affordable housing


THIS IMAGE SHOWS the concept of an affordable/workforce housing development on Shoreham’s town-owned land off Main Street (at the bottom of the image) and Route 22A (to the right). A local ad hoc committee and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission are exploring the housing concepts, which will be showcased for public feedback at the Sept. 19 Shoreham Apple Festival. Graphic courtesy of Addison County Regional Planning Commission
SHOREHAM — This year’s Shoreham Apple Festival will boast more than the usual celebration of fruit, families and fun. The highly anticipated event on Sept. 19 will also invite the public to view and give feedback on the potential for a large piece of town-owned land in the village to host a mixed-use development that would include affordable housing for individuals and families. The focus is the so-called Farnham property, a 326-acre parcel in Shoreham Village that borders a sizable stretch of Route 22A and a small portion of Main Street. Town voters in 1999 agreed to purchase the land for $...

KATIE RAYCROFT-MEYER, a community planner with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, was the architect of a new housing and population report that reveals a lot about the current challenges of finding a place to live in our area. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s population continues to gray as its school-age population declines, and the ability of this region to get younger is hampered by its the lack of housing stock for low- to moderate-income families. It’s been a common lament in our area — and indeed the entirety of Vermont — for around 20 years. But now the true dimensions of the county’s housing and population challenges have been condensed into a new Addison County Regional Planning Commission report that can be used by municipal planners, developers and citizens to begin turning the tide on what is fast becoming...

Elise Shanbacker
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) will soon launch a $2 million effort to install a communal septic system at Middlebury’s Lindale Mobile Home Park in Middlebury. And that’s just a start. The nonprofit ACCT is preparing to make $10 million in improvements over the next nine years to aging infrastructure within several of the nine mobile home parks the organization owns and operates in Addison County. These nine parks together host 340 home sites that make homeownership a reality for many low- and middle-income families who can’t afford market-rate mortgages or apartment...
It’s summertime, but the livin’ is not so easy for Addison County residents who face housing insecurity. It’s not easy for employers seeking employees or for young people who want to put down roots. The scarcity and high cost of housing is taking a toll on people and businesses. As the county changes and diversifies, it’s time for an open discussion about community values that are reflected in our development policies. What is truly in the public good? How can we reconsider the way zoning and Act 250 affect affordability and where and how people are allowed to live in our community? As...

JEANNE MONTROSS, EXECUTIVE director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, believes local, state and federal officials need to take a multi-faceted approach to solving the affordable housing problem. A new national report indicates it’s virtually impossible for low- to moderate-income households to find an apartment rent that will absorb 30% or less of their income.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County remains one of the most expensive areas for rental housing in a state that a recent national report has ranked as having the 16th most expensive housing wage in the nation. It’s one of those lists where a high ranking isn’t good news. But it’s the cold, hard facts revealed in a national report titled “Out of Reach,” released early this month by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. The national coalition is a research and advocacy organization dedicated to the goal of achieving good, affordable homes for the lowest-...

LILY BARRETT JONES
MIDDLEBURY — If Addison County was experiencing an affordable housing crisis before COVID-19 arrived, the past 16 months have only made it worse. Out-of-state demand for housing in a county that was seen as a safe, healthy place to live during the pandemic has pushed real estate prices further out of reach for the average Vermonter, and the cost of lumber has soared to three and even four times pre-pandemic levels, adding tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home. Organizations like the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT), the county's largest provider of affordable housing...

Developers are hoping to break ground for Bristol’s Firehouse Apartments by the end of this year. The 20-unit neighborhood of mostly affordable housing will be located just east of the fire station on land that Evernorth (formerly Housing Vermont) and the Addison County Community Trust are purchasing from Bristol-based Stoney Hill Properties LLC. Image courtesy Evernorth
BRISTOL — Someday in the not-too-distant future, a few dozen Bristol residents will likely include some version of the following phrase when directing people to their homes: “Turn at the firehouse.” The Firehouse Apartments project, formerly known as the Stoney Hill residential development, is gradually making its way through the design and permitting process. The plan calls for 20 housing units in three buildings off West Street, just east of the Bristol Firehouse. Much of the development will be designated as affordable housing. “Several of the 20 units will be available to middle-income...
When the Vermont Legislature convenes in early January, lawmakers will continue to tackle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and begin to craft a plan for the state’s economic recovery. The Legislature and the Scott administration will also look to build on what they did this year to make sure vulnerable Vermonters have a place to live. In response to the first wave of Covid-19, the Scott administration and Legislature worked on an expansive $87 million housing assistance program, which included making sure that homeless Vermonters had shelter — expanding the state’s homeless hotel voucher...

WORKERS ARE BEGINNING to frame in the third story of the affordable housing project under construction on Armory Lane in Vergennes. The 24-unit building, to be completed by late summer, will offer apartments to people with earnings both above and below the county’s median income. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Construction of the affordable-housing project on Armory Lane in Vergennes is going strong, and the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) next month will start accepting applications for August occupancy of the building’s 14 one-bedroom, nine two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom apartments. “Currently we are on budget and on schedule for construction completion in July,” said Elise Shanbacker, executive director of ACCT, which will manage the building and is a partner in the project with Housing Vermont. Seventeen of the building’s 24 units will be reserved for households earning 60...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council last Tuesday heard from Addison County Community Trust Executive Director Elise Shanbacker that the planned 24-unit affordable housing project on Armory Lane is advancing. The project is intended to be built across the road from the existing senior housing project, not far from American Legion Post 14. Shanbacker said her agency and its partner, Housing Vermont, have already raised $1.8 million for the $7 million, roughly 25,000-square-foot project. She told the council she expects the bulk of the funding, the sale of tax credits, to come through by...

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