Last Wednesday, the Vermont Congressional Delegation announced over $1.4 million in new grants towards supporting access to affordable housing. These funds will be awarded by Neighborworks America, and come after the federal appropriations bill that was passed on May 4.
In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: “Vermont, like the rest of the country, faces an extreme shortage of affordable housing. These investments will help Vermont’s NeighborWorks affiliates invest where our communities need it most, in homes for seniors, working parents, and first time homebuyers looking to realize the American Dream. We have traveled throughout the state and heard for years the significant impact that our NeighborWorks partners have on families. These funds ensure that NeighborWorks has the tools it needs to continue helping hardworking Vermonters, and we pledge to work to protect these funds for the next fiscal year.”
Downstreet Housing and Community Development in Barre got $ 237,000. Champlain Housing Trust’s share was $495,333, while $179,667 went to RuralEdge in Lyndonville and Windham & Windsor Housing Trust got $295,667. The joint statement also notes that the Trump administration’s proposed budget for 2018 eliminates these funds.