No Place Like Home: Housing in Windham County

October 7, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Josh Davis, Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative, moderates this panel discussion of housing issues in Windham County. Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live as expert panelists explore local housing challenges and opportunities from different perspectives. 

Elizabeth Bridgewater is the executive director of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT). 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.

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, Grinold was a founding member and executive director of Wilmington Works.

Bill Murray has been a full-time realtor with Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country since 1981. In 2004, his colleagues on the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors named him Realtor of the Year. A former teacher, Murray has been active in the Brattleboro community as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Brattleboro Food Coop and as a former trustee of BMAC.

Emilie Kornheiser is a Vermont State Representative for Windham-2. For the last five years, she has focused on improving the functioning and accountability of community development and support systems in Vermont state government. She has served overseas promoting democracy and supporting small business development, and she has held numerous positions at community-based organizations throughout Vermont. Kornheiser is the director of workforce development at Youth Services in Brattleboro.

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 October 12. 

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 are 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.

View the recording here