West Rutland, May 2, 2008- NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a non-profit housing organization, has designed a complete housing program model that will help small towns across Vermont develop quality affordable housing for working families.The model, named Westmont, shows communities from start to finish how to go from simply talking about affordable housing through the process to actually develop, create, and construct affordable housing.The basic design for as Westmont home is centered on functionality and energy efficiency, and was drafted by architect Dan Pratt of Robert Carl Williams Associates, in Pittsfield, Vermont. Dans floor plan for the Westmont house maximized space and allowed for the expansion of bedrooms without increasing the size of the footprint of the house, said Gregg Over, construction manager at NWWVT. These are high quality homes. The home is styled as a two story Cape Cod home with 1,400 square feet. The floor plan utilizes space for maximum living area. The homes have three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and can easily be expanded to have up to five bedrooms. They are Energy Star rated, and follow Smart Growth and green construction principles to keep the natural beauty of Vermont intact while allowing Vermonters to own their own homes in the most cost efficient, affordable way possible, Over explained.The first Westmont neighborhood is located in Tinmouth. Construction will begin this summer, explained Ludy Biddle, executive director of NeighborWorks.We are very excited to start building, Biddle said.NWWVT believes that homeownership is crucial to maintain the fabric of rural Vermont communities. To make homeownership possible for working Vermont families, there have to be affordable homes available. NeighborWorks wants to make affordable housing a reality in Vermont. NWWVT also offers special financing for qualified buyers.For more information please call Ludy Biddle at (802) 438-2303 ext. 221, or visit the NeighborWorks website at www.NWWVT.org(link is external).
CUNA’s continued outreach and engagement with credit unions and other stakeholders resulted in a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger Wednesday detailing additional policy recommendations to help credit unions continue to provide high-quality financial services to members affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.“While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed almost every aspect of everyday life, credit unions are standing true to their mission and continuing to assist their members and communities,” the letter reads. “Any regulatory relief the CFPB can provide for credit unions will greatly help in their efforts to serve their consumers.”Wednesday’s letter follows up two previous letters from CUNA to Kraninger, one requesting remittance flexibility and one with a set of recommendations.Recommendations include: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr