Success Stories

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 changing. […]

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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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A New Home in an Old House

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A NEW HOME IN AN OLD HOUSE … loan fund helps a couple steward a house into its next phase of life A LOAN WITH A MISSION KEEPS A HOME SOUND In 2010, Harvey and Mary Carter bought a light-filled 1870 farmhouse in South Hero. They were making a major life change—retiring from running a […]

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A Life of Advocacy

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A LIFE OF ADVOCACY “The most significant thing about living in this co-op is very simple…It’s still affordable after all these years.”   For a stretch of meetings, when Richard Kemp sat on the Board of the Champlain Housing Trust, virtually every meeting ended with him asking, “What are we going to do to house […]

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Many Homes All Under One Roof

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MANY HOMES ALL UNDER ONE ROOF Nancy achieves the American Dream   HOUSING SECURITY AND MOBILITY Nancy Taylor’s experiences with the Champlain Housing Trust have spanned more than a decade and a range of services: from an affordable apartment to the house she shares with her dog, Liselle, and an affordable home repair loan. She […]

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Home Sweet Home

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HOME SWEET HOME It was meant to bee   IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED… Early in June, Rita Murphy and a neighbor donned their beekeeping suits and headed out to the tree where a swarm of bees had alighted. They shook the branch once, and a group of bees fell on them. They shook it […]

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Safe and Sound

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SAFE AND SOUND A dream home in the making   Three years after buying her dream home and weathering an incident where it “rained in the living room,” Martina LeClerc realized she needed help. I knew it was mine before I even walked in the house,” Martina says of her 1900 farmhouse in Fairfield, but the […]

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From the Ground Up

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FROM THE GROUND UP The architecture of planned giving BUILDING THE FUTURE Patricia Fontaine comes from a line of people interested in buildings – her grandfather was a master carpenter and her father was a building contractor, so she spent weekends as a kid tagging along to look at buildings her dad was working on. […]

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