Land Access and Opportunity Board

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    The Land Access and Opportunity Board ("the Board") was created under Section 22 of Act 182 of 2022 to
     engage with Vermont organizations working on housing equity and land access "to recommend new opportunities and improve access to woodlands, farmland, and land and home ownership for Vermonters from historically marginalized or disadvantaged communities who continue to face barriers to land and home ownership." 

    By January 15, 2023, the Land Access and Opportunity Board is directed to deliver a “Sunrise Report” to the Vermont General Assembly addressing legal, constitutional, and governance questions relevant to the functions of the Board, including grant making and how to fund, organize, and structure the Board as a permanent instrumentality of the State of Vermont. Initial funding for the Board is limited to meetings in SFY2023 for the purpose of delivering the Sunrise Report and any subsequent engagement with the General Assembly and other stakeholders. 

    Under the Act, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board ("VHCB") is directed to provide administrative and fiscal support to the Land Access and Opportunity Board. 

    Upcoming Meetings:

    • August 8, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • August 22, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m

    Join August meetings at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7762892697

    Meeting ID: 776 289 2697
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    Meeting Agendas and Minutes

    July 25, 2022 - Agenda - Minutes  

    August 8, 2022 -  Agenda

    Board Members:
    Xusana Davis, State Office of Racial Equity
    [To be announced] Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs    
    [To be announced] Vermont branches of the NAACP    
    Mark Hughes, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance    
    Ana Mejia, Liberation Ecosystem    
    Kenya Lazuli, Vermont Every Town Project   
    Lynn Stanley, National Association of Social Workers
    Raheemah Madany, Pride Center of Vermont    
    Amila Merdzanovic, U.S. Committee for Refugees &  Immigrants,Vermont   
    Kirsten Murphy, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council    
    [To be announced], Vermont Psychiatric Survivors    

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