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VCLF’s thorough understanding of our work, commitment to our mission and appreciation of our track record makes them a valued partner to us. Because of that, people have places to live that are safe, secure and affordable.

Brenda Torpy
Champlain Housing Trust

September 2011


Housing Vermont, a statewide affordable housing developer and tax credit
syndicator, honored Neil Mickenberg, Burlington, and Will Belongia, Executive
Director of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, for their outstanding
contributions to the provision of affordable housing in Vermont.

The awards were presented at Housing Vermont’s annual meeting on September 8
in Burlington. “It’s our pleasure to publicly recognize the work of these two
talented and committed individuals,” said Housing Vermont President Nancy
Owens. “In different ways, Neil and Will have demonstrated the deep and lasting
impact that individuals can make.”

Since its founding in 1988, the nonprofit Housing Vermont has raised more than
$218 million in private equity to finance 144 affordable rental housing
developments throughout the State. This equity has leveraged an additional $320
million in private financing and public investment. The 4,244 apartments created
or renovated in these efforts serve low and moderate income Vermonters
including seniors and those with special needs.

The Miles Jensen Award is presented annually by Housing Vermont to an
individual who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to affordable
housing. Neil Mickenberg was recognized with the award for his leadership of the
state commission which examined the delivery of affordable housing and
conservation and for his many years of service as legal counsel to nonprofit
housing organizations.

In presenting the award to Neil, Kenn Sassorossi said, “From his work to preserve
Northgate Apartments more than 20 years ago to serving as the chair of the
commission, Neil has consistently demonstrated his firm commitment to social
justice and to accepting difficult challenges.”

Housing Vermont also recognized outstanding work by housing professionals
through the presentation of the Michael M. Richardson Award. The award,
dedicated to the memory of Mike Richardson who was the founding president of
Housing Vermont, was presented to Will Belongia, President of the Vermont
Community Loan Fund. Will started at the Loan Fund in 1993, became
comptroller in 1995, CFO in 1998, and executive director in 2004.