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.
As Vermont’s State of Emergency expires and the state reopens, evictions resume and the emergency housing program narrows eligibility. Vermont has hit a milestone in the fight against COVID-19, becoming the first state to vaccinate 80 percent of its eligible population. Governor Phil Scott will let the state of emergency Vermont has been under since March 13, 2020 expire later today, June 15, ending all state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions. While there is much to celebrate, t
Below please find information from Senator Leahy’s Office on the latest federal COVID-19 relief package. As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy was absolutely pivotal in negotiating what is substantial and comprehensive financial relief for folks who are on the front lines of dealing with the impacts of the pandemic, including VAHC and VCEH members. Please take a moment to thank Senator Leahy and his staff for their crucial work on behalf of al
Several units in Rivermere, an affordable housing complex in Lebanon, were devastated by flash flooding over the past week. Upper Valley Strong, a committee which formed in response to Tropical Storm Irene, joined other community volunteers to help clean out units in the Twin Pines Housing Trust property. 14 of the property’s 21 units have been cleared for occupancy for Rivermere residents, while the remaining seven are still uninhabitable.
Link to Valley News Article, “Some
The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) awarded $950,000 to fund the redevelopment of the Vermont State Office Complex’s Ladd Hall into affordable housing. The announcement was made last Friday, February 15, by U.S Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Peter Shumlin. Funding for the project comes from the over $20 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds that the ACCD received through HUD following Tropical Storm Irene. CDBG gra
Reposted from January 3rd, 2013 Press Release. Contact: Susan Allen, 802-279-8493.
On January 3, 2013, Governor Peter Shumlin issued a press release detailing upcoming changes to his administration, specifically the reestablishment of the Department of Economic Development. Furthermore, former state Representative Lucy Leriche has been named Deputy Sercretary of Commerce and Community Development. Leriche’s leadership experience as well as her background in housing developme
By: Susan Allen, Press Release, October 8, 2012
“BARRE – Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the allocation of $1.786 million in tax credits through the Downtown Program to support nearly $26 million in building improvements in downtowns and village centers across the state. This year, in addition to traditional credits which spur building investment and revitalization in Vermont’s community centers, $500,000 in flood credits were allocated to help repair and rehabilitate build
By: Susan Allen, Office of the Governor and Ron Rupp, VHCB, Press Release, October 1, 2012
“MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced today that the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will receive a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund Healthy Homes Vermont. The new program will add to existing rehabilitation programs, providing assistance to correct building issues that contribute
Reposted from: Noelle MacKay, DEHCD, September 26, 2012
As many of you know, we at DEHCD are working on re-evaluating and re-assessing our suite of designation programs. We are picking up where we left off before TSI hit and in the process of meeting one-on-one and in groups as well as developing a survey. SO…
I need your assistance in collecting feedback on our designation programs. I would appreciate you taking time to post the request below to your list
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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?