Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition VT Affordable Housing Coalition is the only statewide organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing, particularly the state's low and moderate-income residents, elders, and people with disabilities.

The Affordable Housing Coalition is Vermont's only statewide membership organization dedicated solely to ensuring that all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing. The Coalition's 70-plus members represent Vermont's non-profit affordable housing development and advocacy community. Together, VAHC's members provide housing and services to tens of thousands of Vermonters.

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11/03/2020
www.vtaffordablehousing.org

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is hiring!

VAHC is seeking a Resident Organizer with a thorough understanding of Vermont’s affordable housing landscape to take lead role in establishing statewide, resident-led grassroots policy advocacy initiative.

By increasing support for resident advocacy, VAHC hopes to carve out much needed space for low-income residents with lived experiences of housing insecurity in the state legislative process. The Resident Organizer will take a lead role in carrying out this project, in close collaboration with the VAHC Resident Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA, along with other staff, Steering Committee members, and Coalition partners around the state. This is a one-year contracted, grant-funded position with the potential for renewal and expansion in the second year. The position is part-time (~30 hours/week). Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of community organizing experience required. Compensation and hours are negotiable, but will be no less than $20/hr. Anticipated December start date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are interested in this position and possess the necessary qualifications, please send a cover letter and resume to:
[email protected]. Read the full job description below!

http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Resident-Organizer-Job-Description-20-21.pdf

Yesterday, VAHC attended the groundbreaking of Anew Place, the city of Burlington's only low-barrier shelter, which just...
10/27/2020
ANEW Place finds a new home at Champlain Inn - VTDigger

Yesterday, VAHC attended the groundbreaking of Anew Place, the city of Burlington's only low-barrier shelter, which just secured a new permanent location at the former Champlain Inn. Burlington has long lacked a year-round low-barrier shelter, and the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for a shelter that can accomodate folks who may not be able to meet restrictions of other shelter environments and have nowhere else to turn.

Many VAHC partners helped make the shelter opening possible in an extremely tight time frame. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board provided $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to help Anew Place purchase the motel. VAHC Board Chair Cindy Reid of Cathedral Square lent her expertise to help Anew Place finance the project.

We're glad that come December, Anew Place will keep folks experiencing homelessness out of the cold and provide a year-round, stable environment. We also know that Anew Place is a first-stop: the only long-term solution to homelessness is housing. As this article points out, a major reason is simply the lack of affordable housing in the area. To prevent chronic homelessness and truly make Vermont a livable state for all, we need to tackle our affordable housing crisis.

https://vtdigger.org/2020/10/26/anew-place-finds-a-new-home-at-champlain-inn/?utm_source=VTDigger+Subscribers+and+Donors&utm_campaign=e9a97a7a30-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_10_27_02_52&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc3c5486db-e9a97a7a30-405534797

Thanks to a $2.5 million grant of federal coronavirus relief funds, ANEW Place has purchased the Champlain Inn on Shelburne Road, finalizing its plan to become the city’s first year-round, low-barrier homeless shelter.

Share your housing story with Lamoille Housing Partnership!
10/21/2020

Share your housing story with Lamoille Housing Partnership!

Affordable, safe, and decent housing leads to improved quality of life, increased health, access to quality food and education, and supports economically and socially vibrant communities.

In Week 3 of Housing Awareness Month, we highlight the facts that illustrate the broadly successful, measurable outcomes that are created when housing is affordable. Underscoring the facts are stories from our own residents and supporters.

We encourage you to reflect on and share your own housing story: How has home shaped your life? Have you ever been without a home? What types of opportunities did you have or not have because of your home?

Raise awareness about affordable housing within your network and community: share your housing story on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and tag @lamoillehousing.

#houselamoille #affordablehousing #houseourcommunities

Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winner and distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism ...
10/16/2020
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Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winner and distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, joined National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel on October 6 for a conversation on racial equity and housing justice during and after COVID-19.

A recording of the conversation is available for viewing for free, but only until October 21! Don't miss this conversation—called "required watching for anyone doing housing work." https://bit.ly/34CrmDU

A Live Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates and NLIHC October 6, 2020 / 1:00PM-2:00PM ET **This event will be recorded and available for viewing for 15 days after the live event.** **This event will …

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10/16/2020
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Week 2 - In Their Shoes Challenge: Housing is unaffordable for many because wages and income are continuously outpaced by high housing costs. In fact, the gap grows wider every year according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (⛓ below.)

Check out MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, an analysis tool that determines “the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs while also maintaining self-sufficiency.”

What are your initial thoughts or takeaways, does any of the data surprise you?

⛓: https://www.cbpp.org/blog/2019-income-rent-gap-underscores-need-for-rental-assistance-census-data-show

⛓: https://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/50015

ATTENTION VERMONTERS: Vermont was allocated a large amount of CARES Act funding and some of it is still available to hel...
10/13/2020
VTLawHelp.org | Legal help and info from Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid

ATTENTION VERMONTERS: Vermont was allocated a large amount of CARES Act funding and some of it is still available to help low-income and financially vulnerable Vermonters through these trying times. The state does not want people to be struggling to pay bills. Vermonters who might benefit from this assistance, even those who don't usually receive public help, are urged to apply.

