Living in affordable and safe homes located in healthy communities with opportunities for positive social interactions.

There is a lack of permanent and supportive housing for those with backgrounds prohibiting them from attaining subsidized housing. This cycle then increases their likelihood of high rent burden which can not be sustained. Our strategy is to develop a permanent and supportive housing program that will provide stable options for this population to achieve affordable housing

Measures and Indicators:

The Well Housed CAN is trying to turn the curve on cost burdened households in our region.

Outcome:

Everyone in Cal-Essex Counties is well-housed by 2020

% of households that spend 30% or more of income on housing from 2011–2015

  • Actual Value 36% 36%
  • Target Value ?% ?%

Story behind the curve: When households spend more than 30% of income on rent/mortgage that means they have less for other essentials such as food, clothing, healthcare, and transportation. For many families, rent burden is a financial burden that adversely affects their economic well-being, which is tenuous at best, as an unexpected drop in income could lead to eviction and homelessness.

Partners

Rural Edge and other housing organizations, landlords, NETO, state and local government

What Works?

Evidence-based/informed strategies include: Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8); Housing First and other service enriched programs; Housing meditation services (between landlords and tenants); Housing rehab grants and loans; Housing trusts; Weatherization Assistance Programs; Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs; Low income housing tax credits; mixed use development; rapid rehousing programs; healthy home environmental assessments

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Tools and Resources:

The Well Housed CAN is trying to turn the curve on cost burdened households in our region.

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How to Get Involved:

CAN members have strong expertise, influence, interest and/or resources in area of focus.

Currently Well Housed CAN members include representatives from:

  • Agency of Human Services

  • Hospital

  • Housing Agency

  • Town of St Johnsbury

  • FQHC/Home Health

  • Substance Use Disorder Hub

  • Community Action Agency

  • Council on Aging

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • NEK Learning Services

  • Vermont Department of Health

If you are interested in joining the CAN or want to learn more about our work contact Meg Burmeister at mburmeister@nekcouncil.org

Story Behind the Curve

Being physically active is one of the most important things adults can do to improve their health. Regular physical activity can reduce the burden of chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, and can prevent early death. Physical activity can also help people with chronic conditions manage their disease, as well as help manage weight, prevent falls, reduce depression, and may improve cognitive skills. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. Adults tend to spend long hours sitting at work or home in front of "screens". Additionally, the rural nature of Vermont has inadequate "active living" infrastructure.

Partners

Vermont Department of Health and Transportation. Local fitness facilities and recreation departments. Regional Planning Commissions. Local government.

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Photo of the Month: Each month we feature a photo in the Caledonian Record of people in our community having fun being active.  Send us an email with the photo (in digital format), names of any people in the photo, and the location of the photo.

Smoothie Bikes:  Looking for a fun way to add activity and good nutrition to your next school, church, worksite, or community event?  Borrow - free of charge - one or both of our smoothie bikes and enjoy the ride!

Pop Ups in the Parks:   Pop Ups in the Parks returns for 2021! Classes featuring  Essentrics/Tone/Stretch, Pound, Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba will be offered at the Main Street Park in St. Johnsbury and the Lyndon Bandstand Park in Lyndonville. Classes are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jen Grant at (802) 748-9405 ext. 1026 or email at jennifergr@nchcvt.org 

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Tools and Resources:

The Physically Healthy CAN is trying to turn the curve on physical activity in our region.

How to Get Involved:

Borrow a Smoothie Bike, submit a photo for the Photo of the Month,  download a copy of our Worksite Toolkit, or join one of our seasonal activities like Pop Ups in the Park.

Submit an active event for our event calendar so that others in the NEK can easily find fun and active things to do.

Or join our Collaborative Action Network.

CAN members have strong expertise, influence, interest and/or resources in area of focus.

Currently Physically Healthy CAN Members include representatives from:

  • Home Health
  • Healthcare
  • Towns of St. Johnsbury and Lyndon
  • Vermont Department of Health
  • Council on Aging
  • Lyndon Outing Club
  • Local Fitness Providers

If you are interested in joining the CAN or want to learn more about our work contact Jen Grant at jennifergr@nchcvt.org or Jesse Dimick at j.dimick@nvrh.org.

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