Balint hosts Acting HUD Secretary Todman to highlight Vermont housing needs

Representative Becca Balint (D-Vermont) hosted Acting HUD Secretary Adrianne Todman.

Representative Becca Balint (D-Vermont) hosted Acting HUD Secretary Adrianne Todman. Courtesy photos.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman Visits VT to Discuss Housing Needs During National Homeownership Month

Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, Representative Becca Balint (D-Vermont) hosted Acting HUD Secretary Adrianne Todman to highlight the acute housing needs in Vermont. They were joined by US Senator Peter Welch, Burlington Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak and housing advocates from around the state to tour housing units and discuss the specific housing needs of rural states. 

Acting Secretary Todman’s visit was a critical opportunity to discuss housing priorities across the state and the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to address them. The visit included a tour of the Richard Kemp Center to learn about addressing racial disparities in Vermont and the Center’s work to end the homeownership gap in the state.   

“During my time in Vermont, I visited housing developments and met with community leaders who shared their personal experiences and housing needs. We must work together to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable homes,” said HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman. “I was happy to join Congresswoman Balint in Burlington to see the progress being made. We are taking significant steps to expand affordable housing, improve residents' quality of life, and foster economic growth."

“So many Vermont families face the crushing burden of the housing crisis. We know access to affordable, safe housing brings stability and opportunity for working families. We need real policy solutions to alleviate the national housing crisis,” said Rep. Becca Balint. “During Homeownership Month, I was so proud to join Acting Secretary Todman to elevate the needs of Vermonters as we tackle the national housing crisis with creative and bold solutions. I’m thankful to be able to partner with the Biden Administration, Vermont’s Congressional delegation, and leaders across Vermont to continue to close the gaps in homeownership and alleviate the burdens of this crisis for working families in Vermont and around the country.”

“Vermont faces the second-highest rate of homelessness in the country for the second year in a row. The renovation of 10th Calvary Apartments will create living spaces for folks with a variety of income levels and offer people of color the opportunity to buy an affordable home with forgivable loans,” said Senator Welch. “I’ll continue to work with Rep. Balint and Biden Administration leaders like Acting HUD Secretary Todman to combat the housing crisis and make homeownership more attainable for everyone.”

Representative Balint with, to her left, Senator Peter Welch, VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins and Champlain Housing Trust President Michael Monte.

Representative Balint with, to her left, Senator Peter Welch, VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins and Champlain Housing Trust President Michael Monte. 

Earlier this year, Rep. Balint introduced the Community Housing Act (CHA), an ambitious plan that would invest over $500 billion in federal programs that fund the construction of affordable housing. The CHA embraces perpetually affordable housing through a community land trust model, which means a nonprofit organization of residents that jointly stewards community assets and guarantees housing on that land stays affordable and inclusive. The bill includes a suite of creative policy solutions to address root causes of the housing crisis and alleviate long term affordability challenges. 

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