Member Only Community Call

The Roundtable’s Associates Circle is Proud to Present a Member-Only Conversation on

Vermont’s “Missing Middle” Housing Market

Josh Hanford, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

 Thursday, June 23rd, 8:00 – 9:00am  |  via Zoom
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Josh Hanford was appointed as Commissioner of Department of Housing and Community Development by Governor Scott in 2019. Hanford has 20 years of experience in the housing and community development field, serving as the deputy commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development since 2017. Prior to that role, Hanford served as the director of the Vermont Community Development Grant program where he administered more than $150 million in Community Development Block Grants. Hanford was instrumental in post Tropical Storm Irene recovery, leading the deployment of more than $40 million in disaster recovery.

Hanford serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including as a founding member of the Rochester/Randolph Area Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA). He studied political science and geography at Plymouth State University and holds credentials in non-profit and natural resource management.  Hanford lives in Randolph with his wife and two children and enjoys fishing, skiing and mountain biking.


Maura Collins became Executive Director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency in January 2019. She joined VHFA in 2002, and through progressively increased responsibilities she worked in all but one department prior to becoming the Agency’s director. Collins has her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Vermont and Bachelors from the University at Buffalo. She served on UVM’s faculty for a decade, teaching graduate-level housing policy courses. In her personal capacity, Collins serves on the Boards of VELCO, Pathways Vermont, and the Vermont Community Development Program Advisory Board.

In her role at VHFA, Collins sits on the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Vermont Council on Homelessness, the Vermont Housing Council, the National Council of State Housing Agencies Board, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Advisory Council, and the Vermont Treasurer’s Local Investment Advisory Committee.

In 2012, Maura was named as one of the top 40 professionals under 40 years old by Vermont Business Magazine. Prior to joining VHFA, Maura worked at the Technical Assistance Collaborative in Boston, MA, as a housing consultant dedicated to the needs of people with disabilities and/or those without homes.

Media of Interest

Governor Scott Signs Historic Housing Bills Into Law (VBM, 6.7.22)

Vermont Housing Needs Assessment 2020-2024 (VFHFA for Dept of Housing & Community Development)

Understanding Vermont’s Vacant Homes (VHFA, 4.21.22)

Vermont Homes Used As Short-Term Rentals on the Rise (VHFA, 6.9.20)