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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.

FY2016 CoC NOFA Project Rankings

Posted on CoC HTH website and emailed via CoC HTH list serve on 8/24/16 to the full CoC membership, CoC Board, Ranking Team, and all current CoC Program applicants/recipients/ subrecipients.

On Tuesday, August 9, the Ranking Team of the VT Coalition to End Homelessness met to review all CoC project applications and determine the order of priority for submission to HUD as part of the FY2016 CoC NOFA. The VCEH Ranking Team determined project priority by using the pre-approved VCEH Project Ranking Policy & Ranking Tool, which included performance data (APR, VT HMIS-SPM outcomes), LOCCS draws, HUD and CoC priorities and other measures. Each project applicant was provided their priority number along with the reasons for the determination, and offered the opportunity to appeal their score/priority number. All project applicants have chosen not to appeal, therefore the FINAL Project Listing is as follows:

TIER 1 (CoC project funds up to $2,955,696; HUD retains discretion to defund/re-prioritize):
1. VSHA Shelter+Care/Statewide [16 partners, entire VT BoS CoC] $1,611,626
2. Brattleboro Housing Authority Shelter+Care [2 partners, So. Windham-only] $246,214
3. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 1-2 merged (Windham/Rutland/Windsor/Caledonia] $270,597
4. VSHA/NEKCA Youth Transitional Housing $57,005
5. VSHA/BCCH Transitional Housing [Chronic Substance Use only, Bennington] $56,064
6. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 3 [Washington/Lamoille/Franklin] $147,078
7. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 4 [6 partners/5 counties, New/FY15 PH Bonus] $415,845
8. VSHA Rapid Rehousing# 5 [JGHS/Addison, NEW/Reallocated] $91,885
9. ICA CoC-Homeless Management Information System project #1 $30,572
10. ICA CoC-Homeless Management Information System project #2 $28,810

TIER 2 ($381,380; projects subjected to higher scoring criteria):
11. AHS/VCEH Coordinated Entry project [NEW/Reallocated, VT BoS CoC only] $222,472
12. VSHA/PVT S+C Housing 1st PH Bonus [NEW/CH only, Washington/Windsor/Windham] $158,908

TIER 3 (not included in HUD ranking process):
13. VSHA CoC Planning Project $95,345

Reallocated CoC projects:
 HOPE/CSAC Hill House Transitional Housing [Mental Health/Addison] $133,027
 VSHA/CMC Safe Haven [Mental Health/Orange] $113,736
 VSHA/PVT Shelter+Care Washington #2 [CH only, old PH Bonus] $28,325
 VSHA/TPHT Overlook Transitional Housing [INDIV & FAM, Windsor] $39,269

FY16 VT BoS CoC Projects – Priority Listing FINAL 8.15.16

*For information on the VCEH Ranking Policy & Tool and other VT Balance of State CoC activities please go to  “HUD Funding and Regulations” section of

**Additional guidance on this year’s FFY2016 HUD CoC NOFA competition and other HUD CoC Program information can be found at: