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Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announces retirement from VHFA

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) announced today that later this year Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director, will be retiring, after twenty years at the agency’s helm. “As a result of Sarah’s vision and skill thousands of Vermonters have moved into decent, affordable homes since she arrived at VHFA in 1998,” said Randy Amis, chair of VHFA’s Board of Commissioners. “She has expertly led VHFA’s financial activities and programs, built strong partnerships and shared her deep expertise with state and federal policy makers. Vermont is a better place to live thanks to Sarah’s impact.”  

VHFA’s Mia Watson wins Marshall E. Dimock Award

In recognition of her scholarly and professional achievements, VHFA’s Research and Communications Coordinator Mia Watson received the Marshall E. Dimock Award as a graduate of UVM’s Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program. 

The award was presented by MPA program director Christopher Koliba during UVM’s graduation festivities in May 2018.

First-time home buyer testifies about importance of Vermont Down Payment Assistance Program

Yesterday, Ryan Rush-Booth, a Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) borrower who lives in Stamford, VT, testified at the State House in support of doubling VHFA’s Down Payment Assistance program funding. Rush-Booth works in IT at Southwestern VT Medical Center. When they first moved to Vermont six years ago, Ryan, his wife, and their two young children moved in with family because they could not find affordable housing.

Chittenden County leads state in jobs to homes imbalance

Chittenden County has the biggest imbalance between its share of VT jobs and homes, according to recent VHFA analysis. Although 33% of the state's jobs are in Chittenden County, the state is home to only 28% of the state’s workers and only 25% of the state’s homes. This is likely caused in part by workers living in Franklin County, where the share of homes outnumbers the share of jobs, who commute to Chittenden County for work.

Washington County also has an imbalance similar to Chittenden’s, but on a much smaller scale.

Sarah Woodward joins VHFA as Development Underwriter

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced that Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has hired Sarah Woodward of Barre for the position of Development Underwriter. Woodward comes to VHFA from Aeon in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she worked as a site manager and compliance technician for affordable housing developments. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Vermont who previously worked for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on mobile home parks and other housing issues.  

Zach Nelson joins VHFA as Homeownership Business Development Coordinator

BURLINGTON-Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced that Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has hired Zach Nelson of Burlington’s North End for the position of Business Development Coordinator-Homeownership.  Nelson comes to VHFA from the Burlington Free Press where he was an Account Executive.  “Zach’s background in developing marketing campaigns and digital marketing solutions will be valuable in marketing for the  Agency’s  mortgage products”, Carpenter remarked. In addition, Nelson will work with the Manager of Business Development to increase support to VHFA’s lending partners a

Mia Watson joins VHFA as Research and Communications Coordinator

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced that Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has hired Mia Watson of Essex Junction for the position of Research and Communications Coordinator.  Watson comes to VHFA from University of Vermont where she worked in the Administrative Business Center while completing a Masters of Public Administration.

“We are excited to have Mia back at VHFA after her graduate internship in our Research Department last year,” Carpenter remarked.

VHFA's David Adams to retire, Maura Collins named Deputy Director

VHFA announced today that David Adams, Chief of Program Operations, will be retiring from the agency on November 17, 2017.  Concurrently, Maura Collins will be promoted to the position of Deputy Director. “Dave has expertly led our programs through the turbulent economic and mortgage industry changes of the past two decades,” VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter explained. “His dedication to VHFA’s mission and unmatched mortgage banking experience have led to many ground-breaking improvements in how our programs operate.”

Lisa Clark named Assistant Director of Finance at Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Lisa Clark headshot

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Lisa Clark has been promoted to Assistant Director of Finance at VHFA. She began her career at the Agency in 1997. “Lisa has been a long-term, dedicated member of VHFA’s Finance Department for 20 years and we are excited about expanding her responsibilities for the Agency’s bond and investment functions,” said Tom Connors, VHFA’s Chief Financial Officer.

VHFA is hiring!

VHFA has three immediate job openings: Development Underwriter, Business Development Coordinator and Research and Communications Coordinator. 

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