Reflecting back on our accomplishments for 2012, we at the Vermont State Housing Authority are pleased to present our Annual Report and take this opportunity to showcase our achievements.
As the largest provider of rental assistance programs in Vermont, we have a local presence in all communities throughout the state and our programs serve more than 8200 families.
As one of the nation’s most accomplished housing agencies, VSHA delivers a high-quality Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program that promotes mobility, regional choice and provides a package of options that allow our clients to meet their specific needs. VSHA has been consistently ranked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a “High Performer.”
Relying on the many partnerships and collaborations we’ve developed with landlords, profit and nonprofit entities, and many governmental agencies, our joint efforts enable us to be successful in serving Vermont families.
Homelessness remains a challenge and solutions are still a priority for Vermont and the Vermont State Housing Authority. We continue to administer programs to address homelessness such as the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing initiative and through our role as the Continuum of Care lead agency for Vermont. The year 2012 brought VSHA some new initiatives to our program portfolio as we partnered with the Vermont Department of Mental Health and the Vermont Agency of Human Services to expand services to homeless families and individuals.
VSHA is the management/development agent for many properties and mobile home parks owned by nonprofit entities and partnerships. In 2012, we undertook major rehabilitation and capital improvements while making many energy efficiency upgrades. These upgrades will reduce energy costs and effectively utilize limited funding sources.
Our resident services coordinator program strongly supports residents in our managed properties to keep them healthy and independent.
As the oldest statewide housing authority in the nation, in March, 2013, VSHA will celebrate 45 years of direct housing services to Vermont families in need.
We look forward to the challenges of 2013!