Collaborating in carrying out the “Thriving Communities” campaign are some key partners, public and private. They prominently include, but are not limited to:
- Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), which finances and promotes affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its establishment in 1974, VHFA has helped about 28,000 Vermonters purchase residences and furnished financing, tax credits and other support to about 8,600 units of rental housing.
- Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), which creates affordable housing and protects Vermont lands. Since its inception in 1974, VHCB has assisted in the creation of more than 10,500 affordable homes, the conservation of nearly 400,000 acres of agricultural and recreational lands and natural areas, and the restoration of 56 historic community buildings for public use.
- Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), which supports resilient communities and provides assistance designed to enhance community development programs and practices. The department develops housing policy, oversees the Mobile Home Park program, and is the state’s central office for local and regional land use.
- Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), which advocates for expanding Vermont’s stock of affordable housing. The coalition is a nonprofit, statewide membership organization that aims to ensure that all Vermonters — especially those of low or moderate income — have safe, adequate, physically accessible and affordable housing.
- Housing Vermont (HV), which is a private, nonprofit agency that develops permanently affordable rental housing for Vermonters through partnerships with communities and the private sector. Since its founding in 1988, Housing Vermont has financed 155 affordable rental housing developments throughout the state, creating or renovating 4,800 apartments.
- Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), founded in 1984, is the largest community land trust in the country. Throughout Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, CHT manages 1,800 apartments, and stewards over 520 owner-occupied homes in its shared-equity program. CHT offers home-buyer education and financial fitness counseling, provides services to five housing cooperatives, and offers affordable energy efficiency and rehab loans.
- Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), the parent organization of the Fair Housing Project, is a nonprofit organization that addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.
- Vermont Human Rights Commission (VHRC). The VHRC is Vermont’s civil rights enforcement agency and has jurisdiction to investigate complaints of unlawful discrimination in housing, places of public accommodation (schools, restaurants, stores, government buildings, etc.) and state government employment. The VHRC also engages in education and outreach efforts, offering training on a variety of civil rights laws and issues..
- AARP Vermont is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 127,000 members in Vermont and 39 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a major funder of this campaign through a Fair Housing Education and Outreach grant to the Fair Housing Project of CVOEO.
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