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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:

Posted by: VHFA on March 27, 2008 - 8:43am

2008 conference logoThis past Monday, the conference planning committee finalized workshop topics for the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference:

  • Successful models of supportive housing
  • Video and discussion on poverty in Vermont
  • Fundraising for providers
  • Planning for housing variety and diversity
  • Green preservation
  • Cottage development
  • Planning and zoning basics
  • Density
  • Ten most important land-use policies
  • Housing 101 (Pts I & II)
  • State housing policy
  • Federal housing policy
  • Costs of housing development
  • Market analysis
  • Building local support for housing
  • Responsible borrowing and lending
  • Consumers' concerns

The day-long conference takes place Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center.

We plan to update the conference Web site soon, opening the doors for online registration.

Posted by: VHFA on March 26, 2008 - 8:57am

sen. vince illuzziHere're links to a number of news stories regarding yesterday's release of "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont":

Posted by: VHFA on March 25, 2008 - 3:11pm

This morning we announced the publication of "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" at an 11:30 press conference held at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

Here are some photos we shot at the event.

We'll be posting a full press release regarding the publication soon.


molly dugan, erhard mahnke & sarah carpenter

molly & vince