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Nothing illustrates the importance — and impact — of affordable housing and community development better than stories about the community itself. Learn about the people who develop and build the housing and the people who are built up because of it.

Evernorth Welcomes Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer

We are happy to announce that Cynthia (Cindee) Lacasse has accepted Evernorth’s newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer. Ms. Lacasse will be joining us beginning May 29th. Cindee is an affordable housing industry leader with deep transactional knowledge and a commitment to Evernorth’s mission. She will be based in Portland and serve a key, externally-facing role with Evernorth’s investors, developers, and funders.

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Opinion: Nancy Owens: Vermont needs more housing for everyone. Here’s how to make progress

This commentary was written by Nancy Owens and originally published by VT Digger on March 28, 2023.

Today’s housing market is broken. A lack of housing limits people’s mobility. Seniors who are overhoused cannot move to a more appropriate home; workers who want to secure better jobs cannot find a home in strong employment centers; people who are ready to purchase homes cannot find one they can afford. 

While reduced mobility is true for everyone, it really impacts people with less financial resources. 

Why is there not enough housing here? Economists and others provide data and analysis about demographic and economic trends that impact housing supply and begin to explain some of the issues.

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Opinion: Nancy Owens: Lack of affordable housing is an issue of equity — and we need to fix it

This commentary was written by Nancy Owens and originally published by VT Digger on May 19, 2022.

Almost 35 years ago, Vermont made a commitment to sustainability, equity and justice when it formed the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. 

The idea that we could balance housing and conservation by uniting environmentalists and developers in one organization was a radical bet.  The bet was that, together, we could decide where housing belongs and which lands to preserve for farms, woodlands, wildlife and clean waters.

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Building Homes Together Campaign Announces Bold Five Year Plan

December 14, 2021

Burlington, Vermont – This morning the Building Homes Together campaign launched its second five year targets for making Chittenden County’s housing market healthier, more equitable, and more affordable. Supported by over 125 local leaders, the campaign’s goals include creating 5,000 new homes, with 1,250 permanently affordable, over the next five years. The new homes would include a combination of new rental and homeownership development.

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COVID Resident Surveys & Evernorth Blog Post:

Resident Surveys and COVID Impacts

By Lindsay Thrall, Evernorth Connections Manager

Evernorth’s Connections Program and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) have begun a 6-month phone survey in an effort to understand the impacts of COVID on our Vermont communities and to amplify the voices of the people who rely on affordable housing.

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Column: How to Make a Housing Disaster Even Worse

This column was written by John Vogel and originally published by Valley News on September 10, 2020. John is a recently retired clinical professor from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and is co-chair of the Evernorth Board of Directors.

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Creating homes for those who have served

Much progress has been made in housing veterans who experience homelessness in the U.S., and Northern New England is no exception. In 2019, the nonprofit agency Harbor Homes opened Boulder Point Veterans Housing, a 30-unit apartment complex in the town of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Harbor Homes is the largest member of Partnership for Successful Living (PSL), an affiliation … Continued

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