No Place Like Home: Housing in Windham County

May 14, Thursday, 7 p.m.

This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Elizabeth Bridgewater, executive director of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT), moderates this panel discussion of housing issues in Windham County. WWHT provides housing opportunities for residents in Windham and Windsor Counties through its housing development work, rental apartments, shared equity homes, and homeownership counseling and education program.

Four expert panelists will explore housing challenges and opportunities in Windham County from different perspectives. Josh Davis is the executive director of Groundworks Collaborative, an organization formed in 2015 through the merger of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center and Morningside Shelter. Groundworks Collaborative provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area.

Adam Grinold is the executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), Vermont’s largest Regional Economic Development Corporation. Grinold has a background as a real estate owner, developer, and Realtor as well as a business owner. Prior to joining the BDCC, Adam was a founding member and executive director of Wilmington Works.

Katie Stuart-Buckley is the director of project development for M&S Development and the principal in charge of business development for M&S and its sister company, Stevens & Associates. Before joining M&S, she held leadership roles involving municipal management and finance, nonprofit affordable housing, and community and economic development. Most recently, she served as the Commissioner of Housing & Community Development in the Agency of Commerce & Community Development for the State of Vermont, appointed by the governor.

Dan Yates is the president & CEO of Brattleboro Savings & Loan (a Certified B Corporation), a position he has held since 2007. Before returning to Brattleboro in 2005, he was executive vice president of Ledyard National Bank. He is a past president of the Vermont Bankers Association, where he currently chairs its government relations committee, and also served on the Taxation and Regulation subcommittee of Governor Scott’s Marijuana Commission.

This event is presented in conjunction with two exhibits related to homelessness, Steven Kinder: 522,830 and Coffee & Conversation: Stories of Homelessness, both on view through June 14. 

Taking its name from the number of people who were unsheltered in America in 2018, 522,830 features portraits of people experiencing homelessness whom Kinder has met over the years in New York City. 

Brattleboro artist Liz Lavorgna began working on Coffee & Conversation in 2015, in collaboration with filmmaker Wyatt Andrews and with support from Groundworks Collaborative. For this exhibit, LaVorgna revisits the project. 

ADMISSION: Free.  Attendees will be invited to make a donation to Groundworks Collaborative, which provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area.