vermont Families” that discusses how the housing crisis in Vermont affects children. The report highlights many findings such as the following: Housing is too expensive for many of Vermont’s working families. Vermont is consistently the least affordable state in the country when energy costs are measured as a % of household budgets. Family and child homelessness is a growing probl
On Monday State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced that NeighborWorks of Western Vermont will be receiving $1.75 million in capital funding for home rehabilitation loans and home purchasing assistance financing: State and local leaders today announced a major financial boost to improve housing stock in Rutland County. State Treasurer Beth Pearce was joined by Rutland Mayor Chris Louras and Ludy Biddle of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont in announcing the availability of $1.75 mi
Champlain Housing Trust has been selected as a finalist for the Renewal Awards, a project of Atlantic Media and Allstate, which recognize innovative solutions to the challenges communities face across the country. As part of the selection process, online voting will take place between today and November 2. Six $10,000 awardees will be announced at National Summit on Local Innovation in Des Moines, Iowa in January 2016. If CHT wins the award it will provide them with the oppor
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
Valley News reports that Twin Pines Housing Trust has received initial approval from USDA Rural Development to purchase the Pine Tree Lane apartments in West Lebanon, NH. Below is an excerpt from the article. The death last month of the owner of two subsidized housing complexes in West Lebanon will not prevent a nonprofit organization from purchasing the properties by the end of the year and maintaining them as affordable housing, federal officials say.
David Hodges Sr., 84,
Yesterday Woodstock, Vermont’s first affordable housing development officially opened. Safford Commons consists of 28 energy-efficient rental apartments at the site of the former Grange Hall and church. Valley News reported last week on how it took less than 10 days to fill every unit in the complex, which now has a waiting list with more than 40 names on it. Read more about Safford Commons and the ribbon cutting celebration below in this article from VPR: The first affordabl
South Burlington City Council has recently voted to approve the creation of a new housing trust fund. This fund will allow the city to work with developers such as the Champlain Housing Trust to create more permanently affordable housing for residents. Below is a report from My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22 with more information on the housing trust fund: In Housing Matters, it’s no secret the cost of living in Chittenden County is one of the steepest in the state. Paying r
On Friday Governor Shumlin joined VHFA and other state and community leaders to launch a new down payment assistance program for first time homebuyers. Through this program each qualified buyer will receive up to $5,000 for down payment and closing costs. VHFA will be able to provide first-time home buyers who use a VHFA mortgage with up to $5,000 that needs repayment only if the home is sold or refinanced. Below is a report from WAMC, which includes some words from VAHC coor
Kelley’s Field was constructed 36 years ago as a 24-unit, affordable senior housing community in the center of Hinesburg. When the owner announced that he was selling Kelley’s Field, Housing Vermont and Cathedral Square partnered to purchase the property and make needed capital improvements. On September 17 the two nonprofit organizations joined residents and funders to celebrate the renovations which are expected to be completed in November.
“As many of you know, this was a
Recent reports show that sales of mid to low-priced homes is up across the state of Vermont. Below is a VT Digger report on the subject: Home sales were up across Vermont in the first half of the year, and the state’s housing market continues to slowly pick up steam.
Overall, experts say that affordable homes are selling more quickly than luxury homes, and a tight, expensive rental market continues to make it hard for Vermonters to save for their first homes.
The Vermont Hous
The Burlington Free Press recently featured the story of a local single mother who became homeless after immigrating to the United States. Alicia Araje struggled to get connected with the resources essential to caring for herself and her young daughter. Alicia persevered and eventually found the programs and support she needed achieve stability and a new job, which then made it possible for her to rent an affordable apartment through Champlain Housing Trust. Written by staff
The Windham & Windsor Housing Trust will be holding an open house and celebration for the renovation of the historic Plantz House in Putney on Thursday, August 13th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. For more information about this project, view the article from The Commons below: Following nine months of construction and several years of effort, the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) will celebrate the renovation of the historic Planz House in Putney, located at 27 Old Depot Road, w
Yesterday residents of Farrington’s Mobile Home Park in Burlington announced that they had reached a deal to purchase the property from the Farrington family. The following report from Seven Days explains the agreement and what lies ahead: Residents of Burlington’s only mobile home park have signed a purchase agreement to buy the land on which their houses are parked.
When the Farrington’s Mobile Home Park went on the market for $5 million last November, its inhabitants worri
A recent article in the Shelburne News discusses the need for affordable housing in Shelburne and some of the progress that has been made toward a solution. Below is in excerpt of the article: Shelburne’s numbers are only slightly different. In 2010, there were 3,085 housing units in Shelburne. Of that, 2,225 were owner-occupied and 655 renter-occupied. Pierce pointed to Vermont Housing Data’s data profiles, which show that during 2009-2013, 31.5 percent of Shelburne’s owner-