About Thriving Communities

3603295576_29dc50c84f_oWhat are thriving communities?

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 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 Campaign – “Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Vermont”

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.

The “Thriving Communities” campaign will reach out to public officials, ordinary citizens, planners, developers, business owners, entrepreneurs and others. We aim to stimulate discussion of  inclusive and affordable communities and their benefits to all Vermonters. We also hope to encourage appropriate changes that help fulfill many positive community development objectives.

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

The Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity serves as a central organizer of the campaign, which is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant Inclusive Vermont project was financed in large 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 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing public policies in Vermont.  HUD is not responsible for the content of this web site.HUD_Logo