Hundreds meet in Burlington to seek housing crisis solutions

Hundreds of housing professionals are getting together to talk about solving the state’s crisis.
Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 7:47 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Housing professionals gathered in Burlington Wednesday to find solutions to the state’s housing crisis.

The Vermont Statewide Housing Conference is the largest event of its kind in the state, with a record attendance this year of more than 400. Attendees included state legislators, housing developers, bankers, and advocates. The goal is to learn about the implications of this month’s election on housing and try to find innovative ways to address the crisis itself as well as other factors such as homelessness and discrimination.

“There’s so much to the housing crisis that we’re seeing, from the impact on people without homes to homeowners to everything in between. When we underdevelop our state and when we don’t have enough homes for people, then we don’t have enough workers, we don’t have enough child care spots, and it really impacts the entire economy when we don’t have safe affordable decent housing,” said Maura Collins with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency

This is the first time the conference has been held since the pandemic.