REMINDER: VAHC/VCEH Meetings – Tues, Sept 16 – Gov. Shumlin, Scott Milne & Other Guests Confirmed

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 in different rooms at the same location:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Baptist Fellowship Church
1051 Route 66, Randolph, VT

(Directions below)

I hope you or someone from your organization can attend!! Click here for the meeting agenda. We have a number of special guests confirmed, in the following order:

Governor Peter Shumlin
Scott Milne, Republican Nominee for Governor
Kate Ash, Field Representative, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy
Ken Schatz, newly appointed Commissioner of the Department for Children & Families
Senator Tim Ashe, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee

Governor Shumlin will be there right at 9:30 and has to leave at 10:00, so please get there early so we are ready to go as soon as the Governor arrives! Mr. Milne is scheduled to meet with us separately at 10:15. Both he and the Governor will share their perspectives on state funding and policy for affordable housing and homelessness and respond to questions from coalition members. We have provided both with questions to help them frame their remarks.

The agenda for the VCEH meeting is as follows:

12:45 I. Introductions
12:50 II. Consent agenda
12:55 III. Role of Local Continuum groups
1:15 IV. Information on VCEH finances
1:25 V. High level review of Standing Rules of VCEH
1:40 VI. Around-the-State Local Continuum Check In and Update
2:00 VII. Adjourn

Kate Ash will give us a federal update on behalf of Senator Leahy’s office. Recently appointed DCF Commissioner Schatz will introduce himself and talk about his vision for DCF and the many challenges the Department faces, especially as they relate to affordable housing and homelessness. Last up will be Senator Ashe, who will give us his perspective on the 2014 legislative session and outlook for next year, from his vantage point as Chair of the Senate committee that raises the revenues required to meet the State’s needs for affordable housing, homelessness and vulnerable Vermonters.

DIRECTIONS TO BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP CHURCH: Take I-89 to Exit 4, head toward Randolph (right off south bound exit, left off north bound exit). At the bottom of Route 66 there is a flat stretch. The Randolph Animal Hospital is on the right at the end of that stretch. The Baptist Fellowship Church is the next right

The meeting space does NOT have a speakerphone, so we will not be offering a call-in option this month, but we will resume that at the regular monthly VCEH meeting in October.

Hope to see you next Tuesday!