At a meeting on May 10, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board awarded $6,656,970 in VHCB funding, Housing Revenue Bond funds, and federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for the construction or rehabilitation of 72 affordable homes and to conserve 5,650 acres of natural areas and public recreational lands and 617 acres of farmland.

Gus Seelig, VHCB executive director, said, “These awards will bring state and federal funds to towns throughout Vermont, helping to support the agricultural economy, to create new and rehabilitated homes for low- and moderate-income Vermonters, and to protect water quality and wildlife corridors, secure public access to multi-use trail systems, and add to state forests. Forestland conservation projects in Stowe, Londonderry and Windham open public access to more than 4,000 acres, while the redevelopment of New Avenue Apartments is a long-awaited opportunity for community improvement in St. Johnsbury. The Board is proud to support these important initiatives around the state.”

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