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Social justice through the power of housing has never been more important. Between the pandemic and the rising up of a nation against systemic racism, we are living through history. By making a donation to Downstreet during these difficult times, you are supporting equitable opportunities for safe, healthy, and beautiful housing to those who have been marginalized for decades.
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A Message from Our Executive Director
A Conversation with local BLM Leader Noel Riby-Williams
SASH During COVID-19
Real Estate Development: Back on Track
We're Hiring: Accountant
Commercial Space for Rent
Spotlight on Social Responsibility

Project Updates
"There is a collective benefit to equity and a collective harm of inequity."
Xusana Davis
Executive Director for Racial Equity for the State of Vermont

A Few Words from Our Executive Director

An Interview with Local BLM Leader, Noel Riby-Williams

There has been a recent explosion of energy around racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th. Well, it just so happens that our local leader of Black Lives Matter is a Barre resident who, until recently, lived in one of Downstreet’s apartment homes: Noel Riby-Williams. We reached out to have a conversation with Ms. Riby-Williams about Black Lives Matter and the fight for racial justice in Vermont, and here’s what she had to say:

How did you first get involved with Black Lives Matter?

When I was in high school, my cousin and I we were at an assembly that Major Jackson was talking at, and a student behind us was using the N-word, while we were listening to a black man, a black poet. And so my cousin Joelyn turns around and she tells the students . . . READ MORE

Supporting the Elderly During COVID-19
By now we all know the battle cry of this pandemic: stay home, stay safe! And we also know that those at the highest risk of infection are the elderly population and those with disabilities and underlying conditions, many of whom are participants in the Vermont’s statewide SASH program. But as I’m sure you would agree, sheltering in place can get extremely lonely, especially when you’re living alone, as many elderly residents do.

For many of our SASH participants, their SASH coordinators and wellness nurses are the only human contact they have with the world outside of their apartment buildings. Even in the best of times, the companionship and attention that SASH staff offer is one reason that the SASH program has been so successful. Now more than ever, during this time of crisis, visits and phone calls from our SASH coordinators have helped our participants feel less isolated and lonely. And many times, these casual visits lead to conversations that reveal medical needs that had gone unnoticed.

In this ago of COVID-19, SASH Coordinators have been . . . READ MORE

Real Estate Development: Back on Track

As we are all painfully aware, many things were put on hold in March as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in Vermont. Unfortunately, construction on our real estate development projects was one of those. Now, we are thrilled to report that construction has resumed!

First up is Stimson and Graves, a building that stands in the heart of Waterbury and houses the Waterbury Area Senior Center on the ground floor, with 14 affordable senior apartments above. The building is due for some tender loving care, and the renovations that began last winter include new windows, upgrades to improve accessibility for disabled residents, and exterior painting.

But when the coronavirus crisis reared its ugly head in Vermont earlier this year, the project had to be put on hold, because the renovations were planned to take place while the residents of the building remained in their homes.

Since the entire building is home to Vermont elders, who are at particularly high risk for contracting COVID-19, a new construction plan needed to be developed . . . READ MORE
Come to work everyday to a job with purpose!
We are hiring an Accountant to join our team!

The Accountant position is a full-time, salaried position supervised by the CFO. The Accountant is responsible for the corporate accounting of Downstreet Housing & Community Development. For a full job description and application instructions, please visit our website!

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We are happy to accept Vermont Business Magazine's designation as one of Vermont's Best Places to Work! To hear why we love working for Downstreet, watch this video!

Attention small business owners!

Are you looking for that perfect spot to house your office or storefront? Well, look no further!

We have a recently vacated commercial space available for rent on Barre Street in Montpelier!! This is a great downtown Montpelier location, very close to Main Street, and convenient to all that downtown Montpelier has to offer. What an opportunity for you to take your business to the next level!

Rent for this 1592 sq. ft. space is $1400 plus utilities. Previously used as a child care, this space includes a kitchen area with refrigerator and dishwasher, a bathroom, unfinished basement, and unfinished upstairs office space, plus an outdoor pebble patio in the back.

For a full listing and contact information, please visit our website.

Rights and Democracy's mission is to bring people together to take action to build healthy communities and make the values of our communities guide the policies of our government.

Like Downstreet, Rights and Democracy is a member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to “foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens, and public policy."


Project Updates

Work on our real estate development projects has resumed!

At Stimson and Graves, renovation work has resumed after a pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Private design firm Naylor & Breen was extremely accommodating to ensure that the project resume for an on-time completion.

The second of two tiny homes designed by Norwich University students and faculty is being built this summer by four Norwich University students. Construction is planned to be finished in August so that the home can be placed in September.

Read more here!
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