Land Access and Opportunity Board

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      The Land Access and Opportunity Board ("the Board") was created under Section 22 of Act 182 of 2022 to
       engage with Vermont organizations working on housing equity and land access "to recommend new opportunities and improve access to woodlands, farmland, and land and home ownership for Vermonters from historically marginalized or disadvantaged communities who continue to face barriers to land and home ownership." 

      By January 15, 2023, the Land Access and Opportunity Board is directed to deliver a “Sunrise Report” to the Vermont General Assembly addressing legal, constitutional, and governance questions relevant to the functions of the Board, including grant making and how to fund, organize, and structure the Board as a permanent instrumentality of the State of Vermont. Initial funding for the Board is limited to meetings in SFY2023 for the purpose of delivering the Sunrise Report and any subsequent engagement with the General Assembly and other stakeholders. 

      Under the Act, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board ("VHCB") is directed to provide administrative and fiscal support to the Land Access and Opportunity Board. 

      Resources
      Land Access and Opportunity Board Terms of Reference, amended 11/22/2022
      Land Access and Opportunity Board - Priority Objectives (working draft) 11/21/2022

      New Programs Aim to Change Vermont’s Dismal BIPOC Homeownership Rates, Seven Days, 11/30/2022, by Courney Lamdin

      Upcoming Meetings:

      • Monday, December 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m. - Agenda
      • Monday, December 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

      Join upcoming meetings at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7762892697

      Meeting ID: 776 289 2697
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      Meeting Agendas and Minutes

      July 25, 2022 - Agenda - Minutes  

      August 8, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes - Recording

      August 22, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes

      September 8, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes

      September 19, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes

      October 3, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes

      October 17, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes

      November 7, 2022 -  Agenda - Minutes - Recording

      November 21, 2022 - Agenda - Minutes

      Board Members:
      Xusana Davis, State Office of Racial Equity
      Rich Holschuh (alternate); Jon Bosley (alternate), Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs 
      Naomi Moody; Amber Arnold (alternate), Vermont branches of the NAACP    
      Pastor Arnold Thomas, Pastor Mark Hughes, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance    
      Ana Mejia; Liv Peña, Liberation Ecosystem    
      Jess Laporte, Vermont Every Town Project; Community Resilience Organizations  
      Lynn Stanley, National Association of Social Workers, Vermont
      Raheemah Madany, Pride Center of Vermont    
      Pacifique Nsengiyumva, U.S. Committee for Refugees &  Immigrants,Vermont   
      Kirsten Murphy, Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council    
      Karim Champman (interim), Vermont Psychiatric Survivors    
      Samantha Langevin, Ana Mejia (alternate), Liv Peña (alternate), Liberation Ecosystem/Vermont RELEAF Collective

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