BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing recently appointed three new members to its board of directors.
Peter Cooper worked for Marlboro College for 17 years, first in admissions, then in fund-raising. He also worked as a school counselor in Dummerston and Townshend, retiring in 2001. Since then he has worked as a volunteer with the Progressive Party, single-payer health care, the Diversion Program (Youth Services) and recycling efforts in Brattleboro.
Libby Bennett has worked on housing issues in Brattleboro for the past three years. At Youth Services she worked with homeless and runaway youth who needed emergency temporary housing. She worked as Brattleboro Family Services outreach worker at SEVCA before taking her present position with Morningside Shelter as Development Coordinator and Representative Payee.
Tyler Maas has lived in Brattleboro since 1999. He has worked in the construction industry doing everything from base labor to managing large-scale federal projects. In 2008 he started his own business and in 2009 won first prize in the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation business plan competition. Currently he works at SEVCA as a Disaster Recovery Case Manager helping victims of Tropical Storm Irene.
The board also recently elected officers for 2013: Allen Myrick, president; Pat Burke, vice president; Peter Cooper, secretary; and Roger Wilken, treasurer.
Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing is an all-volunteer non-profit organization which seeks to improve the housing available to those who are most in need and to assist people with a variety of housing problems. It offers low-interest loans to people facing housing emergencies, helps single-family homeowners to create apartments in their homes, and, with River Valley Credit Union, provides loans to help Tri-Park residents repair or improve their mobile homes. It also advocates with towns and the State for policies and programs supporting affordable housing. More information can be found at www.baahvt.org or by calling 802-257-4616.