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“May your walls hold joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.”

~Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey
Before we get started...
Remember that we have a list of resources on our website that we think may be helpful during these uncertain times. Please visit our website and look around for anything that might help you and your loved ones get through this difficult time. As always, feel free to reach out to Kira, Cheryl, or Pattie if you have any questions about how we are continuing our work during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Downstreet HomeOwnership Center's Home Repair Loan – the first $2500 is a grant!

Do you own a home that is in need of major repairs or access modifications?
We can help!

Our low-cost Green Mountain Home Repair loans can make your home repairs possible. We're committed to helping people like you invest in their homes to maintain safe, healthy homes and pride of ownership. Downstreet's NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center offers special low-interest loans for qualified home owners in Washington, Orange, and Lamoille counties.
These loans can be used for:
  • Repairs to resolve health and safety issues, such as weatherization, structural problems (leaking roof, etc.), or systems failures (heating, septic, etc.)
  • Repairs needed to correct municipal or state code violations.
  • Access modification for elderly or disabled household members.
  • Energy upgrades (including energy audit, insulation, air sealing, and other measures recommended in the energy audit report).
Who Qualifies?
  • In order to participate in our repair program, your total household income will need to be less than 80% of the area median income for your county* (see table below). Please call to verify your eligibility.
  • Special exceptions may apply to historic homes and/or homes that may contain lead paint or hazardous building materials.
Only primary residences are eligible, and homes must be located in Washington, Orange, or Lamoille County.

*Income requirements are determined using 80% of current HUD Median Income Limits by county.
Reach out now to find out more!

COVID-19 Mortgage Assistance is Available
Are you unsure if you are eligible for the rental or mortgage relief programs? Need help completing the application? Want to talk through your options with someone? Give us a call! We would be more than happy to help you navigate these opportunities.

The Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program is being administrated by the Vermont Housing Finance Authority.
Applications will be accepted from July 13 - August 31.
Visit to learn more.
Please direct all inquiries to Pattie Dupuis, Downstreet's Director of Homeownership Services: or (802) 477-1343

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.

Wear Your Mask!

There’s nothing quite like summer in Vermont. We know folks want to be outside now more than ever. When you do leave the house, don’t forget your face mask! Masking up is a simple yet effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face mask over your nose and mouth whenever you can’t keep at least six feet of distance from people you don’t live with —indoors and outside.

Not sure when to wear a mask? Here are some tips on when to wear a mask:
  • Whenever you’re unable to always stay 6 feet apart from others who you don't live with (for example, at work, riding the bus, on a ride share, or at school)
  • On a busy and crowded street, trail, or bike path • At home, if you have symptoms and you live with other people
  • Going to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital Never put a mask on a child under the age of 2, someone who needs help to remove the mask, someone who is in respiratory distress or unconscious. People who have trouble breathing, such as people with asthma, can wear a light-weight bandanna or cloth covering tied to be open at the bottom or face shield.
Thanks for doing your part and masking up! Get more mask tips at
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

4 Servings
Prep Time: 45 min
Total Time: 45 min
Thanks to the chickpeas, this salad will keep you full for hours. It's satisfying in a way that leafy greens never could be.
Canned beans are a real lifesaver when it comes to our favorite pantry staples. Each standard 15-oz. can comes packed with fiber and protein, providing a 1-2 punch of real affordable nutrition in the 30 seconds it takes to crack open a can, drain, and rinse. They can be eaten straight from the can, making this a very summer-friendly recipe on those hot, hot days when you just can't be bothered to turn on the heat. We know that this is a "chickpea salad", but you can totally switch out chickpeas for your favorite canned beans: creamy cannellini beans, black beans, kidney beans are all great options.
Make it your own
Our lemon-parsley vinaigrette is perfectly tart and fresh with a hint of spice and you can put it on everything. This means that if you want to switch out any of the salad ingredients for your preferred addition. Not a fan of olives or bell peppers? Cherry tomatoes and diced ripe avocado will fill that flavor gap. Want to keep it dairy free? Sub in another form of protein in place of the feta, like a couple of hard-boiled eggs or a can of tuna, or a handful of chopped toasted nuts. If you have any extra dressing left over, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
  • 2 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 c. crumbled feta
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make salad: In a large bowl, toss together chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, and feta. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make vinaigrette: In a jar fitted with a lid, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Close the jar and shake until emulsified, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dress salad with vinaigrette just before serving.
Download the Printable Version of This Recipe

Your community is here for you.

Navigating the social and civic program marketplace can be overwhelming. That's why we've created this list of community resources within Central Vermont to help you access all of the great programs and services available to you. Let's get you to where you need to be.

Remember that there is a comprehensive resource-connection service that you can access by dialing 2-1-1 on any phone. As of October 1, 2019, 2-1-1 will be reducing after-hours services; however, the emergency housing program will remain intact from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday- Friday. For more information, please see the full notice from the Agency of Human Services.

And lastly, many households experience food insecurity, and that is even more true during this time of COVID-19. If you are in need of assistance finding nutritious food for your household, please see our food shelf directory.
Summer is here, and we hope you're enjoying it! If you're looking for something fun to occupy your mind on a lazy summer afternoon, here is a little word search (printable) for you!

(To print the word search, right-click on the image and click "Save Image As"; save to your computer and print on a printer.)

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