MONTPELIER, VT, August 23, 2021 – Today the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (RD) announced funding of $ 1,079,000 for the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) for the installation of a septic tank in the Lindale Mobile Home Park in Middlebury, Vermont. The investment is in the form of a loan of $ 203,000 and a grant of $ 876,000 under the R&D Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Other contributions to the project include $ 111,072 from ACCT, a $ 450,000 grant from the Vermont Community Development Block and $ 500,000 from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. USDA and ACCT also worked closely with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) to facilitate the project.
Cheryl Ducharme, Acting State Director of Rural Development at USDA, was pleased to make the recent announcement. “Water and waste solutions are essential to our mission to make the lives of people in rural Vermont safer, healthier and happier,” she said. “People need to feel comfortable and secure in their homes, and this investment will give Middlebury families new peace of mind about their lifestyle and well-being. We are proud of this funding and the many benefits it will bring.
ACCT Executive Director Elise Shanbacker is also confident that the project will have long-term impacts. “Lindale Mobile Home Park is a vital source of affordable housing for the workforce a few miles from downtown Middlebury,” she said. “This investment will replace 50-year-old dilapidated septic systems and ensure that the 67 families residing in Lindale will have clean drinking water and an affordable, sustainable place to live for generations to come.” “
Owned and operated to create affordable housing by Addison County Community Trust, Lindale Mobile Home Park sits on 38 acres off Highway 116, directly east of downtown Middlebury. Individual septic tanks were inadequate and posed a potential pollution problem. This project will therefore create a community system with a leaching field on 25 acres of recently purchased land.
Founded in 1989, ACCT has provided quality, affordable housing to low and moderate income Vermonters for over 30 years. As of 2021, ACCT owns and manages 670 affordable prefabricated apartments and housing units on an ongoing basis and provides homeownership grants for a portfolio of 75 single-family homes with shared capital. In addition, ACCT offers Home Support and Service (“SASH”) programs to nearly 200 senior and senior housing residents in the region.
The VHFA was established in 1974 to fund and promote affordable, safe and decent housing opportunities for low and moderate income Vermonters. Since its inception, VHFA has helped 29,000 first-time homebuyers, primarily and their families, buy a home. It also provides funding, development and management support, grant administration and tax credits for approximately 8,800 affordable apartments statewide. Every US state has a housing finance agency.
Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports housing, improved infrastructure, business development, high-speed Internet access, and community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you would like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.
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