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August 29, 2018

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June 28, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board awarded $6,594,615 for housing developments that will help to build or rehabilitate 59 affordable homes and conserve 1,050 acres of farmland and 146 acres of recreational and forest land.

May 17, 2018

VHCB Executive Director Gus Seelig said, “VHCB is pleased to invest in these efforts that will have a positive impact in communities around the state by expanding economic opportunity, protecting work force, senior and family housing, increasing Vermont’s flood resiliency, and helping farmers to expand, diversify, reduce debt and retire.”

April 25, 2018

Luke Rackers received a Governor's Service Award for his outstanding service at Central Vermont Council on Aging. This is Luke's second year as a VHCB AmeriCorps member serving at Central Vermont Council on Aging.

March 28, 2018

At a meeting on March 15, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board awarded $2,955,197 to create new homes in a downtown Bennington development, to conserve 440 acres of farmland in Rutland and Orleans Counties, and to protect public access to water in Calais, Burlington and Bolton.

March 23, 2018

“I cannot tell you how helpful your visit was. I feel so much better equipped to manage this now.  With profound gratitude – thank you!”

March 12, 2018

A summary of Dairy Improvement and Water Quality Grant decisions from March 2018.

February 21, 2018

In January, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board committed $9,359,800 for the construction and rehabilitation of 133 homes and for the conservation of 152 acres of land. The Board awarded $6,795,000 in Housing Revenue Bond funds, $1.45 million in federal HOME Program funding, $478,000 in federal farmland protection funds, and $636,500 in state funding to nine applicants.

VHCB Executive Director Gus Seelig said, “These funding awards will help address the very low vacancy rates in the housing market, providing new homes in downtown locations around the state. Two farmland conservation awards will keep farmland in aictive agricultural use and allow the farmers to expand their operations, while providing water quality protections in the easements.”

December 21, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded $264,169 in water quality grants to farmers, in Addison, Franklin, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland counties. The grants will be used for 10 capital improvement projects totaling $2.4 million that will reduce runoff and improve manure management on the farms. The Viability Program grants are matched by the farmers’ funds, bank loans, and grant funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, said, “These grants are helping farmers make necessary improvements to their farms to comply with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practice and to improve water quality. Without the assistance from the Viability Program, NRCS, and the Ag Agency, it would be difficult for farmers to prioritize these important projects.”

November 17, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, announced today the availability of grant funds for on-farm capital improvement projects.

August 30, 2017

On Wednesday, June 28th, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps members and VHCB staff joined Richmond area non-profits to complete community service projects. The volunteers took part in six different projects, serving with Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Cathedral Square Corporation, Richmond Mountain Trails, the Friends of the Winooski, and the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. 

August 30, 2017

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $407,834 in Dairy Improvement Grants to 11 dairy farmers, in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Essex, Grand Isle, and Orleans counties, for on-farm infrastructure projects. These funds are matched by over $1.2 million of additional investments in order to complete their projects. 

June 28, 2017

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board will use $35 million in new funding for the creation of rental housing and home ownership opportunities for 550-650 low- and moderate-income Vermonters over the next two to three years. The bold, new initiative represents the largest state investment in housing in more than a decade.  It was first proposed by Governor Phil Scott in his January budget address, gained strong support in the legislature, and was signed into law today.