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 Digger reports on the opening of the Beacon Apartments, which consists of 19 studio and one-bedroom apartments in the now renovated former Ho Hum Motel in South Burlington, will provide permanent housing and supportive services to chronically homeless individuals. The project is made possible through the work of the Champlain Housing Trust, the Burlington Housing Authority and the Community Health Centers of Burlington. Below is an excerpt from the article: Many of the peo
To view the summaries of key VT Agency of Human Services housing programs such as emergency shelter & services, supportive housing, weatherization and homelessness prevention over FY 2015, click here. #AHS #VT
Slate.com recently published an article on how Senator Bernie Sanders supported the creation of the Burlington Community Land Trust (now known as Champlain Housing Trust) during his time as mayor of Burlington, which helped to improve housing affordability in the area. Below is an excerpt: Bob Robbins bought his home in 1995 amid a bout of long-term unemployment. Living with his wife and two kids in a rundown rental in Burlington, Vermont, he wanted to stabilize the family’s
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 on Thursday, January 7th for theAnnual Homelessness Memorial Vigil and Awareness Day. #Events #Homelessness #VT
The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Human Services and other local groups, opened a 40-bed Winter Warming Shelter on Nov. 3 in downtown Burlington.
The winter-only emergency shelter will operate 6 p.m.-7 a.m., seven nights a week, through March 31, 2016, as a more effective and less costly alternative to the previous system of motel vouchers.
“This shelter will be an ongoing resource each winter to ensure there is a safe, war
Twin Pines Housing Trust recently purchased the former Pine Tree Lane and Beechwood Lane apartments — now known as the Village at Crafts Hill — with a $6.8 million loan from the USDA Rural Development program, preserving 88 rent-subsidized units in the Upper Valley. Below is an excerpt from a WCAX report on the story: Tenants of a low income housing complex in West Lebanon were running out of time and options. They were at risk of losing their homes, but now their worries are
Homeowners at Farrington’s Mobile Home Park are, starting today, managing
their community as a cooperative, taking a bold step toward securing their financial futures and improving their neighborhood.
The 117 lot community was put on the market for $5 million when its owner, Sandra Farrington, died last year. Given this high price tag and the community’s prime location on North Avenue, park residents worried that a developer would purchase the property and force them from t
A federal district court judge dismissed a class action lawsuit brought by low-income parents with disabilities late Monday afternoon. Judge Willliam K. Sessions, III found that a new law reducing public assistance to families with disabled parents receiving Supplemental Security Income is constitutional and violated no federal law. The ruling means that affected families receiving Reach Up benefits will face monthly reductions up to $125 starting as soon as December 1st. Ver
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
The “Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant Inclusive Vermont” now has an email based newsfeed! If you haven’t done so already you can sign up here to receive the newsletter, which is sent out to subscribers only one time daily if any new items have been posted that day.
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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
WCAX recently reported on the new Peter Coe Village Apartments, which are now open in Middlebury: The rule goes: if you’re looking for an affordable apartment to rent in Middlebury, look elsewhere.
“We have a very low vacancy rate in Middlebury and in Addison County as a whole. Close to zero percent,” said Elise Shanbacker, Addison County Community Trust.
Now, there are a few openings thanks to 21 new apartments built on North Pleasant Street, replacing an old motel that the
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
Downstreet Housing & Community Development is making progress on a new development in Barre that will contain 27 units of affordable housing. The ground floor of the Downstreet Apartments will contain an office that will be the new home for the organization upon completion in late Spring of 2016. For more information on this view the Times Argus report here and the Downstreet website here. #HousingCreationandPreservation #VT
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
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