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
Cathedral Square was recently named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Vermont. This statewide award is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.
Companies across Vermont were evaluated based on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, demographics and feedback from employees. The combined scores determined the top companies and final rankings.
“This recognition means a
As part of the Plan BTV South End artist grant initiative, our Resident Organizer (and artist) Michelle Sayles and artist Jen Berger collaborated with South End residents to create the ‘Amplifying Voices’ mural project. Read more about the project and art opening below: Please join us for the Art Opening and Reception on Thursday April 16, from 6-8 pm, at Arts Riot, 400 Pine St. Burlington, VT. See the mural, meet the residents and find out more about the process and the sto
Vermont will be among the first states in the country to pilot a program designed to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-eligible (3SquaresVT) participants find new jobs and develop new skills for the workforce, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday. The State of Vermont community partners across Vermont are being awarded $9 million in competitive federal grants to fund the pilot program and evaluate the results, so the best approaches can later be tried i
This week, VT Digger reported more on the strain that this year’s winter weather has put on the emergency housing budget. Read the article below or click here to view on their website: In February, temperatures dropped to minus 19 degrees at the Burlington International Airport, breaking a record that stood since 1914.
Vermont set more troubling records this winter as well — the most consecutive nights where a cold weather exemption gave homeless people in the state access to
Join Home Share Now and HomeShare Vermont on Wednesday, March 25 from 8:30-2:00 in the Card Room at the Vermont State House where staff, volunteers, board of directors, and participants will be celebrating home sharing in Vermont. #VT
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
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
Yesterday VPR spoke with Paul Dragon, director of the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity, to discuss some of the challenges that arise for those who face homelessness in a rural state like Vermont. Barriers such as limited transportation options, low housing availability, and extremely cold winters add extra challenges for the homeless and those who are working to help them. Read some of the information he provided below and for the full report, including audio, click her
On Wednesday, March 25th the Vermont Resident Service Coordinators will be hosting a training titled “Engaging Residents in Conflict Resolution” with Stephan LaTulippe & Christalee McSweeney from Williston Community Justice Center at the Royalton Academy Building in South Royalton, VT. Below is a description of the training (to view the flyer, click here): Working with residents in affordable housing can be challenging if the issues involve bullying or harassment of a residen
On Thursday, April 9, 2015. Vermont Housing Managers Association (VHMA), Granite State Managers Association (GSMA) and New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA) are co-sponsoring a one day training. The training is 504 Coordinator Training with Debbie Piltch. This training will examine Federal requirements to provide persons with disabilities reasonable accommodation throughout the occupancy cycle. It will shed light on the confusion regarding what a ho
A Driver’s Restoration Day event co-organized by Governor Shumlin and Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan will take place on March 20th at the Costello Courthouse (32 Cherry Street) in Burlington between 8am and 4:30pm. This is an opportunity for low-income Vermonters in the 5 pilot counties with civil fines to get caught up and get their driving privileges reinstated for just $20/ticket. The hope is that delinquent Vermonters whose licenses are suspended can use
Caitrin Maloney, executive director of the Stowe Land Trust, wrote this great opinion piece published in the Stowe Reporter on the importance of conservation and the work of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. While there are many mentions that are specific to Stowe, these types of conservation efforts are highly valuable statewide. Support and funding of both housing AND conservation are crucial to the future of the state of Vermont: On Thursday, Feb. 12, I joined folk
Shelburnewood Mobile Home Park in Shelburne recently received a Vermod High Performance Home to serve as a model for one year before being sold to an income eligible buyer. The Vermod homes utilize high quality construction and the latest advances in energy efficient technology to provide households with units that will remain cost stable, unlike most traditional mobile homes. The article below from the Shelburne News gives more information on the project: The Shelburne News
The organizers of the 100,000 Homes Campaign recently updated the community on some of the progress they have made since the registry event, which took place in October. Below are some of the current statistics as of February 2015. To read the entire progress report, click here. Last October, dozens of volunteers wearing bright green shirts surveyed homeless people in Burlington. They were participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign — a national effort to identify and house t
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
As the winter months grind to a close, the region’s largest community development organization is taking advantage of the lingering cold to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness.
RuralEdge kicked off their annual “Rural Reality Campaign” this week, which is designed to both raise the issue of, and give people the opportunity to experience first-hand, the challenges faced by rural homeless.
The subject is one that usually flies under the radar in the Northeast Kingdom,
RuralEdge has an immediate need for an Accounting Specialist. This entry-level opportunity with room for growth is a new permanent position. The Accounting Specialist will be responsible for performing many day-to-day accounting functions using Intacct, a cloud-based accounting software. The successful candidate will be reporting to the CFO.
Primary responsibilities are: Monthly, quarterly, annual account reconciliations, maintain prepaid schedules, audit file compilations,
“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