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Posted: September 24, 2020

Advance Care Planning (ACP)  Information meeting Wednesday, September 30th at  10 am.

“Support Group in the Time of COVID” meeting beginning on October 13, 2020.

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ACP Poster

Covid Support Group

Posted: September 21, 2020

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships will hold their meeting on September 28, 2020 5:30pm. Click on the link below for more details:

Board Meeting Agenda September 28 2020
Posted: September 21, 2020

URGENT!

The timeline to complete the Census has been shortened to September 30th. We are not doing that great compared to other states https://2020.mapvt.com/.  It is critical that  everyone respond, so our community gets its fair share of funding for essential services and representation. Please complete the census before the deadline of September 30th.  Thank you.

Census tutorials in different languages

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Posted: September 10, 2020

Submit a school meal application today!

Start the year off right by completing and submitting
a school meal application. Making sure everyone
applies for school meals helps our school bring in
more money to feed and educate students.
School meals are healthy, kid-friendly, and
convenient. Being approved for free school meals
means your student eats breakfast and lunch for free
the entire school year- saving your family hundreds
of dollars, as well as time and energy.

Click on the link below for more information:

SchoolMealAppFlyer-Fall2020

Posted: September 10, 2020

The Town of Brattleboro is considering making application to the State of Vermont for a VCDP Implementation Grant 2020 under the Vermont Community Development Program. A public hearing will be held at 06:15 PM on 9/15/2020 via a zoom call. For information contact the Town Manager’s Office at 230 Main St, Brattleboro, VT .

For more information click on the links below:

Public Notice 2020

VCDP Implementation Grant 2020

Posted: September 10, 2020

September 16, 2020 10 -11 am Brattleboro Area Hospice’s Taking Steps Brattleboro (TSB) program will host a zoom Advance Care Planning/Advance Directive Question and Answer Information session next Wednesday, September 16, 2020. If you are interested in attending, please contact Don Freeman by email: don.freeman@brattleborohospice.org  or calling 802.257.0775 ext 101 and leave your contact information so you can receive the emailed zoom invitation and/or telephone call-in number.

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ACP Poster
Posted: August 24, 2020
NOW HIRING:

Full time Support And Services at Home (SASH) Coordinator-Details on our Career Opportunities page.

Posted: August 18, 2020

The Town of Brattleboro has received 3000 cloth face coverings from the State of VT to distribute to the public at no…

Posted by Brattleboro Fire Department on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Posted: August 4, 2020

Attention: Melrose and Hayes Court Residents

There is a tropical storm approaching. As always when a storm is approaching, Brattleboro Housing Partnerships and the Fire Department track the storm to make sure we are prepared for any flooding that may occur.

Currently, there is no concern of flooding, however it is a good time to remind residents that it is always good to pack a to-go bag just in case of an emergency. Please refer to our to-go bag checklist for ideas of what to pack.

We are airing on the side of caution.  We will notify residents if we have any additional concerns so please be sure your phone number is updated with us.

Click the link below for the to-go bag checklist:

To go bag

Posted: August 4, 2020

EVERYONE EATS

Because of Tropical Storm Isaias they have made the decision to cancel the distribution today but they will be back up and running on Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 at 80 Flat St. parking lot. (Please note: our only public distribution site is at 80 Flat St.)”

Posted: July 29, 2020
WSESU School Calendar for 2020-2021

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2020-2021 School Calendar

Posted: July 27, 2020
Starting on Saturday, August 1, there is a mandate for all Vermonters to wear face masks or cloth facial coverings any time they are in a public place, indoors or outdoors, where they will come into contact with others. This face mask needs to cover your nose and mouth.
There is not a required mask mandate for people who are doing strenuous activity, anyone under the age of 2, any child or adult with a medical or developmental issue that is complicated by a facial covering, or anyone who has difficulty breathing.
It is important to continue to protect yourself and others from the spread of the virus. Please wear face coverings, keep a 6-foot distance from others, wash hands frequently, and stay home when sick.
If you need a face mask, please call Jenn Short, assistant property manager at Brattleboro Housing Partnerships, at 246-1533.
By taking these precautions we can do our part to keep COVID-19 from spreading in our community.
Take care and be well, Jenna Ross, RN. SASH Wellness Nurse
Posted: July 21, 2020

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships will hold their meeting on July 27, 2020 5:30pm. Click on the link below for more details:

BHP Agenda for July 27, 2020 meeting
Posted: July 13, 2020
Empathy and Understanding during the COVID pandemic
It has been 3 months since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Vermont. We have learned a lot in the past three months about the virus, how it spreads, and prevention. We know that wearing masks is a key part of reducing the spread of the virus from person to person. Despite this, some people still aren’t wearing masks, why?
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Posted: July 10, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM SASH:

Empathy and Understanding during the COVID pandemic

It has been 3 months since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Vermont. We have learned a lot in the past three months about the virus, how it spreads, and prevention. We know that wearing masks is a key part of reducing the spread of the virus from person to person. Despite this, some people still aren’t wearing masks, why?

