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Posted by: VHFA on April 2, 2008 - 8:15am

April 11 marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In recognition of Fair Housing Month, celebrated each April, the Vermont Human Rights Commission and the Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) are planning a number of events around the state.

In the Chittenden County area, tune in to cable Channel 17 tonight at 5:25 for a program dedicated to fair housing. Host Mike McNamara, Field Office Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Vermont, welcomes Robert Appel of the Vermont Human Rights Commission and Bekah Mandell of CVOEO's Fair Housing Project.

For the entire month, the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington is hosting a fair housing poster exhibit in its mezzanine.

For other Fair Housing Month activities — including a schedule of brown bag lunches being held around the state every Tuesday this month — visit the CVOEO Fair Housing Project on the Web or contact them at 802.864.3334 x202

Posted by: VHFA on April 1, 2008 - 1:11pm

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This Thursday, the Central Vermont Community Land Trust presents the second workshop in its series "Create Affordable Housing in Your Community."

This week's free workshop will be held April 3 at the Bradford Town Hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The event is for homeowners and renters; employers and business leaders; and municipal staff, selectboard members and regional planners. Free food will be provided, as well as childcare, transportation and other reasonable accommodations, upon request.

Delegates from this meeting, and other meetings in the series held around the central Vermont area, will be elected to attend a community summit May 17 at National Life in Montpelier.

If you plan to attend, please register online. For more information, call 802.476.4493 x200.

This series is sponsored by: NeighborWorks® America and TD BankNorth, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Central Vermont Economic Development Corp., Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign, National Life Group Charitable Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank and Vermont Mutual Insurance Co.

Posted by: VHFA on March 31, 2008 - 1:20pm

Is Vermont in the midst of a "housing crisis?" At last check, about two out of three people responding to a poll on The Burlington Free Press Web site say, "Yes."

What's your opinion? Take the poll.

Posted by: VHFA on March 31, 2008 - 10:49am

cots 25th anniversary logoThe Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Burlington non-profit organization provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless; and also advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness.

COTS started in 1982 with the Waystation project: an overnight shelter to help homeless through the cold winter. The organization's founders planned to run the program only until spring, but steady demand for services, combined with cuts in federal spending on housing and rental assistance, led them to continue and expand their mission.

Today, COTS operates a number of programs and shelters, serving several hundred Vermonters a year.

Dudley Davis, Cindy Hoehl, and George Little were honored as community donors at a 25th anniversary dinner held last week. View photos from the event.

Read more about COTS's history: "The Story of COTS: 25 Years of Courage, Compassion & Community."

Posted by: VHFA on March 31, 2008 - 10:13am

Last week's release of "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" continues to generate housing-related stories in the Vermont media. Here are some of the recent stories that have appeared around the state: