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.
The Development Review Board in Brattleboro approved Groundworks Collaborative‘s application for the use of a new location for an emergency overnight shelter, which is set to open this November. Below is an excerpt of an article from The Commons with further details on this project and what lies ahead: Despite the warmth of this summer, the staff of Groundworks Collaborative have the cold days of winter on their minds.
In November, the organization, which serves the area’s ho
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
Low-income Vermonters with disabilities are fighting back against state mandated reductions to their household Reach Up benefits. Vermont Legal Aid filed a class action lawsuit in federal court today on behalf of affected Vermonters alleging that a new law is unconstitutional and discriminates against households with family members with a disabling condition.
The new law counts $125 of adult Supplemental Security Income (SSI) income against a household’s temporary cash assis
VT Digger discusses the progress being made on the plan to end family and child homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The plan, which was announced earlier in the year by Governor Shumlin, is also part of a national goal established by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: Vermont is rolling out an initiative to eliminate child and family homelessness by 2020.
The Vermont State Housing Authority is in the final stages of approving a new policy that would give fami
VT Digger reports on current efforts being made to open a winter warming shelter in St. Johnsbury. Below is an excerpt from the article: A local steering committee hopes to open a winter warming shelter in St. Johnsbury to house up to 10 homeless people in time for the next cold season.
Organizers are looking for support to host the facility in part of the Northeast Kingdom Youth Services building on Bagley Street and would like to have it open by October.
The state spent mor
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-
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.
Established in 2003 by
The nation’s top rural housing official joined U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy Tuesday to announce the availability of United States Department of Agriculture mortgages for Vermonters who want to purchase a Vermont-made, energy-efficient modular home. The mortgage is the first of its kind for residents of mobile home parks, where home buyers face high interest rates and short loan terms.
“Often, the most accessible affordable housing option for a rural family is a manufactured home,
The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) — part of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) — announced today that more than $4.6 million in federal and state funding was awarded to 40 non-profits across Vermont through the Housing & Opportunity Grant Program.
These funds will be used to: Provide emergency shelter and services; Operate transitional housing; Rapidly re-house homeless families and individuals into permanent housing; and Prevent individuals and fa
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
On Wednesday, Governor Shumlin signed a new bill that includes a down payment assistance program through the Vermont Housing Finance Agency for first-time home buyers. This bill was one of the VAHC’s legislative priorities, an effort that was successful at a time when the state faced many fiscal challenges. Below is VHFA’s press release on the event: Governor Shumlin signed legislation today that will help Vermonters buying their first home through VHFA by providing up to $5,
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
Before a crowd of roughly 100 people gathered in the Brooks House atrium on Friday morning, Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center publicly announced that they are merging to form a single organization under a new name: Groundworks Collaborative.
The Boards of Directors formally agreed to the merger at a joint board meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The organization will be fully functional under the new name as of the start of the new fiscal year on July 1,
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
This week. VPR spoke with several affordable housing advocates about Governor Shumlin’s new proposed plans for cutting the state’s budget and how they may cause damage to the affordable housing sector, including VAHC coordinator Erhard Mahnke: “The way this has been presented by the administration is that this is a cut that will really only affect middle-income people, and they have other places they can go to get energy efficiency funds to make improvement to their homes,” s
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