For some, it can be physically difficult to wear a mask, for others, emotionally difficult. Wearing a mask restricts breathing and can be even worse for people that already have a medical condition that affects their breathing. Difficulty breathing can be scary and could cause anxiety. Also, masks trap in heat and the face is very sensitive to increases in temperature. Warm breath in a mask can make some people feel overheated. Some people associate medical masks with bad or sad memories such as, when a loved one was sick, or in the hospital. Others may find it challenging to not be able to see people’s facial expressions.

Even with all of these challenges, the good news is that most people can learn to tolerate wearing a mask. Some tips to help with this are:

Think positive – “I’m going to make this work.”

Practice!  Start at home for just 1 to 5 minutes at a time and gradually wear the mask for longer times.  Wear the mask while watching TV or making dinner.  Start with short walks inside the house and then outside.

Try different types or styles of masks

Repeat a mantra “this too shall pass”

Brush your teeth before wearing, chew gum, or suck on hard candy

Try adding essential oils, such as lavender, to your mask for calming

If you are still unable to wear a mask, here are some tips to consider:

Talk to your doctor or a therapist

Call ahead to stores or other businesses to ask about their policy before you visit

Be patient with yourself.  Do the best you can.

Wearing masks can help keep everyone safe by reducing the spread of the virus. We strongly encourage you to wear masks when you are out in public or around others. If you see someone not wearing a mask be patient, ask them to wear a mask if you are comfortable doing so, and if need be, limit in-person contact with them for the time being. Together, and with a bit of kindness, we can get through this.

Posted: July 1, 2020

BHP Residents-

The State of Vermont has implemented mandatory composting as of July 1st. Brattleboro Housing Partnerships will be slowly phasing into this with two properties at a time.

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships has been working with the Windham Solid Waste Management to make a plan that can be user friendly for you.

When we are set up to compost in your neighborhood you will be receiving a robocall and flyers to inform you of how this will work and what you need to compost.

For more information, please contact property management at 802-254-6071.

We appreciate your help with this new regulation. Thank you.

Posted: June 30, 2020

While we have been very lucky in Vermont to not see as many COVID-19 cases as other places, we are still seeing positive cases in Brattleboro and in other towns next to Brattleboro including towns in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

As we see restrictions changing it is important to stay vigilant in taking safety precautions. The Vermont Department of Health says we can all do our part by following the four rules of thumb to protect ourselves and prevent spread of the virus. 1. wear face coverings 2. keep a 6-foot distance from others 3. wash hands frequently 4. stay home when sick.

Posted: June 26, 2020
Resident Rent Information:

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts.

Unfortunately, there has been misinformation circulating online and in the media about what the current crisis means for those who rent.  Our hope is to eliminate any confusion.

Residents are expected to pay their rent as usual.

BHP does not allow for repayments agreements for past due rent. During this time landlords are unable to file a termination for nonpayment with the court however once it is lifted it is BHP’s obligation to take legal action on all past due accounts.

BHP does not want you to fall behind in rent, because once you fall behind it is extremely difficult to get back on track.  You can take action now to prevent future court proceedings and cost. The last thing anyone wants is for your housing to be in jeopardy.

If you have suffered a job loss or other substantial loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to pay rent, we encourage you to notify us as soon as possible to report a change in income.  Please be aware that if you do not contact us to let us know that you have been affected by COVID-19, we will not know that you may need assistance during these unprecedented times.

If you are in need of  assistance finding resources in your area, you should contact Lorelei Morrissette, Resident Wellness & Services Manager at 802-246-1545. Many people in the community need help right now, so do not delay in calling.

If you have questions about the rent amount owed please call Property Management at 802-254-6071.

We hope this helps to clarify any questions you may have.

Posted: April 13, 2020 
HCRS Warm Line Opens to Community-

1-800-917-1622

Our toll-free phone support line is now open to the community 7 days per week from 7:30 am – 10:30 pm. Originally set up to serve our clients, our Warm Line has been expanded to support anyone in our communities. The phone line is staffed by professionally trained HCRS staff who can offer support to people who are struggling to cope with the increased stress and anxiety resulting from the COVID-19 public health crisis.

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, please call our Warm Line (1-800-917-1622) today! We’re here to help.

Posted: March 23, 2020

Please DO NOT flush wipes- including the flushable type. Emergency work orders, such as a backed up toilet, requires maintenance staff to leave their homes and enter into yours. This puts everyone at risk. Please take this small step to help us all stay healthy.

Posted: March 20 , 2020

A friendly reminder to all Brattleboro Housing Partnerships residents; although the main office is closed, everyone is expected to continue paying rent as usual. As always, if you have experienced a cut in work hours or lost benefits, notify us right away. Brattleboro Housing is continuing to collect mail and accept items left in the drop box at our main office at Melrose Terrace. Drop boxes will NOT be checked at any other housing site. Please contact Property Management during regular business hours Monday through Friday with any questions or concerns.

