Central Office Housing Development Survey
The following are a selected few of the broad trends and specific issues that emerged from the Housing Development Scan, a two-month investigation into the characteristics of all the developments in the state of Vermont that might have been potential candidates for DREAM partnerships. Our criteria were for developments with 10 or more non-elderly units, where tenants receive a federal subsidy to assist their rent payments. The study includes both privately and publicly-managed developments across the state.
Trends by Management Type Private Managers are the Majority: The vast majority of developments are managed by private owners. Private managements frequently employ off-site managers and almost never have Tenant Service Coordinators or a budget for services. Pre-DREAM Mentoring Presence: Some developments already have fledgling mentoring programs, either with colleges, or with high schools.
Tenant Characteristics/ Demographics Refugee/Immigrant Populations: The state of Vermont is a site for refugee resettlement, primarily for individuals and families fleeing Bosnia and Vietnam, with small immigrant streams from the Congo and eastern European countries. Resettlement efforts focus in Burlington and Montpelier. Richer Tenants Qualify for ‘Low Income’ Subsidies: More people who are relatively wealthier are qualifying for low-income housing, and moving in. These residents are typically better tenants in that they work more consistently, create community, prioritize their children’s education, etc. but their presence indicates that more needy people are not receiving housing in developments. Increasing Drug Traffic in VT: There has been an increase in heavy drug traffic in Vermont over the last several years. Rutland, in particular, has experienced some bad incidents
Summary of Issues Facing Vermont Developments
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Lack of Parental Supervision: Lack of parental supervision is the single most frequent concern held by development property managers and tenant service coordinators. Cycle of Poverty: Managers, especially of larger developments with higher numbers of poor residents, commented on the difficulty of putting many people with the same kinds of problems into a small and isolated space. A common suggestion was that people bearing similar stresses exacerbated each other’s issues. Lack of Access to Recreational Facilities: In addition to a lack of safe green space outdoors, Total VT Developments by County most developments do not have access to facilities, outdoor or indoor, where children can 60 play, learn, study, or participate in healthy, 49 50 constructive, supervised activities. Stigma Associated with Developments: There 40 is a significant social stigma attached to many of 30 the developments. Managers noted that at school, 19 18 children are treated differently because they live in 20 16 13 a development. 11 11 9 9 8 7 10 6 Lack of Male Role Models: Because a majority of 2 families is headed by a single woman, there are 0 not enough older, responsible men for the children to look up to and learn from.
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