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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.

Building Homes Together Campaign Releases Progress Report


Burlington, Vermont – The Building Homes Together Campaign, formed in 2016 to encourage production of housing in Chittenden County, released its annual progress report that showed continued overall success in new housing being created, but a persistent lack of affordable homes.

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Vergennes Celebrates the Opening of 24 New Apartments near Downtown

[Vergennes, VT]  Today, the Vergennes community celebrated the official grand opening of Vergennes Community Apartments with socially-distanced property tours and live music. The Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) and Evernorth partnered to develop this highly energy-efficient, multi-family apartment building located on Armory Lane in close proximity to downtown Vergennes.  The Vergennes Community Apartments are located … Continued

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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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Housing Vermont merges with New England group

This article was written by Anne Galloway and originally published on July 30, 2020.

Housing Vermont is merging with a regional nonprofit group in order to expand access to capital for low-income housing, weatherization and economic development projects in rural areas across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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Rooting out racism in housing programs and policy

Affordable housing can promote health, build wealth, and change neighborhoods and lives. But housing is also used as a tool to divide communities, perpetuate unfair educational opportunities, reduce wealth, and sustain segregation. Racial inequality is rooted in our nation’s history of slavery, and it has been structurally maintained by public policy, including through housing and … Continued

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Partnering to put housing first

The basic premise of Housing First is simple. If someone is experiencing chronic homelessness – meaning they are continuously homeless for a year or more or have had four or more episodes of homelessness in three years – they are provided housing first and then given the support they need to work on other issues … Continued

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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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Increasing support, reducing stigma

Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority (MHRA) is the largest public housing agency – and largest landlord – in Northern New England. MHRA is widely recognized for its array of supportive programming offered to residents, so when it was time to develop more affordable housing, the agency turned to one of its longtime service partners.  The … Continued

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The 10-year transformation of a neighborhood in Rutland, Vermont

In October 2018, Mayor David Allaire joined residents, funders, community members, and two affordable housing organizations to celebrate the completion of the Hickory Street Initiative. Speaking before a large gathering, Mayor Allaire stated, “We are very pleased as a City to see the transformation of this great neighborhood with the completion of Hickory Street. This … Continued

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