The Department (DHCD) uses a variety of methods to include Vermont citizens in developing the five-year Consolidated Plan Strategic Plan and annual Action Plans to ensure that all Vermonters have an opportunity to participate in planning how the State spends its housing and community development resources. These are guided by the Department's Citizen Participation Plan which outlines the steps the Department takes when developing or making a substantial amendment to the Consolidated Plan.
The State of Vermont Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is a report required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that seeks to identify the various factors that may affect fair housing choice in Vermont and to develop an action plan to overcome them. The AI is conducted every five years in connection with the State's programs funded by HUD.
Since the 1970s the state has promoted development policies and programs that maintain and enhance Vermont’s historic development pattern of compact centers surrounded by a rural landscape.