Vermont needs additional housing of all types. An important piece of the puzzle is the creation of homeownership opportunities for the missing middle—buyers who don't qualify for income-restricted housing programs but can't afford market-rate homes. Philanthropy can help preserve Vermont's high homeownership rate with strategies that target middle income buyers.
It's worth noting that in a state where small businesses dominate the economy, there is already a culture that supports self-starters with ideas. It just needs to grow.
Vermont recently ranked last in a survey of the Best Place to Start a Small Business in 2021, yet our state needs more entrepreneurship to grow jobs and economic prosperity—particularly in rural areas. Our latest brief shares three actions you can take today to help Vermont entrepreneurs succeed.