Posted: March 16, 2020
To:                   Brattleboro Housing Partnerships Residents
From:            Christine Hazzard, Executive Director
Subject:        Response to COVID-19
Date:              March 16, 2020

As I’m sure you know, COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, presents a serious risk to public health especially to older people, and those suffering from respiratory and other chronic illnesses.

Many of our residents fall into one or both of these categories, so we are taking several steps, based on the guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help reduce the chance that our residents, staff or community get sick.

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships operation precautions at this time:

Beginning Monday, March 16th many of our staff will be working remotely. The main BHP office as well as property site offices will be closed until further notice. You may continue to contact us via phone 802-254-6071. Staff will be able to do most day to day activities over the phone and through the mail.  If we do not answer, please press zero and leave a message.  Staff will be checking messages throughout the day.

Extra business reply envelopes will be at each site.  Please use these for rents, and other correspondence to BHP.  You may also drop off envelopes at our main BHP office drop box at Melrose Terrace.  Do not use property site drop boxes, these will not be checked.

Maintenance staff will be concentrating on daily cleaning and emergency work orders only.  If you have an emergency work order we want you call it in. An emergency work order is loss of power, no heat, no hot water,  refrigerator not working, entire oven range not working,  water leaks, lock outs, toilets not working (try to plunge first).  You will be asked a series of questions about recent illness before a staff member enters your apartment. When staff enters please go into a different part of the apartment from where they will be working.

Effective Monday, March 16th all community rooms and shared kitchens are closed.

Effective Monday March 16th all resident gatherings, community meetings and activities are suspended.

BHP support staff will be reaching out to residents on a regular basis to check in about health needs and supplies. If you need to talk to a support person please call the main number at 802-254-6071 to be connected.   Please make sure BHP has a current phone number for you.

If you are leaving your apartment to stay with someone else for more than a day, please let staff know so we are not concerned.

 

What you can do:

We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect the people who, if they catch the virus, could become very, very sick.  This is a time for us to work together to make sure that our most vulnerable neighbors, friends and loved ones stay safe.

If you are sick, call your primary care provider and inform them of your symptoms.

Stop the spread of germs by social distancing, washing hands, and staying in if you are sick. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference.

Call to check in on elderly and or immune compromised friends and family.

We will continue to post updates at your property sites, on our Facebook page and at www.brattleborohousing.org

Be kind and patient with BHP staff and your neighbors.  Everyone is worried.  This is the time to show how strong and caring we are as a community.

 

 

 

These changes will be in effect until the Vermont Department of Health advises otherwise. 

Posted: March 13, 2020
Message from the Executive Director, Christine Hazzard

Increased Safety and Health Precautions

Dear BHP Residents,

Last week Brattleboro Housing Partnerships (BHP) distributed information about COVID-19 and precautions to take to keep yourself and others safe.  BHP staff recognize that residents may be increasingly anxious about the virus.  I’d like to share the extra steps BHP has taken to increase health safety precautions and to the minimize anxiety of residents.

As of last week BHP staff have:

  • BHP has been receiving daily,  updated info from the VT. Dept. Of Health and basing plans and decisions on this information.
  • BHP has increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including offices, lobbies, elevators, door handles, public bathrooms, etc.) and have continued to use CDC approved disinfectant for killing viruses.
  • BHP has canceled programming with outside community members at Red Clover Commons, Hayes Court, and the Samuel Elliot Apartments as a precaution.
  • BHP will continue to adjust onsite programing for residents based on updated information.
  • BHP staff must wash their hands with antibacterial soap and/or use hand sanitizers before and after entering an apartment and before and after meeting with residents. Staff  are wearing protective gloves when appropriate.
  • BHP is continuing to stock and clean public bathrooms to ensure residents are able to also wash their hands as frequently as possible.
  • BHP is posting new and relevant information at properties about the importance of washing hands and any important info from the VT Dept. of Health.
  • BHP is asking all residents if they are sick or have been sick before entering apartments. BHP will only enter an apartment when someone is sick if it is an emergency.
  • BHP’s Wellness and Supportive Services team is organizing tools for residents to support one another.
  • BHP has advised staff to stay home if they are sick.
  • BHP is rescheduling all appointments if a person is sick.
  • BHP “Support And Services at Home” (SASH) staff are asking participants to let them know if they are sick, so they can check in regularly by phone.

You can help us help you!  Please call the main office at 254-6071 if you notice areas that need extra cleaning or supplies.  Please stay home if you are sick.  Create a safety plan with family members, friends, or neighbors to check in with one other by phone.  And follow these safety precautions from the VT Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please let me know if you have any further concerns by calling 802-254-6071.

Christine Hazzard

Executive Director

Websites for information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

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