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Sam Falzone retires after 38 years at VHFA

Amidst songs, odes, laughs and tears, VHFA staff celebrated the many achievements and enduring friendships of Sam Falzone.  Sam is retiring this week, after a distinguished 38 years at VHFA directing the agency’s rental housing programs. 

Sam’s commitment to preserving and monitoring Vermont’s stock of affordable rental housing benefited thousands of low-income renters across the state.  More than 8,600 much-needed affordable apartments financed through the housing tax credits and direct loans provided by VHFA are monitored by Sam’s department.

Children's Literacy Foundation has opportunities for rental housing and other service providers

The At-Risk Children grant is open to social service providers, community centers, afterschool programs, refugee services organizations, shelters, low income housing programs, Head Start programs, early childhood education programs, and a wide range other groups throughout Vermont and New Hampshire that serve low-income or at-risk infants and children up to age 12 (or a portion of that age range).

The application deadline is May 15, 2017 for programming that will take place in the Fall of 2017.

$35 million bond would have long-lasting benefits

Housing developers, business leaders, smart growth policy experts and poverty advocates joined together to support the passage of a $35 million housing bond this afternoon at a press conference at Vermont’s State House in Montpelier. 

Recommended in Governor Scott's budget proposal, the housing bond would address a significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, help to alleviate homelessness, house the workforce, and provide expanded homeownership opportunities for Vermonters.

April is Fair Housing Month!

Please join VHFA and other housing leaders in celebrating April as Fair Housing Month! To honor the importance of Fair Housing activities in Vermont, all are welcome to the State House on Tuesday, April 4th where there will be information in the Card Room all day as well as fair housing experts on hand to answer questions or discuss recent initiatives. At 10 am there will be a reading of a Concurrent Resolution endorsing April as Fair Housing month.

We have a winner!

Many thanks to the dozens of people who participated in our Valentine's Day Photo Contest!

All of your submissions were thoughtful and a happy reminder of what it means to have a home. After much thought and consideration, the winner was eventually narrowed down to Jess Marshall.  Check back in May for our Spring/Summer Photo Contest (there will be plenty more to follow!). 

 

 

 

 

Business community input on permitting and regulation in Vermont needed

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is seeking input from the business community about their experiences with permitting and environmental regulation in Vermont.  Please share your insights at one of the "listening tour" meetings the Agency is holding over the next two weeks at locations around the state. 

Best Practices in Supportive Housing Training Feb. 14

As a part of the ongoing Roadmap to End Homelessness work that VHFA has partially funded through a partnership with the Agency of Human Services, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and many others, national experts on Supportive Housing will be in Vermont next week to provide a training on best practices.

Housing developers, managers, and advocates are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about the most successful ways of creating affordable housing with necessary supportive services to increase households’ success in living independently after homelessness.

Film “The Hungry Heart” featured at VT Resident Services Coordinators March meeting

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Bess O’Brien, a nationally celebrated, VT based documentary film maker will present her award winning film The Hungry Heart   The 93-minute film is a thoughtful and revealing look at prescription drug addiction shot right here in Vermont.  The event is coordinated by Vermont Resident Services Coordinators (VRSC) and sponsored by VHFA and Vermont Housing Managers Association.  Please R.S.V.P.

NPR interviews Secretary Castro about transition to new HUD leadership

HUD Secretary Julian Castro described his hopes for the transition to new leadership during an interview with NPR yesterday. 

A congressional confirmation hearing, scheduled for Thursday, will provide an opportunity for nominee Ben Carson to share his goals for U.S. housing policy. 

VHFA helps spread warmth to area children and teens

With the outdoor temperature near zero, VHFA’s Steve Gronlund headed out this afternoon to deliver candy-stuffed gloves, mittens and hats for at least 100 kids to the King Street Center. The Edlund Company partnered with VHFA this year to collect gear donations from staff and friends.

The mitten drive is a much-loved annual tradition that is part of VHFA’s year-long schedule of charitable activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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