Housing Commission

Meetings

  • 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month
  • Town Offices
    81 Main Street
    Downstairs Conference Room
    Essex Junction, VT 05452
  • From a computer or mobile device, use the meeting link and choose the option for your web browser (Chrome recommended) or the Teams app (download from Microsoft). For general instructions on using Teams, see this document.
  • Call in with a phone to 802-377-3784 and use the conference ID 120 122 951#.
  • Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and at hotspots mapped by the VT Public Service Dept.

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Phone

Dial: +1 802-377-3784
Conference ID: 590 879 654#

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Draft minutes are available after the meetings, and full minutes are available after approval.

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Mission

The mission of the Joint Essex and Essex Junction Housing Commission is to help ensure that any resident (or aspiring resident) of Essex has access to a home that:

  • Is affordable (generally no more than 30% of household income is spent on housing);
  • Is a desirable type and size for their household;
  • Is located with easy access to basic needs (jobs, schools, food, health care, and cultural experiences) via walking, biking, or public transit;
  • Is of sufficient quality to ensure the health, safety, and enjoyment of its residents;
  • Meets residents’ special needs, including senior care, ADA-accessibility, recovery housing, and housing for people who are homeless, etc.; and
  • Is made available regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, or status of citizenship, family, and military service

Purpose

The Commission advises the Selectboard, City Council, Planning Commissions, and other municipal boards and committees on the housing needs of the community, including review and consultation of policy and zoning changes related to housing. The Commission maintains and analyzes the community’s demographic and housing stock information and provides periodic updates on housing issues to elected officials. The Commission also works to educate the public on housing topics and develops partnerships with developers, non-profits, state agencies, and social service organizations to advance the community’s housing goals.

Commission Membership

The Commission is composed of up to ten members with five each appointed by the Selectboard and City Council. Each member shall serve a staggered three-year term with no term limit.

In appointing Commission members, the Selectboard and City Council should select members who represent a variety of relevant interests and backgrounds, including but not limited to: for-profit and non-profit housing developers; housing authorities and agencies; social services organizations; representatives of area businesses; and at-large members of the community. Of each municipality’s five members, three shall be residents; for the remaining members, residency is preferred but not required.

The Commission receives staff support from both Town and City Community Development Departments and other departments as needed.

To contact the full Housing Commission, e-mail housing.commission@essex.org, or call the Community Development Department at (802) 878-1343. The list of members (and contact information, if provided) includes:

Name (Officer position)E-mail AddressPhoneMunicipalityTerm Ending June...
Katie Ballard (Chair)charbonk07@gmail.com(802) 324-7931Essex Jct. City2023
Gabrielle Smith (Vice Chair)grsmith120901@gmail.com

Essex Jct. City
2025
VACANT

Essex Jct. City2023
Ned Daly

Essex Jct. City
2024
Ta-Tanisha Redditta

Essex Jct. City
2025
Mark Redmond

Essex Town2023
Emily Taylor (Clerk)etaylor@getahome.org

Essex Town
2024
VACANT

Essex Town
2024
Rupesh Asher

Essex Town
2025
VACANT

Essex Town
2025