Fri. Dec 4th, 2020

BHP Updates-

Posted: November 13, 2020

Posted: November 10, 2020

58th Annual Meeting of the Brattleboro Housing Partnerships Monday, November 16, 2020 at Noon Click link below for more details:

Posted: October 8, 2020

VISION FOR BHP’S LOCAL MTW PROGRAM

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MTW plan 2021 2022 draft official

Posted: October 1, 2020

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships is applying to Housing and Urban Development to become a Moving to Work HUD agency.  This designation will allow more freedom to design programs, procedures and apply funding in ways that more closely meet the needs of its residents, Section 8 participants, and community.  It is designed to apply local guidelines rather than the one-size-fits-all of HUD Public Housing guidelines.  The draft application/plan will be available for review October 8, 2020 and can be accessed by going to www.brattleborohousing.org or requesting a copy by calling 802-254-6071. There will be a public hearing held virtually on November 9, 2020 at 12:00pm for comments from the public.  This hearing can be accessed by logging into: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/536515757  or by calling (Toll Free): 1 866-899-4679 and using Access Code: 536-515-757

Anyone needing an accommodation to view the draft or participate in the public hearing should contact Christine Hazzard, E.D., at 802-254-6071.

Posted: September 29, 2020

MTW Resident letter Sept 2020

Please join me on September 30, 2020 at 10:00am and/or October 7, 2020 at 5:00pm to ask questions, give feedback and be part of the process of developing a MTW plan.

Wednesday, 9/30/2020 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EDT)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
Access Code: 534-947-765

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM (EDT)
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United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
Access Code: 602-494-717
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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: 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

BHP Video Clips-

Welcome to our Neighborhood…
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships Board Meeting 11/24/2020
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships Board Meeting 11/9/2020
Rotary Cares: Ep 25 – Gayle Ottmann and Lorelei Morrissette
BHP Annual Mtg at Red Clover Commons 11/18/19

Current Community Information-

NOTE: Websites for information on the Coronavirus listed at the bottom of this column: 
Current and accurate resource information listed below: 

Posted: November 17, 2020

As COVID Spikes in Vermont, Governor Urges Public Adherence to Restrictions on Social Gatherings – “I know we can do better.”   From October 1 through November 13th, 71% of all new cases in Vermont have been traced back to small social gatherings usually involving alcohol and food. Because of proper protocols in place, restaurants, gyms, salons and schools have not contributed to any significant degree. Restrictions on Gatherings Multi-household gatherings — both indoor or outdoor and in public or private spaces — are prohibited. Keep gatherings to members of your own household. Bars and social clubs are closed to all in-person service effective Saturday, November 14 at 10pm. Restaurants can remain open to in-person service, but must cease in-person service at 10 pm nightly. Takeout can continue. Businesses are encouraged to telework. In-person meetings are strongly discouraged. All college students – coming home from in-state and out-of-state schools – must quarantine at home for 14-days or 7-days followed by a negative test in Vermont. All recreational sports programs are suspended. This suspension will not apply to school-sponsored sports activities which are subject to Agency of Education Guidance. Testing and Tracing Restaurants, museums, gyms and other customer-facing establishments must keep logs of all patrons for contact tracing purposes. The state is going to increase testing. Vermonters are asked to comply with contact tracing teams.   To read the governor’s order in its entirety click here.
Advance Care Planning

Posted: October 20, 2020

Click the link below for more information about accessing meals for families with young children:

MealAccessHandout-20-21Schoolyear

Posted: October 15, 2020

COVID Support VT- You are not alone. We are here to help.

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COVID-Support-VT-Counselors-Available-Oct-2020

Posted: July 29, 2020

WSESU School Calendar for 2020-2021

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2020-2021 School Calendar

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.

Websites for current and accurate information on the Coronavirus listed below:
Click on image above for World Health Organization (WHO)
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Click on image above for VT Department of Health website
3D Illustration of 2019-nCoV virus
Click on image above for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website

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