Success Stories

Building Wealth with Shared Equity

Posted on July 11, 2022 By

Building Wealth with Shared Equity   When asked her favorite thing about her home in Colchester, Molly Doherty has a quick answer. While she really appreciates the natural light and original hardwood floors, something else comes out first. “It’s mine!” Room by room, she is starting to make the third floor walk-up her own. She […]

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Felling Connected at Fort Ethan Allen

Posted on June 10, 2022 By

Feeling Connected at Fort Ethan Allen   Mary Wilson understands the value of having great neighbors. Before moving into her condo at Fort Ethan Allen, she was living with her daughter in the Adirondacks. One February morning, while her daughter was at work, Mary slipped and fell while walking in the driveway. Thankfully she wasn’t […]

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Ownership Allows Pho Hong Expansion

Posted on April 12, 2022 By

Champlain Housing Trust is excited to announce that the founders of one of Burlington’s busiest and most well-loved restaurants will be expanding their Old North End operations soon. After 14 years in business renting their restaurant space, Pho Hong founders Dao Le and Lan Hong now own the property along with the commercial space right […]

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Putting Down Roots

Posted on February 1, 2022 By

Putting Down Roots Shared Equity Program helps build financial foundation   Andrea Solazzo loved living in Burlington’s Old North End. She enjoyed her job as gleaning coordinator at Vermont Foodbank and had lots friends in the area, and after 10 years of renting, she was ready to put down roots in her community. But she wasn’t sure […]

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Helping Others Helps Me

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Helping Others Helps Me Resident Board member finds passion for community involvement   When Antoinette Bennett-Jones was a new mother with her daughter, she found herself suddenly homeless and the value of affordable housing came clearly into focus. That was thirteen years ago. Having an affordable apartment and support felt even more critical when her […]

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Cultivating Community at Brookside

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Cultivating Community at Brookside Neighbors build community gardening together   Several times this summer Ginseng MacKay-Tisbert noticed a strange phenomenon in the community garden at Brookside, a quiet cul-de-sac in Colchester. “I would go to work on a project by myself and all of the sudden everyone would be there. Helping.” It was something that […]

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Finding Stability at Congress Street

Posted on September 14, 2021 By

Finding Stability at Congress Street Permanent housing means a brighter future   Cory Tedford felt like she had received an early Christmas present in December of 2020. That’s when she and fiancé Josh, and Cory’s service dog Leia, were able to move in to a motel room at Harbor Place in Shelburne. “It was life […]

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Resident Community Leaders

Posted on May 27, 2021 By

RESIDENT COMMUNITY LEADERS Volunteerism at Laurentide Apartments   [story written in 2021] “This will be the last place I plan to live. I intend to age in place. I’m committed to this community and I want to use my time here to help others,” said Regina O’Flaherty. She was referring to Laurentide Apartments, a new […]

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Ready Set Rent Success

Posted on February 1, 2021 By

READY SET RENT SUCCESS Innovative credit program helps a couple in crisis   SUPPORT TO FIND SECURITY AGAIN Two years ago, Linda and Linwood West were paying the mortgage on their house in Swanton, Linda had a job as a geriatric nurse, and their main concern was [Linwood’s serious health issues]. Then Linda lost her […]

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No Man is an Island

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NO MAN IS AN ISLAND Contribute what you can, and take only what you need.   CHT Board Member John Olson’s credo could very well be grounded in Marxism, or perhaps the New Testament: Contribute what you can, and take only what you need. This sums up his motivation not only for his volunteerism, but also […]

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First Time Homeowners

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FIRST TIME HOMEOWNERS Winooski couple buy their first home   OWNERSHIP HELPS FAMILY STAY IN STATE Sarah and Colin Robinson were high-school sweethearts growing up in Brattleboro. They were drawn to settle down in Burlington after graduating from college because of their desire to live in a place that supported their values. “We loved Vermont […]

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Artists in Residence

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE ART IS LIFE > couple moves back to Burlington to raise their family   AFFORDABILITY IN THEIR CHOSEN COMMUNITY [story written in 2012] Inside an old brick building that started life as a bakery, Ted and Winnie Looby are raising their four children in a housing cooperative for working artists. “It’s really […]

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