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.
MyChamplainValley.com recently reported on a new, affordable senior housing complex in Milton that is set to begin construction later this year, spearheaded by Cathedral Square Corporation. To read more about it view the article and video footage below or here at their website: When discussing who fits the mold for affordable housing in the region, senior citizens are not often at the top of the list.
Lyman Fox began using affordable housing in 2013. He went on disability in
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Wednesday announced $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont. The announcement marks the first round of 2015 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America.
Leahy said: “Vermont’s NeighborWorks affiliates are on the front lines of creating jobs and stabilizing our communities by investing in afforda
“Committee Abandons Homeless Shelter Plan for St. Johnsbury” (View original article published February 6th in the Valley News here) A St. Johnsbury committee has abandoned plans to establish an overnight warming shelter for homeless people this winter in the northeastern Vermont community.
Sue Cherry of the St. Johnsbury-based Community Restorative Justice Center says they’re going to wait until next year.
She says there was no way to get a shelter up and running before the m
VT Digger reports on how demand for emergency housing this winter has increased, particularly amongst families with children, and how this affects the state’s budget for temporary shelter: A cold winter and greater demand for emergency housing services, especially among families, are straining the state’s safety net housing budget, an official told lawmakers Friday.
The state provides up to 28 days of temporary housing to individuals and families who are homeless if someone i
This week The Atlantic did a feature on the rural housing crisis, bringing attention to the fact that safe and affordable housing is not just an urban problem. Below is an excerpt from the article, which discusses the many ways this affects Americans and what is being to help in places across the country, including Vermont: Conversations about affordable housing are often dominated with the question of how to get lower-income residents in expensive cities—like New York, Los
WCAX recently featured the SASH program as part of its coverage. Below is an excerpt from the article: Nancy Baker and Rebecca Sleeman live at Cathedral Square in South Burlington. Sleeman has lung problems, but she’s able to breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a program called SASH.
“Feeling of security, maybe we can stay in our homes longer and still be watched and have a place to live,” Sleeman said.
SASH stands for Support and Services at Home. It’s a program aimed to redu
In preparation for the VHCC Legislative Day on February 12th, Champlain Housing Trust will be hosting a public forum and advocacy workshop, “The Housing Gap and Policy Answers”. This event will take place at Champlain Housing Trust (88 King Street, Burlington) on February 3rd from 5:30pm to 7:45pm. A light supper and drinks will also be provided. In addition CHT will be providing rides to the Legislative Day event on the 12th from Burlington that leave at 7:00am and return by
The opinion piece below was written by Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Development and Chair of the Vermont Housing Council. As too many Vermonters struggle to make ends meet, affordability has rightly taken its place at the center of public debate. Often missing from the discussion, however, has been the cost of housing. If we are to succeed in closing the affordability gap, housing must be central to the conversation.
The shortage of affordable
The Vermont Housing Finance Agency has released their FY 2014 Annual Report. The report contains detailed statistical information on who, where and how the VHFA has helped achieve homeownership and more. To view and download the report click here (PDF file). #Housing #VHFA #VT
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Thursday, February 12th
State House, Montpelier PLEASE SET ASIDE FEBRUARY 12th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board funding for your organization and the communities it serves.
Amid ongoing State budget challenges, Governor Shumlin continues to show strong support for VHCB. He has proposed $16.
The planning process for the 2015 HUD Consolidated Plan is currently underway. If you have not already completed the online survey please do so, as it will help those involved learn more about needs and interests in the areas of economic, housing and community development. The survey can be found here and is available through March 13th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HUD_Con_Plan2015.
Below is the proposed schedule for the planning process, which includes two public hearing
A recent report from WCAX indicates that the use of motel vouchers for the ‘cold weather exception’ program are on the rise. Below is an excerpt from the article: Last year the Department for Children and Families spent just over a million dollars providing vouchers for the ‘cold weather exception’ program and applications for help are up.
DCF points to stats from the start of the winter season last year when nearly 3,100 adults and 550 kids used vouchers.
That’s up from abou
The current issue of Seven Days discusses several innovative ways that Vermont is leading the way in energy-efficiency at home. One of the projects featured is the Manufactured Housing Innovation Project which focuses on the development of new manufactured homes made by Vermod High Performance Homes. Below is an excerpt from the article: The term “mobile home” is a serious misnomer. That they are homes is certain: Figures from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportuni
LeadingAge recently featured Vermont’s SASH program in an article titled Affordable Senior Housing Plus Services Program Slows Growth in Medicare Costs. The article highlights early findings from a 3-year study conducted by the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and RTI International, which can be found here. Below is an excerpt from the article citing findings from a first-year evaluation: The SASH evaluation is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Plannin
Central Vermont Community Land Trust is seeking help in relocating residents who are currently housed in units in Barre and Montpelier that will be undergoing construction in 2015. Details are included in the news release below. For further information contact Liz Genge, Director of Property Management, at
(802) 477-1333 or email@example.com. The Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) is seeking the help of local landlords to relocate residents who will be displaced dur
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that four Vermont organizations received a total of $250,000 in Rural Development Housing Preservation Grants to help rural families repair and rehabilitate their homes. Southwestern Vermont Community Action Program, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Northeast Employment and Training Organization, and Rural Edge each received a grant.
“Lower-income rural families often have difficulty just meeting t
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is preparing a new five-year Consolidated Plan for 2015-2020 as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Vermont’s Consolidated Plan guides the investment of more than $10 million that is received annually for three grant programs:
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
This money typically leverages at least ano
Today Vermont Public Radio highlighted the Housing First program and Pathways VT, which provides these services in Vermont. Below is an excerpt from their coverage, which discusses how the program helps to permanently house the chronically homeless while saving a great deal of money in the end: “We have a long history in this country of trying to support people to get better in order to get housing,” Melton explained. “It’s a kind of staircase analogy of moving from streets i
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 VT’s Greenest Building Awards Competition. Hosted by the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), this statewide competition recognizes exemplary residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated energy performance. The Awards: Vermont’s Greenest Building: The lowest demonstrated energy use intensity in Vermont! (both non-residential and residential) Vermont’s Greener Building: Projects demonstra
Cathedral Square’s Wright House, a new senior housing development in Shelburne, was recently featured in the November/December issue of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. Read what they had to say about this unique development that helps seniors age in place below: Meeting the Need
A new seniors housing development in Shelburne, Vt., is providing residents with a healthy environment and a wealth of social services to help them age in place. Cathedral Square Corp.’s Wright H