Get Informed on Housing Issues

For excellent resources about fair and affordable housing in Vermont, follow the links below.

Learn about inclusive communities and fair and affordable housing….

These links provide information about programs to create inclusive communities.

Learn about the state of housing in Vermont….

Check out some of the resources below to learn about the shortage of affordable housing in Vermont and statewide housing needs in general, use the resources below.

Learn about federal and Vermont fair housing policy…

Knowing the laws behind fair housing and inclusive communities is important to the work we do. Below, you’ll find the federal and state laws that ban illegal housing discrimination and information on the department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which requires states, counties, municipalities and housing authorities that receive HUD funds to proactively strive to create more inclusive and less segregated and communities.

Federal Fair Housing Law:
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing:


Learn about Vermont’s efforts to create inclusive communities…
  • Read Multi-Purpose Brattleboro Development Garners National HUD Design Award,” where former  HUD Secretary Julián Castro praised a Brattleboro Development’s design for inclusive development.
  • Check out Project VISION, a Vermont program which “… wants to give Rutland residents the tools necessary to help improve their neighborhoods. … to create community leaders.”
  • Check out the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s “Better Connections” programs, which seeks to create inclusive communities through land use zoning and transportation plans.

Elsewhere and Miscellaneous …

VHFA’s Housing Toolbox:

VHFA’s Regulatory Tools:

Lincoln Land Institute’s Visualizing Density:

Jumpstarting the Market for Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons learned from Portland, Seattle & Vancouver:

South Burlington’s PUD Review Project by Front Porch Community Planning & Design, and SE Group:

2015-2020 Vermont Housing Needs Assessment, with County Reports:

Overview of State Designation Program Benefits:

DHCD Mobile Home Park Guidance for Municipalities:

“Not very many options for the people who are working here”. Rural Housing Challenges Through the Lens of Two New England Communities, A White Paper: University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy, 2017.

Mad River Valley Affordable Land Initiative:

TRORC’s A Home for All:

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’s Voices of Home:

A Matter of Place – Fair Housing Documentary:

Building Homes Together Campaign:

“Housing Apartheid, American Style,” New York Times editorial, May 16, 2015

“Where Should Poor People Live?” by Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, June 2, 2015

“Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica, Oct. 29, 2012

“Overcoming Structural Barriers to Integrated Housing: A Back-to-the-Future Reflection on the Fair Housing Act’s ‘Affirmatively Further’ Mandate,” by Robert G. Schwemm, Kentucky Law Journal, 2012

“From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation,” by Richard Rothstein, Working Economics Blog, Economic Policy Institute, April 29, 2015

“Fair Housing: Talking Past Each Other About Cities and Segregation,” by Martha Bridegam, California Planning & Development Report, Aug. 30, 2015

“Fair Housing Litigation After Inclusive Communities: What’s New and What’s Not,” by Robert G. Schwemm, Columbia Law Review Sidebar, Sept. 18, 2015

Leveling the Information Playing Field Between Advocates and Developers“, Rooflines. Posted by Miriam Axel-Lute on September 28, 2015

“A Brief History of Public Housing,” by J.A. Stoloff, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation’s Development Calculator allows users to estimate the probability that a given development project will be built, given a particular set of policies and economic conditions. For example, if a proposed policy increases the density requirements in a jurisdiction, holding all other factors constant, how will this change affect the likelihood that a planned multifamily project will be developed?

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