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Housing committee toolkit

Whether it’s a municipally-supported committee, subcommittee of the planning commission, resident advocacy group, housing discussion meet-up, or any other group that seeks to support or change the quality, quantity, affordability, and/or inclusiveness of housing in a community, a local Housing Committee can be an effective tool for addressing affordable housing needs and promoting equal housing opportunity.

In partnership with the Thriving Communities campaign, VHFA is building out this online Housing Committee Toolkit, which will include tips for getting started, success stories, best practices, and resources for existing committees and communities who want to learn more. This resource is intended to stimulate community conversations, local leadership, and policy change, as needed, to increase inclusive, fair, and affordable housing. We intend to profile existing housing committees and to work with the Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) to incorporate the Housing Committee Toolkit into its broader Housing Readiness Toolkit (in development).

Thriving Communities is a statewide campaign of the CVOEO Fair Housing Project in partnership with housing, planning, and development organizations to increase awareness about the economic and social benefits of inclusive, fair, and affordable housing. Steering committee:  CVOEO, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, Housing Vermont, Champlain Housing Trust, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Human Rights Commission, AARP and Vermont Legal Aid.