Jericho Affordable Housing Committee

The Jericho Affordable Housing Committee was established by the Selectboard in November of 2020 with a mission to increase the availability of affordable housing in order to support a more diverse, vibrant and inclusive community by lowering economic, racial and social barriers to living in Jericho.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm
Join in person at the Town Hall 67 Rte 15
or on Zoom

What does the Jericho Affordable Housing Committee do?

  • Collect relevant data to inform decision making by the Planning Commission and Selectboard (Potentially through a formal Housing Needs Assessment).
  • Fundraise sufficient money through donations, grants and other means to assist with the development of affordable housing options.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Town regulatory bodies (e.g. Selectboard, Development Review Board) and other Town commissions (e.g. conservation commission, planning commission).
  • Work with local, state, and regional entities to obtain funding and promote a favorable climate for affordable housing.
  • Educate the public on the affordable housing needs and opportunities in Jericho.
  • Advocate for affordable housing on the local and state level.


If you would like to serve on this committee click here for an application.


The Jericho Affordable Housing Committee was established by the Selectboard in November of 2020 with a mission to increase the availability of affordable housing in order to support a more diverse, vibrant and inclusive community by lowering economic, racial and social barriers to living in Jericho.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm
Join in person at the Town Hall 67 Rte 15
or on Zoom

What does the Jericho Affordable Housing Committee do?

  • Collect relevant data to inform decision making by the Planning Commission and Selectboard (Potentially through a formal Housing Needs Assessment).
  • Fundraise sufficient money through donations, grants and other means to assist with the development of affordable housing options.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Town regulatory bodies (e.g. Selectboard, Development Review Board) and other Town commissions (e.g. conservation commission, planning commission).
  • Work with local, state, and regional entities to obtain funding and promote a favorable climate for affordable housing.
  • Educate the public on the affordable housing needs and opportunities in Jericho.
  • Advocate for affordable housing on the local and state level.


If you would like to serve on this committee click here for an application.


  • JAHC recommends a Water & Wastewater Reserve Fund

    At the February 15th Selectboard Meeting, during public comment, JAHC chair SJ Dube read a letter requesting the Selectboard add a Water and Wastewater Reserve Fund to the Jericho budget, consistent with the priorities set in the 2023 Housing Resolution and the 2024 Town Plan.

    The Town of Jericho has effectively used reserve accounts for other long-term needs and to accumulate funds for coming projects. We do this to smooth the year-to-year impact for taxpayers and to ensure action is possible between budget votes. A reserve account also sends a signal of intent and commitment. We believe the Jericho Town Plan’s priority and timeline for water and wastewater infrastructure warrant the same approach as is used for the more than 10 existing town-maintained reserve funds.

    Read the full letter, here.

  • January 9, 2024 meeting now REMOTE

    Due to weather and illness, tonight’s JAHC meeting will be completely REMOTE.

    Town of Jericho

    Affordable Housing Committee

    Tuesday, January 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82034471717?pwd=UndQYjFhVmpMQ1diTkRvcUp3Y2E3QT09

    Meeting ID: 820 3447 1717

    Passcode: 739754

    Join by phone: +1 646 558 8656

  • Fair Housing Project Presentation - Dec 12, 2023

    On December 12th at 7:00 pm the Jericho Affordable Housing Committee will be welcoming Corinne Yonce, who is a Project Manager at CVOEO's Fair Housing Project. She will be introducing their Striving for Equity Project which aims to support local housing committees and promote avenues for citizen housing advocacy so that across the state, we increase the amount of inclusive, affordable housing and meet our local housing needs. You can learn more about her and the Striving for Equity Project here. The zoom link will be included when the agenda is posted.

  • JAHC makes recommendations for Jericho Town Plan

    The JAHC presented recommendations for the Town Plan to the Jericho Planning Commission on August 1st in response to the first draft of Volume 1. Read the document and see the presentation slides here.

    The Town of Jericho needs to commit to:

    Creating the conditions necessary for growing and diversifying our population by offering housing choices for all - to be affordable to and meet the needs of a wide range of individuals and household types in order to achieve Jericho’s Housing Target Resolution by:

    - Land use regulations that support the creation of compact and diverse housing that is affordable to low- and middle-income households in all of Jericho, appropriate to the land use area priorities by June 2024

    - Using Natural Resource and water/wastewater mapping to inform land use and identify areas appropriate for new housing, available by November 2023

    - Ensuring our development regulations and review procedures are clear, predictable, sensible and timely to increase the rate of new dwelling unit construction to goal of 30 new housing units per year starting in 2024

    - Investing in community infrastructure critical to support infill and denser development in compact mixed-use centers. Completing the first community wastewater project by 2028.

