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Posted by: admin on November 21, 2005 - 4:07am

BURLINGTON—Vermont Housing Finance Agency is pleased to announce its top mortgage loan originators for 2005: Kathy Rice, Connecticut River Savings Bank, Springfield, Windsor County; Helen Wachtel, Brattleboro Savings Bank, Brattleboro, and Cathy Eakins, Brattleboro, Chittenden Bank, Windham County (tie); Paul Walsh, Heritage Family Credit Union, Rutland, Rutland County; Donna Kennison, Community National Bank, Troy, Orleans County; Wanda French, Universal Mortgage Corporation, Barre, Orange County; John Romano, Factory Point Bank, Manchester, Bennington County; Michelle Shambo, Chittenden Bank, Middlebury, Addison County; Jeanne Boucher, New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, Chittenden County; Kerry Whalen, People's Trust Co., St. Albans, Franklin County; Wanda Allaire, Union Bank, Morrisville, Lamoille County; Susan Laferriere, Union Bank, St. Johnsbury, Caladonia County; and Lee Youngman, Community National Bank, Montpelier, Washington County. “We rely on loan originators at VHFA participating lenders to act as our mortgage sales force,” explained VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “We’re pleased to have originators like these on our team.” VHFA has 31 participating lending institutions around the state that help homebuyers qualify for VHFA mortgage loans. VHFA has several home mortgage loan programs, all of which have income and purchase-price limits. A list of participating lenders and information about VHFA’s programs and interest rates can be found on the Agency’s website: www.vhfa.org. VHFA was created 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 almost 25,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of nearly 7,000 affordable rental units.

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Posted by: admin on October 18, 2005 - 10:19am

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Multifamily Development Underwriter Liza Vedder Plantilla has joined the Affordable Housing Working Group of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes committee. LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the transformation of the mainstream home building industry towards more sustainable practices. The Initiative for Affordable Housing, funded by a grant from The Home Depot Foundation, is a component of LEED for Homes that addresses differences between affordable housing and marketrate housing. The working group serves as the committee’s primary resource for the implementation of the Initiative for Affordable Housing. The U.S. Green Building Council is a Washington, D.C.-based group of building professionals working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Plantilla analyzes prospective multifamily housing and single-family development loans being considered for VHFA financing. She’s responsible for underwriting of Housing Credit applications and assists VHFA’s Director of Development with the administration of the Housing Credit program. This spring, she joined the Board of Directors of the Vermont Green Building Network. The Burlington nonprofit organization strives to increase Vermont’s participation in green building and promotes environmental, financial, community and health benefits of green design, construction, and building operation practices. The Vermont Legislature established VHFA in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped almost 25,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 7,000 families into affordable rental units.

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Posted by: admin on October 3, 2005 - 11:10am

BURLINGTON, VT  The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) honored Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) with two awards during its 2005 Annual Awards for Program Excellence luncheon. VHFA’s Vermont Housing Data Web site (www.housingdata.org) was a winner in the “Management Innovation, Technological Innovation” category. The “Art House” children’s poster exhibit, created by Agency staff for the Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign (www.housingawareness.org), took the award in the “Communications, Innovative Media” category. “VHFA is proud to be recognized by its peers across the country as an innovator in promoting affordable housing through the Vermont Housing Data Web site and the ‘Art House’ poster project,” said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “These awards stand as testaments to the creativity, energy and dedication of the VHFA staff.” VHFA Communications Coordinator Craig Bailey and Policy and Planning Coordinator Maura Collins developed the Vermont Housing Data site along with William Sawyer and Cathleen Gent from the University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies in Burlington, with support and guidance from the state’s housing community. The site was developed entirely in-house and is the largest single source for Vermont-related market rate and affordable housing information. It features a searchable database of more than 120 pieces of data for every town, village, county and the state. The site contains approximately a quarter-million statistics including historical figures that stretch back decades. Vermont Housing Data is also home to the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH), a searchable database of all subsidized housing in the state, including bedroom size, tenant population, unit restrictions, funding source and vacancies. VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks coordinated the “Art House” exhibit under the auspices of the Housing Awareness Campaign, working with the state’s NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Centers, Chittenden Bank, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Very Special Arts, and other partners. Bailey provided production support. The project began last summer, when the Campaign held several events around the state asking children to paint representations of what home means to them. From dozens of entries, 25 works have been selected to tour the state as a testament to the significant role “home” plays in the lives of Vermont's children. The exhibit has shown in more than a dozen locations, including the Russell Senate Building in Washington, D.C. Carpenter accepted the awards Monday, Sept. 26, at NCSHA’s 35th Annual Conference held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. More than 1,100 housing professionals and affiliate members from across the country attended the event. NCSHA is a non-profit organization created more than 30 years ago by the nation’s state housing finance agencies to coordinate and leverage their federal advocacy efforts for affordable housing. The Council has more than 400 member organizations. The Vermont Legislature established VHFA in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped almost 25,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 7,000 families into affordable rental units.

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Posted by: admin on October 3, 2005 - 4:56am

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today the hiring of Leslie Black-Plumeau as Research Analyst. Black-Plumeau provides research support for administration of VHFA programs and development of new housing initiatives. She also designs reports to facilitate the exchange of housing data and research information among VHFA staff members, management, Board of Commissioners, and other housing organizations. Black-Plumeau was Research Analyst at VHFA from 1998 to 2001. In the two years prior to returning to the Agency, she owned and operated Black-Plumeau Consulting, a public policy research and analysis firm in South Burlington. During that time, she worked on a statewide housing needs assessment for the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs and other housing agencies, and conducted analyses related to the state’s welfare program. Before starting her consulting business, she worked for a year as Planning and Evaluation Chief for the Vermont Department for Prevention, Assistance, Transition and Health Access (PATH), now called the Department for Children and Families. Black-Plumeau is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. The Vermont Legislature established VHFA on April 11, 1974, to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped almost 25,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 7,000 families into affordable rental units.

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Posted by: admin on July 18, 2005 - 5:42am

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today the hiring of Tina Franzen of Essex Junction as Accounting Clerk. Franzen joined VHFA in March as an intern handling accounts payable in the Agency’s finance department. She previously worked at Harrington’s of Vermont in Richmond and the United States Postal Service in Essex Junction. Franzen is a graduate of Essex Junction Educational Center and is attending Community College of Vermont in Burlington. The Vermont Legislature established VHFA on April 11, 1974, to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped almost 25,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 7,000 families into affordable rental units.

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