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Affordable Housing Convention Beds Down in Queen City

By Kyle Midura, WCAX Reposted from WCAX.com, September 11, 2012

“Affordable housing advocates say their job is getting tougher as they tackle higher demand with less resources. This week, Burlington plays host to a large national conference, as attendees from across the U.S. and the world look to learn from the Queen City’s example. National spokespeople call Burlington, and Vermont in general, a model for affordable housing efforts. But, city leaders say there’s still a lot of work left. August First owner Jodi Whalen scrawled the word “grateful” into the concrete outside her Burlington bakery. Whalen says it’s a reminder of all that she’s thankful for, including the initial grant that allowed her to become a homeowner years ago. “We had great credit, but we just couldn’t afford a house in the Burlington market,” she said, “and the housing trust came to the rescue and helped us out.” She bought a new home on her own two years later. Now, she champions affordable housing issues, and is one of about 300 attending the National Community Land Trust Network conference in Burlington this week…” Link to Full Article  Link to Video PDF of Full Article

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