Housing

Vogel: Impact Investing

Feb 19, 2018

Most of us have causes that we’re passionate about. In my case, I’m passionate about trying to eliminate homelessness and provide decent housing for low and moderate income families.

Vogel: Homeownership

Jan 23, 2018

For many years, I taught real estate courses at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and lately people have been asking if I think this is a good time to buy a home in Vermont. And my answer is a qualified yes.

A new report finds enforcement of health and safety standards lacking in Vermont's rental homes.
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A third of Vermonters rent their homes, but a new report on substandard housing shows Vermont's aging rental stock and tight rental market can lead to poor health and few options for those facing health or safety violations in their rentals.

Vermont Edition looks at what happens when a rental problem becomes a health hazard, and why it can be so difficult to get it fixed.

Keron Asencio has been staying at the new warming shelter in Montpelier.
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This week's extreme weather tested the state's shelter system for the homeless.

House lawmakers gave final approval to a wide-ranging gun bill Tuesday night. The legislation heads now to the Vermont Senate, which is expected to hold a final vote before the end of the week.
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Vermont is about to generate the cash needed to pay for one of the biggest affordable housing initiatives in recent history.

Brenda Thibault stands in front of her mobile home at St. George Villa, where the residents are looking into forming a cooperative to purchase the park.
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As Vermont sees a growing number of mobile home parks go on the market, some residents are turning toward cooperative ownership to take over control of the properties.

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The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board has been holding public hearings to gather input on where the state should spend the $35 million that lawmakers approved this year for affordable housing.

Gov. Phil Scott, left, announced the recipients of $2.7 million in downtown tax credits Wednesday. Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, center, says renovations on the city's historic French Block, seen in the background, wouldn't go forward without the money.
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Twenty-two construction projects across Vermont will share $2.7 million in state tax incentives.

Some of the new duplexes that are part of the Hickory Street and Juneberry Lane Apartments, a $22 million affordable housing development in southwest Rutland.
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Rutland’s Forest Park housing project has been undergoing a $22 million affordable housing makeover that many say has turned a problem into an asset.

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The national housing market crash of 2007 was catastrophic. But now, a decade past that seismic event, we take a look at where the Vermont real estate market has gone since then.

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Proposed federal cuts to affordable housing funds are headed to the Senate in Washington, but Gov. Phil Scott says that whatever the federal government does, affordable housing remains a priority for his administration.

Image of downtown Burlington, Vermont from above.
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In about a year, if you’re looking for an apartment in Burlington, you’ll be able to look up its “rating” in a public database. 

House lawmakers gave final approval to a wide-ranging gun bill Tuesday night. The legislation heads now to the Vermont Senate, which is expected to hold a final vote before the end of the week.
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Vermont lawmakers are eyeing a $2-per-night fee on hotel stays to raise the $10 million a year they say is needed to solve the state’s affordable housing crunch.

If the number of evictions could be reduced, it could help decrease the number of homeless people. That’s the premise of a new pilot program in Chittenden County. 

Vogel: Housing Bonds

Oct 3, 2016

Vermont has a housing problem. For low and moderate income residents, there’s a well-documented shortage of affordable, rental housing. For middle class families, home ownership opportunities are receding as housing prices continue to rise. In Burlington, home prices climbed 5.5% last year so that the median price of houses that are currently on the market is $319,000.

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Across Vermont, organizations are experimenting with new models to combat homelessness. In some communities they're being welcomed, but in others, there's been push back.

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Senior citizens make up a large and rapidly growing segment of Vermont's population. Combine that with the state's tight housing market and mostly rural character, and housing for seniors can be a particular challenge here. We're looking at senior housing in Vermont - the challenges and strategies - especially with the state's focus on getting seniors the support they need to stay at home as they get older.

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There are vacant factories and run down houses all over Springfield, and the selectboard has been trying to work with landlords who own the most derelict properties.

Now the town wants to ramp up its response to clean up the dilapidated buildings.

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The City of Burlington released a draft agreement Thursday to put a housing development on 27 acres of land that Burlington College sold to developer Eric Farrell in an effort to reduce debt.

More than 100 community members in Burlington who were at risk of losing their homes earlier this fall have found an innovative way to keep them.

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