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.
On May 19th, the Brattleboro Selectboard approved $27,000 for use over the next three years by the Apartments in Homes (AIH) program, an initiative of Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing (BAAH). The funds will be used to create nine new apartments in single family homes in Brattleboro by providing grants of up to $4,000 ($3,000 per unit from the Town and $1,000 from BAAH) to assist with the cost of constructing a separate living unit within their home.
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Nat Frothingham, editor of The Montpelier Bridge, recently wrote an editorial piece discussing the housing situation in Montpelier and what steps can be taken to help. Below is an excerpt: Is there ever general agreement on anything in Montpelier? Not often — because Montpelier is a state capital and a very political town.
That being the case, I was astonished after talking with four local housing experts to discover a general agreement about the housing situation in Montpeli
Over the weekend Vermont Public Radio spoke with our coordinator Erhard Mahnke to discuss the Out of Reach Report and the struggle to find affordable housing in Vermont: Andrea Craft is looking for a new place to live. But she’s not having much luck.
“Most of the time I don’t even really get the chance to apply for the apartment because people won’t respond to my attempts to contact them,” she says.
A few things about Craft. One: She’s a college student. Two: She’s a single m
Below is a report from Alicia Freese at Seven Days from the housing summit that took place this past Wednesday in Burlington. For a link to the full article, click here. People who arrived at the housing summit with concerns about unbridled development probably didn’t leave feeling any less worried.
The keynote speaker, Tom Angotti, a professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College, came bearing stories of gentrification and development gone awry in New York City.
Burlington, VT – In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent in Vermont, renters need to earn $20.68 per hour, or $43,017 a year. This is Vermont’s 2015 Housing Wage, revealed in a report released today. The report, Out of Reach 2015, was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.
The Housing Wage is the hourly wage a fam
Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-NH, brought together stakeholders, affordable housing advocates, and community members to discuss New Hampshire’s housing needs. Below is a report from WPTZ on the issue they are facing and what lies ahead: Representative Annie Kuster personally greeted Pine Tree Lane tenants at the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon on May 4.
Kuster wanted to discuss the lack of affordable housing in the Upper Valley, an issue highlighted she says
Yesterday, Governor Peter Shumlin presented Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to help keep the housing at Colchester’s Winchester Place affordable and updated. Below is a report from WCAX: The State of Vermont is investing in affordable housing for Colchester.
Gov. Peter Shumlin presented the Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont with a half-million dollar grant Monday morning. The Community Development Block G
Standing in the heart of a Colchester neighborhood, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a $500,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant to lock in the affordability of eighty homes and make them more energy efficient. The apartments are part of Winchester Place, a mixed-income development of 166 apartments owned in partnership by the Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont. The long term affordability of the homes will secured through the purchase of the land which has
The Vermont Housing Finance Agency recently awarded $2.89 milion in housing tax credits to several organizations across Vermont. From the VHFA website: On Monday, April 20, the VHFA Board of Commissioners committed $2.55 million in federal low-income housing tax credits and $432,500 in state housing tax credits to expand Vermont’s stock of affordable, energy-efficient housing. The tax credits will generate approximately $23.5 million in upfront equity for the construction an
The Addison County Independent reports on a possible new project by Addison County Community Trust that would bring seven new affordable rental homes to Vergennes. Below is an excerpt from the article: A Waltham affordable housing project that the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) has looked at for years now could become a reality.
The ACCT has applied to the Waltham Development Review board for a conditional use permit that would allow the trust to install seven modular
Chris Donnelly, Director of Community Relations for the Champlain Housing Trust and VAHC Steering Committee member, writes about how affordable housing helps strengthen our economy for the Burlington Free Press: Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Rob Naylor, president and co-founder of Naylor & Breen Builders, a Brandon-based construction company. He had come to the Vermont Statehouse to explain to lawmakers how important building affordable housing was to his busin
In recent years, the high cost of rent is putting a severe financial burden on many Vermonters. Homeownership rates are going down because many cannot afford to focus on saving to purchase a home while also paying for necessities such as rent, utilities, and in the case of many young adults, student loan debt. Given that homeownership brings many benefits to both consumers and communities, organizations like the Vermont Housing Finance Agency are working hard to ensure that w
Thanks to everyone who signed on to the New England Housing Network’s letter supporting the HOME Program. Our colleagues at HAC, the Housing Assistance Council, have initiated a similar national sign-on letter supporting HOME. To view and sign the letter click here: https://ruralhome.wufoo.com/forms/support-the-home-program/
Please join the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and hundreds of your colleagues around the country in signing this important letter urging Congres
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
Erhard Mahnke, Coordinator of VAHC hosts Jen Berger, independent artist, and Michelle Sayles, artist and our VISTA Resident Organizer in a conversation on Fair Housing Month, arts, and community engagement.
To watch the program, view the embedded link below or click here. You can also view the program on-air on Tuesday April 7, 14, and 21 at 4:30PM. #Housing #VAHC #VAHCTV
Recently VAHC Director Erhard Mahnke and Cindy Reid of Cathedral Square Corporation sat down with Host Kelly Stoddard Poor, Associate State Director for Outreach of AARP Vermont to discuss senior housing issues on AARP Live.
To view the program, see the embedded video below or click here. #CathedralSquare #Housing #VT
With over 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen today announced a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The Governor and Secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars to rehabilitate and increase the number affordable housing units in
On May 20th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm the Housing Assistance Council will be holding their second annual Serving Veterans in Rural America Conference at the US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC. Confirmed speakers include Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Roger J. Casey, Director of Education, Veterans Health Administration National Center on Homelessness; Ann Oliva, Director, HUD Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs; Keith Kelly, Assistant Secretary, US Department of L
Chris Donnelly, director of community relations for the Champlain Housing Trust and Vice Chair of the VAHC Steering Committee, wrote this piece for the Burlington Free Press on making affordable housing for the workforce a priority. Read more below or click here: Housing — and affordable housing in particular — seems to be on everyone’s mind. Perhaps that’s because of the increase of development activity we’re seeing in Burlington and surrounding towns, or perhaps the public
Hinesburg is one of several communities that was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Vermont Community Development Program. Read how Champlain Housing Trust, Housing Vermont, and Snyder Homes plan on using these funds to build 23 new affordable housing units in this article from the Burlington Free Press: Hinesburg recently was awarded a grant of $675,000 under the Vermont Community Development Program, for the purpose of helping to fund affordable h