Addison Housing Works (formerly ACCT) offers our sincere condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy that occurred at McKnight Lane last Friday. We are devastated at the terrible loss being experienced by our community. The safety of our properties is of utmost importance to us and we will continuously work within our power to ensure our properties are as safe as possible.
The Vermont State Police is conducting its investigation into this matter. We have and will continue to cooperate and work with the police. To the extent that residents have concerns related to or information about the police investigation, please direct questions and concerns to the Vermont State Police.
We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community during this difficult time. Your strength and compassion are a source of inspiration that will light our way forward as we continue to seek to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for our neighbors across Addison County.
Take the Public Survey!
Do You Have an Opinion on Truck Traffic in Downtown Vergennes?
We Need to Hear from You!
A major new public survey is now available for residents of Vergennes and the surrounding area to make your voice heard.
Can we reduce the impact of truck traffic on those who live, work, shop, and eat in downtown Vergennes without unreasonably affecting the communities that surround Vergennes or the delivery of the things we need in our daily lives?
Tell us what you think at www.vergennespel.com/survey. The survey closes Monday, September 25.
You’ve been hearing about possible changes for some years and now the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission are taking an in-depth look at a number of options that range from new roadways to improvements to existing roadways to no changes to current traffic flows.
Got questions after you finish the survey? Fresh off six years as Community Liaison on the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project, Jim Gish has been hired in a similar capacity for this phase of the VT 22A project and he is looking forward to hearing from you. Email him at email@example.com.
Each year, Addison County Community Trust gathers our community together to celebrate our affordable housing achievements and raise support for our efforts to address the current housing crisis. On Friday September 15th, hundreds of neighbors will gather on the Town Green in Middlebury to show support for affordable housing in Addison County at a crucial crossroads, while enjoying live performances by Moira Smiley and The Grift (thanks to the musicians and Deppman Law for providing the music!)
SAVE THE DATE: Friday Sept. 15th 4-8pm. (We acknowledge the conflict with Rosh Hashanah and apologize for the scheduling oversight—we hope to see those of you who can’t attend at future events.)
Learn more & reserve tickets at www.addisontrust.org/addison-housing-rocks
We are so grateful to our sponsors for making this event possible, especially our Diamond Sponsor Deppman Law.
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.