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| Press Releases
January 7, 2016
Senator Leahy Brings Program HOME
by Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
Photos available at: http://www.vhcb.org/1-5-Leahy-HOME
Last summer, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy helped break ground in Brattleboro for Red Clover Commons - 55 new apartments to replace housing for seniors and persons with disabilities that was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and remains in harm’s way. In the fall, Governor Peter Shumlin was in Waterbury to hand keys to Tim and Aimee Smith along with their two young sons. Mr. Smith works in Vermont’s growing energy sector and was delighted to find an affordable home at the new South Main Apartments. These developments, along with 28 new homes in Woodstock, 14 new units for seniors in a historic building in Rutland, 28 renovated apartments in the heart of Lyndonville, 23 apartments under construction in Hinesburg and 24 units planned in Bennington, have much in common. They all provide housing lower-income Vermonters can afford and all were made possible by state funding from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board that was matched by a federal program called “HOME.”
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Ground breaking at Red Clover Commons in Brattleboro, 55 new apartments for elders being developed by the Brattleboro Housing Authority and Housing Vermont.
Watkins School Apartments in Rutland, developed by the Housing Trust of Rutland County, provides 14 new apartments for seniors in two buildings--a historic school house and a newly constructed addition. Photo by Laz Scangas
South Main Apartments in Waterbury - Downstreet Housing & Community Development and Housing Vermont completed 27 apartments in a historic building at the state office complex in Waterbury, adding a wing to Ladd Hall. Sally McCay photo
Downstreet Apartments, Barre - Well underway on Summer Street in Barre are new family rentals - the development is expected to be complete this spring, bringing 24 new apartments to Barre and will also house the offices of Downstreet Housing & Community Development. Housing Vermont joined Downstreet as co-developers.
Bright Street Cooperative, Burlington (architectural rendering of the site) The Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont are developing 42 new apartments in a three-story apartment building with smaller-scale townhouse-style units along the streets. Amenities will include an underground parking garage, common room, laundry, garden space and a small playground.
Canal Street Housing for Veterans, Winooski. The Committee on Temporary Shelter constructed a new building with 28 apartments for veterans. COTS provides a full-time, live-in residential manager and programming for residents in 16 transitional housing units and connects veterans with other service providers in the community. There are also 12 apartments of affordable, permanent housing, where veterans receive preference in placement.
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