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…

“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

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