Did you know SASH sponsors a number of programs at Armory Lane every month as part of a Community Healthy Living Plan? Here's the March plan, followed by the SASH Flash newsletter where seniors can keep up to date on how to participate!
As you may know, ACTR’s services were impacted in the past year by the railroad construction project in downtown Middlebury:
Today ACTR began a Bus Rider Survey so riders can tell us how we are doing. Paper surveys are being distributed on board to riders, but we also want feedback from people who may have barriers to accessing the bus.
We want to hear from constituents who a) stopped riding the bus since the December 1, 2017 Bus Schedule changes or b) haven’t ridden because of a concern.
Access the survey at the following link:
The survey will remain active until February 26th. Thank you for assisting our efforts to meet need.
On Wednesday, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board awarded ACCT & Housing Vermont a total of $865,000 to renovate Pleasant Hills Senior Housing in Bristol. Previously, the project had been awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and funding from the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. With funding in place, ACCT and Housing Vermont anticipate that construction will start in mid-2018, and hopefully be completed by the end of the year.
Pleasant Hills was built in 1980 by a private developer, who sold the property to Housing Vermont in 2013. The property has been well-maintained, but sorely needs updates to bring it up to today's energy and accessibility codes. ACCT and Housing Vermont are partnering on the ~$3M redevelopment. Upgrading the building envelope, reconfiguring the ADA units, and rebuilding the front porch on Mountain Street so that seniors have zero-step entries into their apartments are a few of the highly anticipated renovations that will be taking place.
Pleasant Hills houses 18 seniors and people with disabilities. The property has a contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing rental subsidies to the tenants, so that no one has to pay more than 30% of their income to live there. Pleasant Hills is also an important community resource, hosting a "Support and Services at Home" (SASH) program which serves 50 area seniors in addition to those living at the property. The community room is home to myriad community events, from bingo nights to community meals. We are looking forward to preserving this important community asset for years to come.
ACCT has been building and renovating affordable multifamily housing since 2005. Some of our previous rehab projects include the restoration of historic properties on North Pleasant St in Middlebury (Peter Coe Village Apartments), and upgrades to the apartments at Pine Meadows. Most recently, we redeveloped the blighted Gevry Mobile Home Park in Waltham into a net-zero multifamily property of high performance Vermod duplexes, McKnight Lane.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and it can feel all too soon that our reflections of gratitude make way for the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a lesser-known installment in the Thanksgiving season, and luckily it offers us another chance not only to reflect on the things we are most grateful for, but to pay it forward for the year to come.
Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, that's Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and we hope you will consider making a gift to ACCT. Your donation helps ensure that low- and moderate-income people of Addison County have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home this holiday season. That's why we've decided to call it Giving Roofs Day, and we will be immensely thankful if you join our campaign!
Here's how to "give a roof" this year: visit http://bit.ly/GivingRoofsDay between 12:01am and 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 28 and make your gift online. This year, we are thrilled and thankful to announced that several generous sponsors will be matching all donations received by ACCT on Giving Tuesday dollar for dollar, up to $2,800!
Last year, ACCT met our $5,000 Giving Roofs Day goal, and this year we're aiming for $10,000. Your gift makes a difference to over a thousand county residents who call ACCT properties home. Please help us reach our goal by making a gift on Giving Tuesday and sharing the word with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@AddisonTrust)!
For the past seven years I have been working as the executive director of The Hut Teen Center in Middlebury. As the executive director I oversaw all aspects of the day to day operations of the Teen Center and ensured that the Center’s long-term vision, mission and financial objectives were met.
Before I began working with Teen Center I primarily worked in the field of construction, so, even when was working with the Teen Center fulltime, I continued to take on small construction projects. Things like remodeling bathrooms, repairing rot, and doing siding and painting. These small projects went to help fund my own construction projects so I could complete the house I purchased with my wife in Middlebury.
What I like to do in my time off from work changes with the season. In the summer I enjoy exploring the mountains of Vermont and soaking up the limited warm sunny days we have here in VT on our deck at home. Once the leaves change and we start getting some colder weather, I try and spend as much time as I can on Lake Champlain and in hidden sloughs and swamps hunting waterfowl.
Once the snow starts to fly I transition to snowboarding. Typically I snowboard at Suagarbush Mountain Resort, but with the ever-improving technology of splitboards, I find myself spending more time traveling uphill in the backcountry in search of untracked powder in the trees where the snow can only be accessed without a ticket and lift.
Although I miss working with the teen populations, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far here at ACCT. I have jumped right in on several projects including putting a final coat of asphalt at McKnight Lane, painting the exterior of several buildings before the end of the 2017 painting season, completing turnovers and assessing all of ACCT’s buildings in our portfolio to make sure they are operating at the highest possible standard.
I am looking forward to the start of the 2018 construction season and continuing to work with all of the ACCT employees, board members and community partners in developing, managing and preserving quality, affordable housing and providing supports for families, seniors and individuals.
Last month, ACCT said goodbye to our Community Engagement Coordinator, Melissa Nelson, whose efforts at ACCT pioneered our entire Community Engagement Program. Over the course of her AmeriCorps service year at ACCT, Melissa helped nearly 200 residents gain access to healthy food through an edible landscaping project at ACCT parks in Starksboro. Additionally, she helped 78 ACCT applicants and residents with housing placement services, and organized two dozen volunteers to lend a hand painting, raking, and doing other projects that enhanced our residents' housing. She also led the planning for our first Addison County Housing Summit, among myriad other activities that made ACCT and our properties a better place to live and work, and we are immensely grateful for her service.
This month, ACCT welcomes Ryan Gyukeri to the position of Community Engagement Coordinator. Ryan is a senior at UVM and we are very excited to have him on board for this next year of AmeriCorps Service.
Finally, our Community Engagement Program wouldn't be possible without the support of some very generous funders, including the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) that sponsors the VHCB AmeriCorps program in VT, and the Vermont Community Foundation's Walter Cerf Fund, which provided a generous grant to cover some of the costs. We are so thankful to be a part of such a generous community that supports affordable housing through grants and community service.
“SASH is a place where you can meet other people - different kinds of people - you can feel relaxed and go and have a good time. It's very well rounded, the number of programs that you're offered, I mean they do so much: the coloring and the walking groups and the exercise and the stretching. Just the whole gambit of things you can do - it really helps your mental health. I've found that my mood improves by going to things because we don't have anything going on here. SASH has been a godsend - I've been doing it for quite a while.”
This is just one response from SASH participants who were surveyed around the state in June 2017. The survey gathered qualitative information and received many positive anecdotes about the importance of the SASH program in participants' lives. ACCT's SASH program in Vergennes was one of the sites that was surveyed, and we are proud to see our residents reporting a better quality of life thanks to SASH.
Any interested ACCT residents or Addison County community members are invited to apply to a new pilot program, Jobs for Independence! If you are eligible for 3SquaresVT then you may apply to be a part of this job readiness and training program.
View the fliers below for more information, or visit CVOEO's website here: www.cvoeo.org
ACCT staff members share news and information about upcoming events.