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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on May 25, 2017 - 9:43am

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.

VHFA staff celebrated Sam at Sweetwater’s Restaurant on Tuesday, having him “cross the finish line”, serenading him with the “Sam Jam” band’s “My retirement” (to the tune of Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaretville”) and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, an ode by Dave Adams and many appreciations from Sarah Carpenter.  Sam remarked that he was most proud of the legacy he created in the highly effective multifamily staff that will continue on at VHFA.

Check out VHFA’s Facebook page for more photos and fun in Sam’s honor. 

Photo by Madison Noyes


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on May 15, 2017 - 10:49am

John Thompson addressed hundreds of data users at their annual conference Thursday while news broke of his abrupt resignation as director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Several experts pointed out the great challenges Thompson’s resignation creates. Meanwhile, Census officials and analysts strategized about how to most effectively use the Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) estimates to provide much-needed information about conditions facing the population. 

Since Vermont’s population is so small, ACS estimates for our communities are often based on a very small number of households. This makes assuming that their responses are the same as all households more risky, especially in smaller towns. For this reason, Vermont’s Housing Data Website provides indicators of data reliability along with every ACS data piece for each community and county statewide.

At last week’s conference, Census Bureau officials described ways that the ACS and 2020 Census data collection efforts are collaborating and investigating the supplemental use of administrative sources such as IRS income data to provide the most reliable information possible, given limited available Census Bureau funding. Other changes planned by the Bureau to data especially relevant to housing analyses include:

  • Altering the way information is collected about the year dwelling units are built
  • Revising the approach to counting student residents
  • Updating and improving Compass handbooks 
Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on May 5, 2017 - 3:09pm

The annual count of people living in Chittenden County who are homeless decreased by 12% from the previous year, according to the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. This continues a declining trend that has brought the number of people who are homeless in the county down 45% over the past four years. The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, which VHFA has partnered with since 2003, is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and government who support a vision of a safe, decent, affordable, stable home for every person and family in Chittenden County.

Maura Collins, VHFA’s Director of Policy & Administration, who attended the event where the data was released said, “Prioritizing people who most need assistance first, sharing information and resources, and working together has helped reduce homelessness in our community. That said, the shared goal of ending homelessness will only be achieved when there is adequate funding for affordable housing targeted towards people with very low incomes. The housing bond being discussed by the Vermont State Legislature is exactly the kind of investment that can continue this reduction so we can meet that goal of ending homelessness.”

Mayor Miro Weinberger also touted the bond, urging the legislature to pass the new investment to increase housing opportunities in the region.

Pictured: Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, Erin Ahearn, Community Health Centers of Burlington and Margaret Bozik, Champlain Housing Trust at the press event releasing the new data. 


Posted by: VHFA News on May 4, 2017 - 1:32pm

The Vermont Senate has passed a bill (S.100) to enact a $35 million housing bond to spur the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing across the State.  The bill is now in the House with just a few days to go until adjournment.  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.  

For these reasons, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is urging Vermonters to contact the Vermont Legislature's Sergeant at Arms (802-828-2228) or email House members today indicating the importance of passing the affordable housing bond before the Legislature adjourns.
For more information, please contact Erhard Mahnke, VAHC Coordinator,  at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.org or check out the following resources:


Posted by: Will White on May 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Need an affordable apartment or know someone who does?  There are vacancies in 23 different apartment complexes across the state, according to the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing. Find out more about particular units by visiting the vacancy profiles on line.

Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH)

Search results: Site specific rental units with vacancies, Statewide (23 properties)

Property Units Address City/town
Clarks Landing 9 25 Clarks Landing Groton
Crystal Lake Housing 15 117 High Street; 109 Water Street and 35 Main Street Barton
Darling Inn 28 76 Depot Street Lyndon
Derby Line Gardens 11 197 Main Street Derby Line
Gilman Senior Housing 10 29 & 31 Jefferson Avenue Concord
Governor Prouty Apartments 24 26, 28 & 54 Governor Drive Newport City
Governors Mansion Apartments 15 88 Second Street Newport City
Groton Community Housing 18 168 Powder Spring Road; 1334 Scott Highway; 1352 Scott Highway and 1579 Scott Highway Groton
Hilltop Family Housing 24 426 Summer St, 606 Summer St, 20 Cote Court, 390 Portland St St. Johnsbury
Lake Champlain Apartments 27 185 Pine Street and 243-247 Church Street Burlington
Lakebridge 21 343 Main Street, 48 Pleasant Street and 14, 26 & 50 Compass Drive Newport
Lakeview Housing 16 16 Governor Drive, 36 Field Avenue and 236 Highland Avenue Newport
Marigold Apartments 6 141 Church Street Lyndonville
Moose River Housing 28 159, 195, 231 & 261 Moose River Drive St. Johnsbury
Mountain View St. Jay Housing 48 105, 106, 178 & 196 Mountain View Drive St. Johnsbury
Newport Senior Housing 13 107 & 119 Main Street Newport
Parkview 12 143 Willey Street Newport City
Passumpsic View Apartments 25 394 Railroad Street St. Johnsbury
Rainbow Apartments 20 25 Church Street Orleans
Riverview Apartments 57 73 Westminster Street Bellows Falls
South Saint Paul Townhouses 15 355 Saint Paul Street Burlington
The Meadows 10 4568 VT Route 14 Irasburg
West River Valley - Assisted Living 28 461 Grafton Road Townshend