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Yestermorrow Hosts Spring Affordable Housing Speaker Series

Building Affordability: Yestermorrow Hosts Spring Affordable Housing Speaker Series

Yestermorrow Design/Build School is hosting a series of local experts who will present on the topic of affordable and “missing middle” housing, Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8 p.m., March 27 through April 24. These events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Yestermorrow main studio, and will also be accessible online. For more details please visit yestermorrow.org/events.

March 27: Yestermorrow Looks Toward Tomorrow: Affordable Housing at the Core of our Strategic Planning Goals with Britton Rogers, Executive Director

Executive Director Britton Rogers will discuss Yestermorrow’s strategic planning process and afforable housing initiatives. Yestermorrow seeks to address the need for more affordable, sustainable housing in the Mad River Valley through case studies of small-scale dwellings like tiny houses, modular homes, and accessory dwelling units. In the initial phases, this will take the form of staff, student, and instructor housing on our Waitsfield campus. Join us to learn in more detail about the next chapter of Yestermorrow’s impact in our community.

April 3: Affordable Housing: Understanding Local and Global Approaches with Anya Brickman Raredon

Drawing from her experience in over 20 countries, Anya Brickman Raredon will share examples of housing ecosystem analyses that have led to the development of programs, policies, and projects to increase access and affordability of housing around the world. Whether in the US, an emerging economy, or a post-disaster environment, successful housing markets arise when the underlying value chains of supply and demand are synchronized to respectively produce houses (supply) and finance (demand) at compatible price points. Anya will describe how the Affordable Housing Institute uses a practical, rigorous, and comprehensive methodology to understand and evaluate a local housing market, identify key levers for change, and to design and implement new paradigm solutions for urgent affordable housing and urban development challenges.

April 10: Waitsfield 10: A DIY Housing Development Case Study with Mac Rood

Mac Rood will present and explain the process that he and Bobbi went through to create an eight-house affordable housing project on their ten acre parcel in Waitsfield as well as a larger project in Hinesburg. The intent is to highlight both the hurdles and rewards of creating such a project and to hopefully encourage others to consider developing their own projects, be it one house or twenty four.

April 17: Small Scale, Big Impact with Kaziah Haviland

Join Kaziah Haviland, Project Manager at Downstreet Housing and Community Development, for an overview of how individuals and land owners can expand affordable housing options in the Mad River Valley through small scale affordable housing development. It will focus on local zoning regulations, potential funding streams, and programs which make it easier for individuals to create housing solutions in their own backyards.

April 24: Homes for All: State-Level Housing Solutions That Can Deliver with Amy Tomasso

Today, Vermont’s home production is principally producing large, expensive single-family homes on large and mid-size lots, and large-scale multi-family apartments. Vermonters looking for housing options in-between, like a duplex or four-plex, cooperative housing, senior housing units, age-friendly homes, or townhouse condominium — commonly referred to as Missing Middle Housing — have very limited options. In this final lecture of the spring speaker series, we’ll explore key state-level policy and initiatives to deliver missing middle and infill housing solutions to communities across Vermont. Then, we’ll dive into one innovative project, Homes for All: A ‘Design & Do’ Toolkit for Small-scale Home Builders, Investors & Community Leaders. The Toolkit, which includes a Builders’ Workbook, Missing Middle Homes Design Guide, and five Vermont Neighborhood Infill Case Studies, is chock-full of resources for emerging and aspiring small-scale developers and local housing champions — learn how the Toolkit can help you create and support diverse, affordable housing options for all Vermonters.