Thanks to Vermont Legal Aid for providing the following summary of programs that can help Vermonters stay in their housing, find new housing, and pay the bills. Contact Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-889-2047 or go to http://vtlawhelp.org for more information and help in navigating these programs.

Read more on VAHC's website: http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/2020/10/09/financial-assistance-available-for-vermonters-apply-now-and-spread-the-word/

How has COVID-19 affected you? Public Assets Institute partnering with the Center for Research on Vermont at UVM to cond...
10/09/2020
Working Vermonters Survey

How has COVID-19 affected you? Public Assets Institute partnering with the Center for Research on Vermont at UVM to conduct a survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of Vermonters. They want to hear from everyday Vermonters about the challenges and opportunities of living and working in Vermont in 2020. The survey takes five minutes and is open until Sunday, October 11, so take it soon!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnnSBqgXv_TpMPBNxXoDErBLuRX2cU73CsGId-0VULNTOfRQ/viewform

The purpose of this survey is to collect the stories of everyday Vermonters living and working in Vermont. What have been the impacts of COVID-19 on your daily life?? This is a collaborative project between the Public Assets Institute and the Center for Research on Vermont. The information here is c...

Despite the challenges of construction during COVID-19, these new affordable housing projects in VT are breaking ground ...
10/08/2020
New Housing Projects Open Up Across the State - Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Despite the challenges of construction during COVID-19, these new affordable housing projects in VT are breaking ground & opening up in Fall 2020. VAHC congratulates our partners on their work for these apartments, which will provide much-needed high-quality affordable housing in Vergennes, St. Albans, Bellows Falls, Lyndon, and Shaftsbury. As we celebrate these accomplishments, we're reminded of the critical shortage of affordable housing statewide. Join us in continuing to advocate for more funding and support for affordable housing—it's never been more essential!

http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/2020/10/07/new-housing-projects-open-up-across-the-state/

Despite the challenges of construction during COVID-19, these new affordable housing projects in VT are breaking ground & opening up in Fall 2020. VAHC congratulates our partners on their work for these apartments, which will provide much-needed high-quality affordable housing in Vergennes, St. Alba...

Chittenden County has a critical shortage of housing, particularly housing that is affordable to those earning below the...
10/05/2020

Chittenden County has a critical shortage of housing, particularly housing that is affordable to those earning below the Area Median Income, and it's not on track to meet its goals for creating more.

The "Building Homes Together" campaign was started in 2016 to encourage the production of more housing. Its annual report shows that market-rate housing production has been steady for the past four years, but Chittenden County has repeatedly failed to meet the campaign's target for new permanently affordable homes, leaving a gap for those who are already struggling to make ends meet and those who have been impacted by the economic hardships of the coronavirus crisis.

While Chittenden County saw 449 new affordable units come online since 2016, that's far below the target to meet the goal of 700 by 2021. Moreover, the funds raised Housing for All Revenue Bond, which helped the county meet its annual goal for the first time in 2019, have already been spent, leaving nonprofit housing developers without the option of this critical funding source as they confront the challenge of raising capital and constructing during the COVID crisis.

Champlain Housing Trust, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and Evernorth are jointly calling for local, state and federal policymakers to fund affordable housing and make housing a priority in responding to the economic, racial and health injustices of our current time.

See these graphics from the annual report from the "Building Homes Together" campaign to learn more.

Join our member Lamoille Housing Partnership for a monthlong awareness campaign on housing issues.
10/02/2020
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Join our member Lamoille Housing Partnership for a monthlong awareness campaign on housing issues.

October is Housing Awareness Month! 🏡

Lamoille Housing Partnership invites you to participate in our first ever Housing Awareness Month, happening across our social media channels throughout October.

Starting on Monday October 5th, each week features a different activity to participate in, plus educational and thought provoking articles about affordable housing and housing issues, housing advocacy tools and tips, and more.

Tap into Housing Awareness Month by "liking" and following @lamoillehousing on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels!

More details in our e-newsletter, click the link below! 👇

https://mailchi.mp/41876f67b6cd/october-is-housing-awareness-month-4638071

Check out our July newsletter:https://mailchi.mp/21886bd0a417/vahc-july-news-briefs?e=[UNIQID]
07/28/2020
VAHC July News Briefs

Check out our July newsletter:
https://mailchi.mp/21886bd0a417/vahc-july-news-briefs?e=[UNIQID]

Inside Vermont’s newest homeless shelter — the South Burlington Holiday Inn “When Covid-19 hit Vermont, officials scrambled to get those residing in shelters into confined rooms to allow for social distancing. Isolation was impossible to achieve in cramped shelters, so hotels were the next bes...

