Vermont Business Magazine Planning for Vibrant Communities, a housing summit workshop hosted by Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) and Working Communities Challenge (WCC), invites community members to collaboratively develop housing-related action plans to address some of Hardwick and Lamoille County’s challenges. Housing tests.
“When current and future residents are unable to find a home to rent or buy, this is a county-wide shared problem that requires community and city interaction to address,” said LHP Executive Director Jim Lovinsky.
Housing for Vibrant Communities, a prerequisite for planning active communities, will include panel and panel discussions exploring the connections between housing, economic development and community, including municipal roles in promoting housing solutions and opportunities for city collaboration. Individuals, municipal leaders, human services, economic development and community planning professionals, business owners and realtors are invited. Participants shared what they felt was and wasn’t working well on the housing landscape in Hardwick and Lamoille County, then voiced these conversational themes to provide a framework for action plan development.
“Participants collaboratively presented five high-priority housing-related opportunities and challenges that served as a starting point for addressing and reducing pressures on some of the housing pain points in the Lamoille region,” Lovinsky explained. The discussions provide valuable guidance for the ongoing work of the affordable housing nonprofit, as well as “local communities and municipalities to better understand their housing needs and maintain a strong balance of these with community vitality and economic growth.”
Participant-selected priorities include strengthening housing development opportunities in Lamoille County communities to better meet current and projected needs and include: 1) enhancing community connectivity by improving existing public transportation, 2) reducing extensive cost and time barriers to affordable housing development Act 250 Update, 3) work with the State of Vermont to protect farmland and forest lands that better reflect the region’s changing housing landscape, and 4) work with the State of Vermont to help cities get the resources they need to plan and expand. for water and sewer infrastructure, and 5) increase community support for the development of affordable housing and homeless shelter projects through a coordinated education campaign.
In Planning for Vibrant Communities, returning and new participants will be assigned five areas of focus from workshop discussions to collaboratively developed action plans. LHP and WCC are at the forefront of participatory planning and engaging with local residents, community organisations, the private sector and municipalities concerned about housing issues in the area during and after housing meetings.
“At LHP, we envision a Lamoille region where everyone’s housing needs are met, community spirit thrives, and economic development flourishes. Our neighbors and community partners share this vision,” says Lovinsky. “If you’re concerned about housing and looking for ways to get involved locally, we invite you to get involved externally at Planning for Vibrant Communities’ community building work or by contacting LHP and WCC about additional ways to get involved. Summit”
Planning Active Communities Monday August 22, 2022 from 8:00AM to 1:00PM at Green Mountain Support Services (93 James Road, Morrisville VT 05661.) To learn more and register, visit https://www.lamoillehousing.org. /2022-Housing-Guruges or contact Kerrie Lohr, Director of LHP Advancement & Communications, (802) 888-5714.
The 2022 Housing Summit Series has generous support from the TD Bank Charitable Foundation and the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, and is co-hosted by the Lamoille Housing Partnership and Working Communities Challenge with support from the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
The Lamoille Housing Partnership partners with communities to create and maintain quality affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families in Hardwick and Lamoille County. Since 1991, the nonprofit organization has developed more than 300 income-eligible, affordable rental units. Learn more at www.lamoillehousing.org.
Morrisville, VT August 1, 2022 – Lamoille Homes Partnership