VCEH/VAHC Annual Join Meeting Information

This is a quick reminder for next Tuesday’s Annual Joint Meeting of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness.  After lunch, the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting will be held concurrently at the same location:

     Tuesday, September 20, 2016
     9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
     Old Labor Hall
     46 Granite St, Barre, VT
(Directions below)

I hope you or someone from your organization can attend!!  We have some very special guests and exciting agenda items confirmed:

  • Sue Minter, Democratic Party nominee for governor (at 9:45)
  • Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Republican Party nominee for governor (at 10:30)
  • Kate Ash (Sen. Leahy), Katarina Lisaius (Sen. Sanders) & Kevin Veller (Congr. Welch) will provide the latest updates from DC
  • Jen Hollar (VHCB) & Angus Chaney (AHS) will givean overview and update on the important “Roadmap to End Homelessness” initiative
  • Networking Lunch (at 12 noon, $5 donation requested)
  • VAHC Annual Meeting (1:00 – 2:00) & VCEH Monthly Meeting (1:00 – 2:30)

A detailed agenda for the meetings and background materials will go out later this week.

We will meet with both major gubernatorial candidates separately to hear their thoughts on state policy and funding for affordable housing and homelessness and respond to questions from coalition members.  We are providing both candidates with a set of questions to help them frame their remarks and prepare them for likely questions during Q & A.

DIRECTIONS TO OLD LABOR HALL:  From I-89 North or South:

  • Take Exit 7 onto Rte. 62 and follow the signs into Barre.
  • At the 5th light (junction with Rte. 302), take a right onto Main Street.
  • Turn right onto Granite Street (beside Peoples United Bank).
  • The Old Labor Hall will be on your left after you cross the railroad tracks.

The parking lot of the Old Labor Hall is shared with a commercial granite company that requires transportation and shipping access during business hours.  Parking is restricted for weekday use to areas closest to the OLH.  Renters who block access may be asked to move.  Street and metered parking is available in areas around the Hall.

We will *not* be offering a call-in option for this meeting, but will resume that at the regular monthly VAHC meeting on October 12 in Montpelier.

Hope to see you next Tuesday!

HUD CoC Consolidated Application

Dear VCEH/VT BoS CoC Members,

To ensure input by the full CoC membership (all stakeholders in the VT Balance of State CoC) a draft of this year’s HUD CoC Consolidated Application and Project Priority/Ranking Listing is available on the CoC’s website at under the section “Initiatives” and subsection “HUD Funding & Regulations”.

Final comments should be sent to no later than 10AM on Monday, September 12.

We need your help!  Please provide additional input for the following questions:

  • Page 37/Q3A-6:  Additional Job and Income Growth
  • Page 44/Q3B-2.5a:  More reasons why unsheltered families increased (6).
  • Page 50/Q4A-3:  Specific outcome data for number of people approved for health insurance between July 2015-June 2016 (i.e. Health Clinics, other).


  • Pending – Page 48/Q3B-3.1a, 3.2, 3.4, and 3.4a:  Homeless Veterans (VA)
  • The final version of the “HMIS Policy & Procedures Manual” was approved by a VCEH CoC Board vote in August and will be attached to the CoC application.  A draft is available at
  • The attachment for “CoCs Process for Reallocating” is pending collation but will be attached to the CoC application.


Daniel Blankenship

Vemont State Housing Authority

VT BoS CoC Collaborative Applicant (on behalf of VCEH)

Help Us Welcome HUD Secretary Julián Castro to Vermont

This Thursday, September 1, 1:30pm, Burlington

Please join Senator Patrick Leahy, our two other congressional offices, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition in welcoming Julián Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Vermont.

Senator Leahy is hosting a policy roundtable, entitled “The State of Housing in Vermont,” Thursday, September 1st from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm at the Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall.

Senator Leahy, Secretary Castro and partners from Vermont’s affordable housing and homelessness network will highlight a few of the state’s many successes, as well as the challenges we face, in providing affordable housing and supportive services to Vermonters of all income levels and abilities, including our lowest income, most vulnerable citizens.

Afterwards, join Senator Leahy, Housing Vermont and the Champlain Housing Trust to celebrate the opening of Vermont’s newest 40-unit, resident controlled housing cooperative on Bright Street in Burlington’s Old North End. The ribbon cutting and open house is from 3 – 4pm.

You are invited to attend both of these events. Here are the details:

“The State of Housing in Vermont” Roundtable Discussion
1:30 – 2:45pm
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall

Bright Street Housing Co-op Ribbon Cutting
3 – 4pm
Parking available in the garage under the building located approximately at 114 Archibald Street

Click here for Senator Leahy’s announcement.

For more information, contact Kate Ash in Senator Leahy’s Montpelier office at 802-229-0569.