    - Increase municipal capacity to facilitate and enable steps necessary to meet the above commitments for vote at 2024 Town Meeting.

  • Michael Oman & Bill Butler from Wisdom House - Invited Speaker

    At the JAHC May 2023 meeting, we invited Michael Oman and Bill Butler from Jericho's Wisdom House project to learn more about their vision and plans to develop a portion of the Riverside/Flats village center. A recording of the presentation and discussion can found here.

  • Get $50K and more for adding an ADU to your Home

    Senator Michael Sirotkin, Chittenden Senate District - Post to Front Porch Forum 12/17/2022

    NEW VT PROGRAM PROMOTES ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS WITH NECESSARY FREE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT AND UP TO $50,000 GRANTS PER EACH SMALL UNIT CONSTRUCTED!

    The following is a letter to the editor to appear in Seven Days, highlighting a little known new program/opportunity that our Senate Housing committee initiated this past session. I felt it important, that given our housing crisis, that word about this excellent opportunity get out to my Chittenden County constituent owning homes in a timely fashion. See contacts below for more details.

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    Kudos to Seven Days on the completion of their investigatory series Locked Out– an amazing in depth, understandable and human portrayal of Vermont's housing crisis. As noted, the early articles were indeed referenced in support of our Senate Housing Committee's work during this legislative session.

    Our committee had earlier traveled throughout Vermont, hearing from scores of witnesses on all aspects of Vermont's growing housing shortage. We quickly came to the same conclusion, so graphically articulated by Locked-Out, that money alone can't solve the problem.

    While more financial resources are certainly essential, significant policy changes are equally important. This past biennium alone we not only invested hundreds of millions of dollars in housing, we also advanced policies that eased development, incentivized new housing and creatively expanded use of existing housing.

    Examples include policies/programs to modernize zoning ordinances to create greater density, to control short term rentals, easing/removing unnecessary permitting, bridge resources to make construction of market rate homes more affordable, smart growth policies to encourage historic and compact settlements, preserving manufactured homes, renovating blighted homes, enhancing health and safety inspections, and creating new accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

    Highlighting this last initiative, we found that many Vermonters, especially older Vermonters, are over housed. Many downsize, but many could convert their homes by adding a separate smaller ADU within the dwelling. This can be a win-win situation. Vermonters can bring in more income, stay in their own homes, and create an additional unit of housing without the expense of building a whole new house.

    Governor Scott supported this concept and tells the story of creating an added housing unit when he was younger, at little cost, and providing needed additional income to his family.

    Thankfully, we have now loosened ADU regulatory restrictions. More importantly, we recognized that homeowners are not developers and need essential technical help with financing, permitting, construction, renting, etc., similar to the challenges highlighted in Locked Out.

    As a result, Vermont will now provide this critical technical support and also grant up to $50,000/unit for the construction of an ADU, thereby successfully combining policy and money to create new housing in a highly cost-effective manner.

    Contact VT Department of Housing and Community Development, shaun.gilpin@vermont.gov, to learn more and thank you again Seven Days.

    Senator Michael Sirotkin
    Chair, Senate Economic Development , Housing and General Affairs Committee

  • Seth Leonard from VT Housing Finance Agency - Invited Speaker

    Seth Leonard, currently Managing Director of Community Development at Vermont Housing Finance Agency, was invited to speak at a joint meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee, Planning Commission, and Jericho Community Development Corporation on November 28, 2022. His talk described the status of housing, past and present, in Jericho and within the state. The focus of the presentation and meeting was on opportunities and next steps for affordable housing in Jericho. Click here to review his slide deck.

  • Dave Clift from Harvest Crossing - Invited Speaker

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    At the JAHC November 2022 meeting we invited a representative from Underhill's Harvest Crossing to learn more about the United Church of Underhill's plans to purchase 9 acres, develop the infrastructure, and then sell several 1-acre improved lots to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity to build homes for purchase by working families. The slides from their presentation can be found here, a recording of the presentation and discussion by MMCTV can be found here, and you can find out more about this project at https://www.harvestcrossing.org/.

  • Julie Curtain from Champlain Housing Trust - invited speaker

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    At the October 2022 Jericho AHC meeting Ms. Curtin described how municipalities and interested developers can partner with Champlain Housing Trust to build affordable homes. She described the shared equity program and how CHT ensures homes remain affordable in perpetuity. Slides from the presentation can be found here, on the JAHC webpage, and a recording of the presentation and discussion by MMCTV can be watched here.

  • CVOEO Weatherization Brochure with higher income levels for Chittenden County Residents

    Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity has updated their weatherization program with higher income levels for Chittenden County residents.

Page last updated: 27 Feb 2024, 01:07 PM