ACCT's November Board meeting will be held as scheduled on the 4th Tuesday, 11/24/20, at 4pm. Please use the form below to register to receive the Zoom link.
There are still slots for residents of the five-town area to sign up for free meal delivery from local restaurants like Hired Hand. Delivery is available in some locations beyond the five towns as well, including Starksboro, so call 870-7199 to check for availability in your area.
With the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and the Governor's Executive Order prohibiting private gatherings, this holiday season is likely to come with extra challenges for many people. Many community organizations have stepped into the breach to make sure that resources are available to help people who might need a meal delivered this Thanksgiving. 2-1-1 has put together this helpful guide so you can find out what might be available in your area. From ACCT, we hope you have a safe and peaceful holiday.
At our staff meeting this month, ACCT welcomed two new members to our maintenance team, Ray Loree (second from bottom left) and Daryl DeMers (bottom center-left, on a ride-along for his first day with Maintenance Super Donnie Wall who joined ACCT in February). Be sure to give them a wave if you see them out and about at our properties!
On September 25th, friends of ACCT and Evernorth gathered to celebrate the launch of Vergennes Community Apartments at 45 Armory Lane. Almost 100 community members came out to take socially distanced property tours while enjoying live music in the outdoor picnic pavilion and pizza from the Pizzeria Verita mobile oven. Local businesses sponsored the event and helped ACCT raise over $12,000 for our affordable housing programs!
Thank you partners, funders, sponsors, and everyone who came out to make this event a huge success! We couldn't do our work without you and your support.
ACCT's regular September Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 28th at 4pm via Zoom. Please register using the form below to receive the Zoom link.
September Director's Report
ACCT is now accepting applications for upcoming vacancies at Pete Coe Village (North Pleasant Housing) and Stone Hill Apartments in Middlebury. Check out our Apartments webpage as our open waitlists are updated from time to time.
As part of the CARES Act, the Vermont Legislature allocated money to ACCD to help landlords fix up rental apartments that are currently substandard or not in use due to needing renovations. Landlords are eligible for grants of up to $30,000 that must be used by December 20, 2020. The apartments must then be rented at an affordable rent for five years, and priority will be given to landlords who agree to work with local service providers to rent to formerly homeless households. A 10% match from the landlord is also required.
The program is being administered in Addison County by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a nonprofit organization based in Rutland. ACCT is helping to spread the word. Refer to this flier for more information, and contact CJ at NWWVT with questions:
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
110 Marble Street, West Rutland, VT 05777
Conicia Jackson, RENTAL Repair Coordinator
Vermont Integrated Architecture, who designed the building, recently featured the results of the very promising blower door test on the building. The following is re-posted from their newsletter, WAYWORD:
"In January, the Vergennes Community Housing project underwent its construction-phase blower door test. BVH Integrated Services, commissioning consultant for the project, conducted the test and found that the 23,470 sf building, which includes 24 housing units, had a leakage rate of .017 CFM at 50 pascals per sf (5-sided surface area). This rate is within the range of “ultra-tight air barriers” or Passive House standard. According to BVH, this building is on track to be one of the tightest commercial buildings in New England.
VIA has had very good air leakage results over the years with single-family residential projects, with a variety of builders. But this result is truly exciting for a building of this size. Jean Terwilliger, project architect, credits Neagley & Chase’s crew for their excellent oversight of air sealing throughout construction. “We can always design this level of air barrier into a project,” says Jean, “but it’s up to the contractors to pay close attention to it every step of the way.” Neagley & Chase took special care to adequately seal further penetrations as construction progressed.
The apartments are almost finished, with punch-list work ongoing and landscaping starting in the coming weeks. Slated for completion in early September, the building is leasing now and will be ready for occupancy October 1st."
ACCT staff members share news and information about upcoming events.