USDA Honors Local Disability Rights Advocate Tyler Sweetin

Vermont disability advocate and Affordable Housing Coalition Steering Committee member Tyler Sweetin was honored by the USDA last week with their prestigious Gold Star Partner Award. We are very proud of Tyler, her accomplishments, and the contributions that she has made to affordable housing in our state.

Sweeten, a Barre resident, was honored by the USDA with their prestigious Gold Star Partner Award. Sweeten, who has firsthand experience living with a disability, works tirelessly to ensure that peers can maintain their homes and continue to live independently within their communities. She has worked at VCIL since April of 2014. Ted Brady, USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director, presented the award. He noted that USDA Rural Development has long given out Gold Star awards internally, but in recent years, staff members started nominating people outside the organization. Still, the awards are not handed out often. Brady noted that he has only seen two or three of them given out in the past three years.

Read the rest of the press release here.

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