MORE THAN HOUSING

Downstreet strives to help Vermonters find everything they need for a safe, decent and permanently affordable home.

Part of what makes a house or apartment truly “home” is the nature of the surrounding community in which it is located. Downstreet builds strong communities through a genuine interest in the perceived needs of residents, which guides us in our community development projects.

Downstreet has established a new “Green Team” to formalize the organization’s efforts to improve and expand environmentally responsible practices in all lines of business, to educate residents on green practices within their homes and to promote green living in all of the properties in our portfolio.

Our HomeOwnership Center staff is trained to help Vermonters with any and all of their financial counseling needs: setting a household budget, credit counseling and/or repair, foreclosure prevention, foreclosure counseling, and more.

Our home-buyer education workshops walk potential home-buyers through every step of the home-buying process and allow them to become eligible for down-payment and closing cost assistance.

Downstreet offers property rehabilitation loans for access modifications, to resolve health and safety issues, and to meet Housing Quality Standards or correct municipal or state code violations.

Downstreet’s Real Estate Development department works to provide community development projects that improve the quality of life for all residents.

Downstreet addresses the shortage of affordable housing and the housing affordability gap for low and moderate income residents, in part, through rental properties. All of our apartments include heat, hot water, trash and snow removal, as well as 24 hour emergency maintenance.

Downstreet has a variety of homes for sale throughout Central Vermont, many of which come with down-payment and closing cost assistance to income-eligible buyers.

SASH is an integrated team-based care management model with a goal of providing a seamless system of at-home services and support so that individuals can remain in their homes throughout their lives.

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About Downstreet

Founded in 1987, Downstreet Housing & Community Development was originally known as Central Vermont Community Land Trust. As our scope of work and services expanded beyond the stewardship of land associated with resident-owned homes, it became necessary to update our name to more accurately reflect our organizations’ goals and services. Downstreet is a Vermont colloquialism referring to the center of the community or the heart of the community, sometimes used in place of “downtown.” Downstreet Housing & Community Development strives to enrich the hearts of communities throughout Central Vermont, whether they are located in the town or the country. We are headquartered “downstreet” in Barre. Downstreet’s staff of 24 full-time employees and 3 part-time employees create opportunities for long-term, safe and decent housing and create strong and diverse communities throughout Central Vermont.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  • We commit time and resources to ensuring financial and operational stability.
  • We connect the people we serve with Capital and Education with the clear goal of reducing generational poverty.
  • We demonstrate quality and expertise in all aspects of our work.
  • We provide access to affordable housing across all demographics.
  • We place critical value on our interrelated web of relationships.

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