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Posted by: admin on December 4, 2002 - 8:12am

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today the hiring of Pat LaFond of Georgia as Homeownership Specialist. LaFond serves as one of the agency's primary contact persons with its lending partners for funding loans, resolving policy and procedural issues, and supporting outreach efforts. She also assists with the maintenance and development of homeownership policies and procedures. LaFond has more than 14 years of financial services experience. Before joining VHFA, she spent a decade with Chittenden Bank in Burlington, most recently as Senior Collector in the credit collections department. Before that she worked for Peoples Trust Co. in St. Albans and Georgia. VHFA was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has helped more than 24,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 6,000 families into affordable rental units. 

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Posted by: admin on November 22, 2002 - 3:15am

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today the promotion of Kathy Curley of Burlington to the newly created position of Tax Credit Compliance Specialist. Curley has been Administrative Assistant at the agency since November 2000. In her new position she handles compliance monitoring of multifamily projects using the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, such as review of annual status reports and owner certifications, on-site physical inspections and tenant file audits, management of findings with owners and managers; and communication with the IRS. She's also responsible for maintaining tax credit project information in the Agency’s core software application database. VHFA was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has helped more than 23,000 households with affordable mortgages and 4,900 families into affordable rental units.

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Posted by: admin on November 8, 2002 - 8:36am

BURLINGTON, VT ― More than 215 housing units will be created or preserved in four Vermont municipalities with the help of $1.6 million in federal and state Housing Tax Credits awarded by Vermont Housing Finance Agency on Thursday. "These tax credits are one way VHFA is helping get much-needed affordable housing built in Vermont," according to Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. "Tax credits have been a very useful tool in our efforts to reduce our state's severe housing crunch. These units will help, but there's still plenty of work to be done." VHFA is responsible for allocating Housing Tax Credits. Projects receiving federal tax credits this round are: Waterfront Housing, Burlington; Highgate Redevelopment, Barre; Stowe Community Housing, Stowe; and Manchester Commons, Manchester. Stowe Housing and Highgate Redevelopment also received state Housing Tax Credits. Housing Tax Credits have helped produce nearly all of Vermont's recently-developed affordable rental housing. Developers have used Housing Tax Credits to create or preserve more than 4,900 apartments. Many of these were constructed or rennovated to serve households earning less than $28,080, which is 60 percent of Vermont's median income. Congress created the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to encourage the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing for low-income households. Tax credits reduce federal tax liability for owners of qualifying rental housing if they agree to conform to certain operating restrictions. Vermont receives $2 million annually in federal Housing Tax Credits, which are awarded in three rounds. Information about the next round will be posted at the VHFA website: www.vhfa.org. VHFA was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has provided financing to approximately 23,000 households and almost 4,900 affordable apartments. 

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Posted by: admin on October 10, 2002 - 3:34am

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency has won an Award for Program Excellence from the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), a trade organization for housing finance agencies, for one of its most innovative and successful homeownership programs. VHFA received the honor in the Homeownership category for its "Housing Choice Homeownership Initiative." The Initiative helps Vermonters use federal Housing Choice Vouchers  formerly known as Section 8 vouchers  to purchase homes. The vouchers are more commonly used to secure affordable rental housing. "VHFA and our partners have been enormously successful in using Housing Choice Vouchers to stimulate homeownership. In fact, we lead the nation," says VHFA Director of Homeownership Programs Pat Crady. "About one in six of these types of loans nationwide are closed in Vermont." Since the program's inception in December 1999 through June 30, 2002, 56 Vermont households have used the program to purchase first homes; two-thirds of those properties were financed by VHFA. The award was presented Sept. 30 at the NCSHA's Annual Conference & Tradeshow in New Orleans, La., which was attended by more than 1,000 affordable housing industry professionals. Judges selected 17 winners in 15 categories from 148 entries from across the country. “These programs demonstrate the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit that define the work of state HFAs, and the outstanding job they do of delivering affordable housing,” said NCSHA President Robert Strickland. VHFA was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has helped more than 23,000 households with affordable mortgages and 4,900 families into affordable rental units. 

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Posted by: admin on September 17, 2002 - 4:59am

BURLINGTON, VT  Sam Falzone, VHFA Director of Multifamily Programs, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Vermont Association of Housing Managers. He received the award during the first Tri-State Housing Managers Conference at the Grand Hotel in North Conway, N.H., on Sept. 11. Falzone has been involved with the Association for two decades, and has often served on the Conference/Education Committee. He helped plan the tri-state event, where more than 230 housing manager association members from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont gathered to share ideas, techniques and program approaches that each state has developed over the years. Falzone has been with VHFA for 23 years. VHFA was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has helped more than 23,000 households with affordable mortgages and 4,900 families into affordable rental units. 

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