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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Housing Commission Liaison Update 7.29.22

Deputy Mayor Jim Duncan

By Deputy Mayor Jim Duncan

I serve as the City Council Liaison to the Housing Commission, which is charged with helping Council and staff "ensure a mix of quality housing that maintains and enhances Winooski’s unique sense of place and supports the needs of the entire community".

The Housing Commission met on June 27 to review City Council’s 2022/2023 priorities for housing, as well as the past year’s work plan and the findings of the equity audit. Click here to view these priorities. We had a great discussion, and the commission agreed that the priorities are largely in line with previous Commission work plans. We also discussed the addition of priorities around supporting education for and connections between landlords, renters, and property managers to improve the housing system in the City.

On July 25, the Commission met to discuss the Housing Trust Fund, which has been in the works since the completion of the Housing Needs Assessment in 2016 (with much of the work occurring over the last 5 years). The final pieces are in place, and the Commission used the meeting to revisit the ranking criteria, application schedule and outreach plans to determine how best to open up this vital resource for affordable and quality housing in our community. The Housing Trust Fund has three programs: construction and major rehabilitation, home improvement loans, and down payment assistance. We anticipate that the official launch of this program will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can view the program guidelines here.

An initial application for the down payment assistance program has been received and the Commission will meet on August 1st to review it. The Commission will also discuss the general promotion and outreach plan for the entire program. This meeting is open to all - members of the public are encouraged to participate! Click here to view the agenda and meeting info.

If you have questions about these programs before the full official launch, feel free to call or email Elaine Wang, City Manager: 802 655 6410 / ewang@winooskivt.gov.

The Housing Commission meets on the 4th Monday each month. Meetings are open to the public - please join us to share your views and ideas on housing in Winooski! If you have questions about the work of the Winooski Housing Commission, feel free to reach out directly: jduncan@winooskivt.gov or visit winooskivt.gov/housing to learn more.

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