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Posted by: VHFA on May 19, 2008 - 8:26am

homeshare vermont logoHomeShare Vermont Inc. was named a 2008 Older Americans Month Program Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging.

The award highlights programs that demonstrate the principles of the Administration's efforts to modernize community-based long-term care and provide greater assurance that older people will maintain their independence longer.

HomeShare Vermont assists elders and persons with disabilities to live independently in their own homes by bringing them together with people seeking affordable housing and caregiving opportunities. The organization provides matching services for anyone in Chittenden County.

Learn more at the HomeShare Vermont Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on May 15, 2008 - 8:29am

nersc award presentationNew England Resident Service Coordinators (NERSC) President Lynn Lippitt (left) presented VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter (right) an award for VHFA's 10 years of support of NERSC.

She made the presentation at NERSC's 10th anniversary conference held at the North Conway Grand Hotel in North Conway, N.H., May 6-9.

VHFA Director of Multifamily Programs Sam Falzone serves on the NERSC Board of Directors.

The next annual NERSC conference comes to the Hilton on Burlington's waterfront April 29-May 1, 2009.

Learn more about resident service coordinators, the role they play in housing, and the history of NERSC at the NERSC Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on May 14, 2008 - 8:53am

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Each email contains a link to unsubscribe from the feed at any time.

For those of you less inclined to explore the intricacies of subscribing to RSS feeds the "old fashioned" way — using a feed aggregator — this might be a simple and relatively hands-free alternative to be sure you don't miss a single post.

Posted by: VHFA on May 14, 2008 - 8:19am

bishca logoThe Vermont Banking Division of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration is now offering Vermonters free, confidential mortgage assistance on its new toll-free number: (888) 568-4547.

The number, part of the new Mortgage Assistance Program, is intended to help Vermonters facing foreclosure explore refinancing and counseling options.

The program is part of Gov. Jim Douglas's economic stimulus package, which he announced last month.

Learn more about the program and the assistance it offers at the Mortgage Assistance Program Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on May 13, 2008 - 1:59pm

tom pelletierGov. Jim Douglas has appointed Thomas N. Pelletier of Montpelier to the VHFA Board of Commissioners.

"Tom's been a highly-respected member of Vermont's lending community for a decade," says Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. "We're all looking forward to the energy and fresh perspective he'll bring to our Board."

He's been President and Chief Executive Officer of Northfield Savings Bank in Northfield since 1998, and fills the vacancy created by the departure of Paul Beaulieu, former Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Factory Point National Bank.

For more details on Tom's background, read our press release (1.2 MB; PDF).