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.
VT State Legislature is currently considering a bill that would protect mobile home residents by requiring maintenance of roads and access points for emergency responders. The article below from the Waterbury Record provides more information on what this bill would do to address these safety concerns: 2011, flooding from Tropical Storm Irene destroyed more than 40 mobile homes in Whalley Park in Waterbury, flooded all 19 mobile homes at Patterson Park in Duxbury, and demolish
Join Senator Patrick Leahy, the Central Vermont Community Land Trust, and Housing Vermont to celebrate the beginning of construction on South Main Apartments in Waterbury. The groundbreaking celebration will take place Tuesday, August 12th at 11:00 am at the site of South Main Apartments (formerly Ladd Hall) on 36 State Drive in Waterbury.
South Main Apartments is a 27-unit affordable and energy efficient housing development that has received funding from the Vermont Housin
Last week the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development issued a report with a series of recommendations to improve the disaster resilience of mobile homes and parks. The report details many of the difficulties faced by mobile home park residents in the wake of Irene as well as ways to improve mobile home parks and protect them from future floods. More from the news release: Mobile homes are nearly twice as likely to be located in a flood hazard area as stick
Yesterday Vermont Public Radio had a story on the public housing being replaced in Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Housing Authority has announced plans for fifty-five new apartments to replace public housing damaged in tropical storm Irene.
But the project faces challenges because of changes in the federal government’s approach to public housing.
The new development, called Red Clover Commons, will only partially replace the eighty units at Melrose Terrace. The complex, whose r
VTDigger has an update on some of the ongoing Irene recovery efforts taking place at many of the state’s mobile home parks: It’s been two years since Irene, but in some of the mobile home parks that fell in its path, the tropical storm’s impression is still visible in the form of empty lots, outstanding loans and absent neighbors.
Irene damaged 17 of the state’s roughly 250 mobile home parks, flooding 218 homes and destroying 137, according to a University of Vermont study. W
By: Howard Weiss-Tisman, Reformer Staff, Brattleboro Reformer, September 1, 2012. Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer.
“BRATTLEBORO — The flood waters have receded, the decision has been made to move the residents out of Melrose Terrace and the process has begun to find a new location for the approximately 80 residents who now call the West Brattleboro public housing complex, “home.”
But the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is still trying to decide if it
By: Josh Hanford, Vermont Community Development Program, September 7, 2012
The Vermont Community Development Program is “…pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved Vermont’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan. CDBG-DR applications are now available through the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD). A total of $21.6 million in HUD CDBG-DR funding is availa
The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) will be hosting three Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) application workshops. The workshops are to assist organizations, communities, individuals, and businesses affected by last year’s floods with applying for the CDBG-DR funding. Below are the dates, location, and times:
CDBG-DR Application Workshops:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Brandon Town Hall
1 Conant Square (US Route 7)
Gilman Housing Trust
As you well know, in August, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc across the State. Particularly impacted were central and southern counties as torrential rains swelled streams and rivers, overflowing banks and devastating towns, villages, and outlying areas. Hundreds of homes were lost and economic centers were hit hard. Some northern areas, being upriver, were spared the worst. Gilman Housing Trust and our sister organizations around the state have
Re-posted from: Vermont Community Development Program – Josh Hanford, Director (email@example.com)
Dear Interested Parties;
As many of you know, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD) will receive $21,660,211 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. The official notice of this funding, the
VPR News interview with Jen Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing, & Community Development
A lot of Vermonters displaced by Irene are hoping their home will be bought out by the FEMA hazard mitigation program, which pays up to 75 percent of the home’s pre-storm fair market value.
Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, says the state is committed to helping homeowner
Tropical Storm Irene upended houses, personal property and lives in Vermont. The natural disaster, which destroyed more than 700 homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to state and local roads, also led to unprecedented legal questions.
Vermonters, in some cases, not only lost their belongings and homes, but also their land. Should towns redraw property boundaries in situations where a former dooryard has been reduced to river bed?
Non-profit group removes trailers damaged by Irene for free
Friday December 9, 2011
BRATTLEBORO — Three months ago the tropical storm that hit southern Vermont damaged homes and businesses, some beyond repair, and changed the lives of thousands of people.
For a group of seven former homeowners at Glen Park in West Brattleboro, all they have left is the few items they were able to salvage from the historic flood and a slab of cement where their trailer homes used to be.