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The Village Movement: Getting Started in Vermont

Join AARP, The University of Vermont's Center on Aging, and guest speaker Natalie Galucia MSA, Director of the Village to Village Network, in exploring the village concept. The Village Movement is the concept of developing nonprofit villages for those age 50 and older, in which they can age at home safely and as part of a community. 

RSVP required.  Read more and register.

Scholarships available for students in housing financed through Housing Vermont

The Housing Vermont Scholarship Fund will award up to $10,000 to residents of housing affiliated with Housing Vermont. Students are eligible for a renewable scholarship of up to $2,500 for tuition, books, childcare, transportation, or other expenses related to enrolling in a program.

Applications are due to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation by March 4. Read more from Housing Vermont

Temporary housing available for Vermonters at risk of homelessness during weekend's extreme cold

Vermonters at risk of homelessness should  call 2-1-1 to arrange for temporary housing during the extreme cold this weekend, Governor Peter Shumlin advised Friday.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security is issuing wind chill warnings for most of the state from 4 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday, with wind chill temperatures expected to plunge to between 25 and 40 below zero.

Home Buyer's Education Workshop

RuralEdge Homeownership Center is offering a class on the homebuying process, choosing the right home, mortgage types, closing costs, first-time homebuyer incentives and more. The class is sponsored by Passumpsic Savings Bank and Poulin Lumber. Learn more about how to sign up.

Housing & Conservation Day at the State House


Photo of VT State House, Montpelier by L. Black-Plumeau

This will be an opportunity for organizations to talk with state legislators about the importance of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board's balanced and sustainable investments in Vermont communities.

Business leaders consider housing challenges in Chittenden County

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlie Baker joined area business leaders this week to discuss the region's growing  jobs-housing imbalance. Although the number of people working in Chittenden County has grown to approximately 99,800, there are 11,300 fewer employees living here than in 2002. 

Check out Baker's presentation for more information.

Champlain Housing Trust receives Renewal Award for innovation

Yesterday Champlain Housing Trust's (CHT) Executive Director, Brenda Torpy, accepted the Renewal Award at a reception in Des Moines, Iowa. CHT's shared equity, permanently affordable homeownership program and five other innovative programs were selected during a nationwide search for cre­at­ive, grassroots solu­tions to the coun­try’s most press­ing so­cial and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges.

Recognizing the clear benefits of shared equity homeownership for low- and moderate-income Vermonters, VHFA has long supported the state's network of shared equity programs, including CHT's. 

2016 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting

The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development is conducting a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2016 HUD Consolidated Plan Action Plan. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizens' views about housing, homelessness, public facilities and services, and non-housing community development needs in the state, development of proposed grant activities, and to review past performance of programs included in the plan.

Federal HOME program saved through coalition-building and leadership

The recent federal budget agreement included the survival of a program that has become a vital funding source for affordable rental housing in Vermont--the HOME Investment Partnership Program.  When proposals arose earlier last year to deeply cut the program, the National Association of Housing Finance Agencies (NCSHA) HOME Coalition tirelessly and effectively gathered evidence of the program’s impact, documented its widespread support and educated federal policy makers.

Local elves help make annual mitten stuffing a huge success

A bus from The Edge Kids & Fitness after school program brought 25 young helpers to VHFA yesterday for the Agency’s annual mitten stuffing. Aliya  (pictured) and her fellow elves got right to work in VHFA’s board room, helping to stuff 175 sets of mittens, hats and gloves with candy. VHFA will deliver the bounty this afternoon to the Sara Holbrook Center and King Street Youth Center for distribution to local kids and teens in need. 

VHFA sends out a big thanks to all of the knitters and shoppers who donated such high quality outerwear for this wonderful holiday event!

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