Fair Housing Friday Webinars

FAIR HOUSING FRIDAYS is a series of informational, interactive video sessions on Fair Housing issues hosted by Jess Hyman and Corrine Yonce of the Fair Housing Project of CVOEO. The free Zoom webinars are held from 12:30-1:30pm, with guest presenters and plenty of time for Q&A.  

  • August 21 - Housing Committees as a Tool to Meet Local Needs
    This webinar was co-presented by the VT Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD), Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and the Fair Housing Project of CVOEO as part of DHCD’s Community Planning and Revitalization Division Planning & Permitting Innovations series, which is focused on tools to help communities adapt to the rapidly changing world.  *CLICK HERE to Watch the Recorded Webinar
    A local Housing Committee can be an effective tool for addressing housing needs and promoting equal housing opportunity in towns and cities of all sizes. These committees can take the form of a municipally-supported committee, subcommittee of the planning commission, resident advocacy group, housing discussion meet-up, or any other group that seeks to support or change the quality, quantity, affordability, and/or inclusiveness of housing in a community. 
    This interactive webinar provides an overview of the role and function of Housing Committees with examples from municipalities around the state. We will discuss how a local Housing Committee can help your community address housing needs and challenges, engage residents, and help advance community planning priorities. 

  • July 31 - Challenges & Supports for Homeowners in the Wake of COVID-19
  • *CLICK HERE to Watch the Recorded Webinar (& see chat log with resource links)*
  • Learn about the current state of homeownership and housing in Vermont (including racial inequities), mortgage assistance for homeowners affected by the pandemic, and how to dig into your community’s housing data with guests Shaun Gilpin of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, George Demas of Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and Jackson Dean of Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.
  • July 17 - VT Rental Assistance Program and Eviction Moratorium Update
  • *CLICK HERE to Watch the Recorded Webinar*
  • *RESOURCE LIST & More Info*
    • Learn about how to get help with unpaid rent and what’s happening with evictions from Jean Murray of Vermont Legal Aid, Tyler Mass of Vermont State Housing Authority, Shaun Gilpin of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, Angela Zaikowski of Vermont Landlord Association, and Karin Ames of CVOEO Vermont Tenants.
  • April 10: “State and Federal Housing Policy: What’s happening and how it affects you” with Erhard Mahnke of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and Chris Donnelly of Champlain Housing Trust
    *See video and resources here*
  • April 17: “Tenants’ Rights and Renting during COVID-19” with Erika Johnson of Vermont Legal Aid and Karin Ames of Vermont Tenants
    *See video and resources here*


  • April 24: “Fair Housing during (and in the wake of) COVID-19” with Melissa Horwitz of the Vermont Human Rights Commission and Ted Wimpey, Fair Housing Expert/Advocate
    *See video and resources here*

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