OTHER WEB SITES
The following list are web sites that might be of interest to the elders and persons with disabilities living in Grand Isle County, Vermont. If you know of one that is not listed please contact the C.I.D.E.R. office by e-mail or phone (1-802-372-6425).
On April 1, 2008, CHAMP took over as the manager of Good Hope Farm. We have begun renovating the facility and are offering boarding and lessons for able-bodied riders as well as continuing our historic program for children and adults with special needs. The barn is filling up with boarders, we’ve acquired some new horses for our program and our summer camps, part of CHAMP’s new expanding program, have been a success. The fall sessions are being expanded to 8 weeks instead of the traditional six. We believe that we’ve gotten off to a really good start as we begin our third decade.
Since 1987 CHAMP has been a therapeutic resource, providing horseback riding experiences for people with special needs from both Franklin and Chittenden Counties amd the Champlain Islands. The achievement of our goals depends on the generosity of many people. While some volunteer to work directly with the horses and riders, others contribute a wide variety of services and financial support.
HomeShare Vermont provides matching services for homesharing and caregiving. HomeShare Vermont assists elders and persons with disabilities to live independently in their own homes by bringing them together with persons who seek affordable housing and/or caregiving opportunities. HomeShare Vermont provides a comprehensive screening and matching service and our services are available to anyone in Chittenden and Grand Isle County, Vermont.
The Champlain Valley Agengy on Aging (CVAA) is a private, non-profit, United Way organization. We support people 60 and older in their efforts to remain active, healthy, financially secure, and in control of their own lives. CVAA connects older people with the services they need to live independently for as long as possible.
The State of Vermont Department of Aging and Independent Living (DAIL)
DAIL assists older persons, children and adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible.
Lake Champlain Housing Development Corporation (LCHDC)is a non-profit organization that is devoted to the development, restoration and preservation of affordable rental housing and apartments within Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties of Vermont. A sister organization, Lake Champlain Housing Ventures (LCHV), provides financially responsible property management and maintenance services for affordable rental housing and apartments within Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties of Vermont.
The Franklin-Grand Isle United Way is one of 1400 United Ways in the United States. Celebrating our 24th year of service, it is an independent, nonprofit organization overseen by a local volunteer board of directors. It is the largest non-governmental fundraiser for human services in our community. The mission of the FGI Uniter Way is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.
Here’s how they can help you:
- Home Buyer Education – We help you determine if homeownership is right for you, help you through the process of buying a home step by step, and provide post-purchase support. Our Orientations are offered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. All services are explained at that meeting. If you decide to work with us, you complete a confidential personal profile. There is a small fee for a credit report and workshop materials. Next you attend one of our monthly Home Buyer Workshops. We work together on your home buying plan. From there you can take advantage of all our other services and programs listed below.
- Credit and Budget Counseling – If you need to rebuild your credit or would like guidance on budgeting toward buying a home, we offer private counseling.
- Financial Assistance – We help you find the most affordable home financing options, which may include help with down payment and closing costs. Our staff helps you contact the lender you choose and works with you every step of the way.
- Special Lender Programs – We guide you to the resources that help you buy the most home for your money.
- Home Maintenance Education- Make the most of your home and keep it in great shape by sitting in on our home maintenance/repair and lawn and garden care workshops led by experts in the field.
- Home Rehab Planning and Loans – We work with you to make a post inspection rehab plan to ensure you have the resources to fix any problems in your new home.
- Delinquency Intervention – If you get behind in your mortgage payments, we work with you to get you back on track and in good standing.
Many older Americans owe their health in part to new and improved medicines. But using them may be risky, especially when several medications are used at once. To help avoid risk, older adults can now turn to a new website for helpful information about how to take medicines safely and manage them wisely. The new US Government website, www,NIHSeniorHealth.gov, offers information about how medicines act in the body, how to take medicines safely, and what research there is on new medications.
The Mission of CVOEO is to address fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and to work with low-income people to achieve economic independence.
FGICA provides a variety of free services to help low-income residents of the two counties including assistance with housing, fuel, food, landlord/tenant issues, food stamp applications, nutrition education, budget information and taxes.
Programs specific to FGICA include:
- “Next Step”, which provides regular help to clients interested in long-term problem solving and decision-making. Creating or perfecting a family budget is one of the main ways Next Step assists clients. In addition, clients receive help utilizing community resources such as Adult Basic Education and services through the Vermont Department of Employment and Training.
- The Garden Project is a partnership with the Vermont Department of Corrections in which residents of the Northwest State Correctional Facility volunteer to farm six acres of facility land. The residents benefit from the educational lessons regarding garden management provided through the Correctional Facilities educational programs, and enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community. The several thousand pounds of organic vegetables grown each year are shared between the facility kitchen and the FGICA Emergency Food Shelf.
- The Child & Adult Care Food Program is intended to help registered/licensed Day Care Homes and Legally Exempt Day Care Providers provide nutritious meals for the children in their day care. FGICA staff assists an average of 95 providers feed between 800 and 900 children breakfast/snack, lunch and dinner. Working parents can feel secure knowing their children are enjoying healthy eating habits.
This guide aims to help persons of low income gain an understanding of the options available when it comes to finding affordable housing and getting a mortgage. By the end of this guide the reader should have a better grasp of the following:
- The advantages and disadvantages of home ownership for low income earners.
- How to determine whether the home you are interested in really is affordable.
- The process for finding, getting a contract on, and closing on your new home.
- The responsibility for budgeting for incidentals.
- Considerations regarding homelessness and home ownership.
- Programs that may help you achieve your dream of home ownership.
General information pertaining to the history of Grand Isle County, Vermont.