Firehouse Apartments has been making great progress this summer despite the wet weather. Kitchen finishes are being installed and siding is going up. All of the units have been filled and will lease up in September and October. We can't wait to cut the ribbon on these 20 new homes this fall.
Work was expected to begin on July 12, but was delayed due to the catastrophic flooding that struck Vermont this week. Thankfully, the flooding spared Lazy Brook and other ACCT properties, and our hearts go out to those communities who were not so lucky. Our hope is that this work will prevent future such catastrophes from striking the park.
ACCT held its Annual Meeting on May 25, at which time we elected new Board members and presented our 2022 Annual Report. We are thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors. They bring a wealth of experience and passion to our dedicated Board, including lived experience, legal expertise, and financial acumen.
Marie Lennon (Resident Member)
I am disabled and have been since 2010. Before that I worked for 22 years as a nurse, I mainly did nursing home nursing. I am on the Board for Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and feel very strongly about this. I like to sew and I make homemade cards for holidays, and birthdays. I love to read books by Nora Robert's and I host a book club on Zoom every Thursday evening
Karen Lueders (General Member)
I am lawyer located in Bristol, with an area of practice that includes real estate, including representation of folks who have purchased property that contain shared equity covenants, and other restrictive covenants having to do with the goals of perpetual affordability. In my early years of practice I worked as a public defender and also worked in juvenile law and understand deeply the importance of housing as a stable and centering force in people’s lives and vital to supporting the well-being of families and children and students and expanding to include all of society. I have served on a number of Addison County non-profit boards over the years including on the Addison County Habitat for Humanity Board.
Louise Sandberg (General Member)
My professional background is as a banker. My role before retirement was as the Sr. EVP of People’s United Bank, managing the Wealth Management Division. Prior to that I managed retail division for Chittenden Bank and held a variety of positions earlier in my career. I have serviced and held leadership positions on non-profit boards for over 40 years including CSAC, Porter Medical Center, United Way of Fairfield County and numerous other organizations.
Sarah Star (General Member)
I have been practicing criminal and juvenile law in Middlebury for 17 years. Currently, the majority of my work is in the Vermont Supreme Court, where I represent parents whose children have been removed by the State of Vermont. My interest in serving on the board is based on my experience representing children and parents who have experienced family separation due to lack of adequate housing, services and other supports. I want to help ensure that housing is not a barrier to family unity for Addison County residents.
ACCT is lucky to be able to partner with the DREAM program in Middlebury, which provides mentoring and enrichment aimed at closing the opportunity gap for low-income kids. This summer, seven youth are enrolled and participating at an ACCT Camp DREAM site. The summer program is offering a wide range of engaging and exciting activities designed to provide youth with fun and enriching experiences. Each day is structured to incorporate a variety of options that cater to different interests. Here are some highlights so far:
Addison Housing Works staff members share news and information about upcoming events.