Winooski, Vermont Flourishes with diversity

About Thriving Communities

Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Vermont
Diverse Hands Coming Together
Diversity Enhances Lives

This campaign is a comprehensive and multi-organizational statewide effort to promote affordability and inclusiveness as a mainstay of flourishing communities across Vermont and beyond. Communities thrive financially and socially when they are welcoming and affordable to a wide variety of residents, people with assorted skills and backgrounds. A diverse range of residents helps drive local economies and enliven local business, arts and culture. Such communities build economic vitality and resilience and help fulfill the promise of equal housing opportunity for all.

What makes for thriving communities?

Among other things thriving communities embrace diversity. They provide housing, transportation and employment opportunities for a wide range of people of mixed income levels.  They are affordable and welcoming for people of all ages, including working

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households,  people with disabilities or on fixed incomes, and business owners. Such communities create opportunities for regional economic growth and promote stable businesses, a healthy environment, sustainable agriculture and tourism. They are supportive of both business owners and workers.

The “Thriving Communities” campaign What Does It Do?

 The “Thriving Communities” campaign reaches out to ordinary citizens, public officials, local and regional planners, housing developers, business owners, entrepreneurs and others. We work with communities to encourage development of inclusive and affordable communities. We encourage appropriate zoning by-law changes, permit reforms and so forth to help fulfill many positive community development objectives.

Working with partners, the campaign will deliver public seminars, training, and other educational and outreach programs. The effort will make use of conventional local media and social media, including this dedicated website with its e-newsletter/blog, as well as social media including Facebook and Twitter.

The Fair Housing Project (FHP) of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) serves as the sponsoring, editing and organizing agency for this web site and is the primary lead agency for the “Thriving Communities…” campaign. This project is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Opinions and information presented in this web site and the associated blog posts do not necessarily represent those of HUD, the U.S. Government or the agency of CVOEO . CVOEO is solely responsible for publication and maintenance of this web site.

Find Out More and How We can Work Together With You:

Call 802-660-3456 ext 106 (Ted Wimpey, CVOEO Fair Housing Project Director/Campaign Contact)


This site is managed and maintained by the Fair Housing Project (FHP)  of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO).  Contact Us  | Twitter: @ThrivingVermont|  Facebook Page:  @thrivingcommunitiesvt

Opinions expressed on this site are the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of CVOEO.

The project, Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant Inclusive Vermont,  is financed in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) granted to the Fair Housing Project of CVOEO to promote public policies in Vermont and beyond which increase housing opportunities for protected classes and the availability of affordable housing and communities of opportunity for all residents of Vermont.

HUD Disclaimer:  “The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication.  Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.”