Did you know that a renter in Vermont must make $23.36/hr to afford rent and utilities for a modest two-bedroom apartmen...
07/14/2020
Out of Reach: Vermont

Did you know that a renter in Vermont must make $23.36/hr to afford rent and utilities for a modest two-bedroom apartment and $18.64/hr to afford a one-bedroom apartment, but the average renter in Vermont only makes $13.81?

#OOR20

Learn more from the National Low Income Housing Coalition: reports.nlihc.org/oor/vermont

#OOR20 shows how difficult it is for renters in Vermont to find affordable housing. Find out how much a renter must earn to afford a modest home in Vermont at: https://reports.nlihc.org/oor/vermont

It takes 1.7 jobs at minimum wage, working full time to afford 1 bedroom in Vermont #OOR20Read our blog about the Nation...
07/14/2020
Affordable Housing Still Out of Reach for Low-Wage Workers - Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

It takes 1.7 jobs at minimum wage, working full time to afford 1 bedroom in Vermont #OOR20

Read our blog about the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach: http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/2020/07/14/affordable-housing-still-out-of-reach-for-low-wage-workers/

Vermont Housing Wage is $23.36, According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition A new report co-released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition found that Vermont’s “housing wage” – the hourly wage people must earn to afford a...

The Moving America Forward Act earmarks $20 million for affordable housing in VT. The bill would fund affordable housing...
07/10/2020
Welch says housing bill could bring $20M to Vermont

The Moving America Forward Act earmarks $20 million for affordable housing in VT. The bill would fund affordable housing projects such as Cathedral Square's Juniper House, an affordable housing complex for seniors in Burlington.

https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Welch-says-housing-bill-could-bring-20M-to-Vermont-571691171.html

A bill working its way through Congress could provide $20 million a year for affordable housing in Vermont.

06/19/2020
Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Vermont

We need to further regulate short term rentals to make sure they don’t continue to worsen our existing affordable housing shortage and the affordability gap that exists for most Vermont renters. https://vtdigger.org/2020/06/11/affordable-housing-advocates-worry-about-rise-in-short-term-rentals/?fbclid=IwAR1nzKOOQKcutb7zVUTIvY5WX8Cm_48RtyDVrT_iVGT0DcOFg4fekgfd190

“Housing stock issues are huge in our state,” Renee Weeks, the co-chair of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness told VTDigger in response to the growing concern housing advocates have about short-term rentals in Vermont. “I just wonder how much of our housing stock is influenced by rental units coming off the market to be put into short-term use, such as through Airbnb vs. being rented out to people living in Vermont and working in Vermont.” Short-term rentals now make up about 2.5% of the state housing stock, and the total number of short-term stays has risen by about 7,000 since 2014, according to data included in the Vermont Housing Needs Assessment. This article includes insight from leaders of Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, and Champlain Housing Trust calling for greater regulation on short-term rentals.
https://vtdigger.org/2020/06/11/affordable-housing-advocates-worry-about-rise-in-short-term-rentals/

CBPP: About 12 million Americans risk missing out on the stimulus payments provided through the recent CARES Act because...
06/12/2020
Aggressive State Outreach Can Help Reach the 12 Million Non-Filers Eligible for Stimulus Payments

CBPP: About 12 million Americans risk missing out on the stimulus payments provided through the recent CARES Act because they must file a form to receive it — unlike millions of people who are receiving the payments automatically from the IRS. Read more: https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/aggressive-state-outreach-can-help-reach-the-12-million-non-filers-eligible-for

Governors and other state officials can play a central role in reaching these individuals.

Housing justice is racial justice https://nlihc.org/resource/housing-justice-racial-justice-diane-yentel-nlihc-president...
06/12/2020
Housing Justice is Racial Justice – by Diane Yentel, NLIHC President and CEO

Housing justice is racial justice

https://nlihc.org/resource/housing-justice-racial-justice-diane-yentel-nlihc-president-and-ceo?utm_source=NLIHC+All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=9b8651c393-Memo_060820&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e090383b5e-9b8651c393-292724257&ct=t(Memo_060820)

This is an extraordinarily challenging time: police killings of Black men and women; a global pandemic disproportionately harming and killing people of color; Depression-era unemployment levels disproportionately harming people of color; police and military responding with violence to protests again...

05/22/2020
www.vtaffordablehousing.org

Homelessness has stopped in it's tracks in VT.

Check out this letter from Executive Directors of Vermont's homeless shelters, homeless service providers, and Community Action Agencies to Governor Phil Scott, President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and Speaker Mitzi Johnson.

http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Shelter-CAP-Sign-on-Letter-5-22-20.pdf

Looking for a job starting in August? Check out the VAHC VISTA Communications and Outreach Coordinator position: https:/...
05/04/2020
Communications & Outreach AmeriCorps*VISTA

Looking for a job starting in August? Check out the VAHC VISTA Communications and Outreach Coordinator position: https://ideali.st/ZJF6eN

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is now hiring for the position of Communications & Outreach AmeriCorps*VISTA in Burlington. Apply today.

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