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VHCB Annual Reports
2021 VHCB Annual Report to the General Assembly, January 2022
2021 Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Annual Report, January 2022
2020 VHCB Annual Report to the General Assembly, January 2021; VHCB FY2020 Budget documents provided to the Vermont Legislature
2020 Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Annual Report and VHCB Report on the Rural Economic Development Initiative January 2021
Previous Annual Reports
2019 VHCB Annual Report, January 2020; 2019 Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Annual Report, January 2020
2019 VHCB Report on the Rural Economic Development Initiative, January 2020
2018 VHCB Annual Report, January 2019; 2018 Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Annual Report, January 2019
2018 VHCB Report on the Rural Economic Development Initiative, January 2019; 2018 VHCB Audit
Other Reports and Publications
Strengthening the Housing and Services System: Recommendations and Strategies for Vermont
A report commissioned by VHCB and VHFA to provide recommendations for responding to homelessness and housing instability, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring housing and services to be aligned more effectively in communities across the state. Corporation for Supportive Housing, December 2021.
Hotels to Housing Case Studies
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, states and localities expanded their housing capacity by rapidly acquiring hotels and motels and converting them into permanent housing. The National Alliance to End Homelessness published case studies outlining some of the most noteworthy hotels-to-housing initiatives across the country. Vermont is one of four program case studies featured for its rapid response in the face of the public health emergency, converting five motels to create homes for households and individuals at risk of homelessness. All together, VHCB awarded $32.9 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funding for 247 new and rehabilitated homes in 20 towns statewide. In addition, 12 emergency shelters with 250 shelter beds undertook health and safety improvements to comply with CDC guidelines. Vermont Case Study
Vermont Housing Solutions: The Moment is Now to Improve the Health of Housing
According to this report of the Vermont Futures Project, a project of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, "The moment is now to create a long-term, comprehensive plan to address our housing crisis. Attractive, affordable, and efficient homes will revitalize Vermont communities and enable us to attract and retain the people and businesses we need for a thriving economy for decades to come." Well-considered ideas and suggested collaborations are presented to increase the rate of housing production in Vermont. April 2021.
Vermont Farmworker Housing Needs Assessment
An assessment of the needs, challenges and opportunities for improving and expanding the stock of on-farm housing available in Vermont for hired farmworkers as well as for housing to serve the principals of those farms and their families. Prepared by John Ryan and Jennifer Lenz of Development Cycles, Burlington Vermont, April 2021.
The role of housing policy in causing our nation's racial disparities - and the role it must play in solving them. A policy paper from Habitat for Humanity International for all U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates, partners and supporters. August 2020
A guide for municipalities to support local bylaw updates for homes in walkable places.
The Guide recommends incremental changes to bylaws and offers sample language for local boards and commissions to consider. Updating zoning and other local land use regulations for a wider range of housing types can grow opportunities for homes in convenient places. Cities, towns, and villages of any size can make incremental changes to their zoning. Use this guide to learn about techniques that allow a wider range of housing and help address the mismatch between Vermont’s available homes and the changing needs of Vermonters.
Sustainability Assessment of Affordable Mobile Home Parks in Vermont, January 2019
Sustainability Assessment of Affordable Mobile Home Parks in Vermont - Executive Summary, January 2019
by John Ryan, Development Cycles
A 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture
This paper, produced by UVM Extension and VHCB, is intended to inspire and support discussions about the challenges posed by ongoing trends in Vermont agriculture, and how best to think about ways to respond. Our analysis of this issue is that a variety of factors are combining that threaten VT’s agricultural economy, community, and culture. We see existing activities (e.g., land conservation easements and technical assistance) as highly valuable, but not sufficient to fully address anticipated trends. Therefore, we believe new approaches must be identified, evaluated, and implemented, in addition to sufficiently investing in existing high-impact approaches.
Vermont’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation, September 2018. An economic analysis by the Trust for Public Lands found that every $1 invested in land conservation by the state returns $9 in economic value in the form of water quality protection and increased flood resiliency, among other benefits, resulting in millions in avoided costs. The 9:1 figure is in addition to the $5.5 billion in annual economic activity attributable to Vermont's outdoor recreation industry from spending by Vermonters and tourists on trail fees, ski passes, hunting and fishing licenses, etc, and trip expenditures at hotels, restaurants, retailers, etc.
Zero Energy Modular Home - Report by the Center for Rural Studies at UVM, May 2017. Assessment of the market for energy-efficient factory built homes sold in Vermont, provided to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. This research was made possible with support from the High Meadows Fund, a grant-making fund of The Vermont Community Foundation and VLITE, the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity.
Reflections on Creating Housing & Conserving Land in Vermont, September 2017. On the occasion of VHCB's 30th anniversary year, we assembled comments from our many partners reflecting on the value and importance of our work in providing permanent benefits to communities and Vermonters.
Vermont Roadmap to End Homelessness, December 2016. A report by the Corporation for Supportive Housing highlighting effective and promising practices – such as Vermont’s investments in supportive housing, targeted rental assistance, and Coordinated Assessment – which have already helped drive significant reductions in homelessness in Vermont in the past two years. It also cites and quantifies a serious unmet housing need, and estimates the type, scale and cost of housing investments needed over the next five years to end homelessness.
DIfficult Choices: Housing for Vermont Families, Voices for Vermont's Children, October 2015. This report examines the factors that contribute to Vermont’s affordable housing crisis, the increasing number of low-income families in Vermont that struggle to make ends meet, and the toll that substandard housing and homelessness take on our children and communities.
Integrating Food Access and Affordable Housing, February 2015. A resource guide by VHCB’s Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Melanie Meisenheimer, to encourage collaboration between affordable housing providers and food systems groups in order to improve access to fresh and locally-grown food for low-income Vermonters.
Vermont Housing Needs Assessment, October 2019. A report conducted every five years that measures the state's housing needs in the areas of homeowner and renter housing, housing for the elderly, and special needs housing. Conducted by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
CVOEO - The Definitive Guide to Renting in Vermont - A guide to landlord-tenant law
A Roadmap to Housing Energy Affordability: Preserving Vermont's Affordable Rental Housing, March 2011. A report by Andy Shapiro, Energy Balance, Inc, with assistance from Maclay Architects and Stephen Pitkin. Produced by VHCB with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and with assistance from Efficiency Vermont, Housing Vermont and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
Mechanical System Optimization Guide, March 2011. A report on the design and procurement of mechanical systems for multi-family rental housing by CX Associates, LLC - Produced by VHCB with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and with assistance from Efficiency Vermont, Housing Vermont and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
Roadmap Integration Report, January 2012. By Steven Schenker, AIA, LEED AP. Produced by VHCB with support from the High Meadows Fund and with an oversight committee consisting of Craig Peltier (VHCB), Trevor Parsons (Housing Vermont) and Neil Curtis (Efficiency Vermont).