Success Stories

A Home with a Lake View

Posted on May 6, 2024 By

A Home with a Lake View Late in 2019, Rose and Michael Jerome toured a Champlain Housing Trust apartment on King Street in Burlington. After years spent bouncing from one place to another, they walked into the vacant 4th floor apartment at 88 King Street ready to find a home they could stay in for […]

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My Journey to Homeownership & CHT Board Service

Posted on April 29, 2024 By

My Journey to Homeownership & CHT Board Service Issouf Ouattara is a Champlain Housing Trust Board member and shared equity homeowner who wrote and shared the following remarks at our fundraiser luncheon in November 2023. Good afternoon, everyone! My name is Issouf Ouattara, and I am a CHT Board member. I work at UVM as […]

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A Stable Home

Posted on February 2, 2024 By

A Stable Home Photos courtesy of Glenn Russell Before moving into her new apartment in Williston, Michelle Lucas had been without housing for more than four years. She bounced between motels rooms funded by the State or friends’ homes but couldn’t find stability – especially hard as she struggled with multiple health challenges ranging from […]

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I Feel Like I’m Home

Posted on December 18, 2023 By

I Feel Like I’m Home   Laurie Grant lived with her mother for six years and was perfectly content, but when her mom passed away in 2018, Laurie needed a change. “There were too many painful reminders everywhere I looked,” she said. Laurie applied for an apartment from Champlain Housing Trust and over the next […]

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Making a Meaningful Gift

Posted on September 7, 2023 By

Joanne Heidkamp and Paul Demers moved to Vermont from Cincinnati in the mid-1990s and found a house in a quiet neighborhood in South Burlington. They felt a wonderful sense of community. “You can always borrow a tool, and you’re happy to feed someone’s cat. Outgrown clothes and toys are passed along from house to house. […]

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We’re Paying for our Future

Posted on August 30, 2023 By

Seated on his couch in a large open living room and dining space in his home in the Old North End of Burlington, Ganesh Adhikari is surrounded by pictures of loved ones, family heirlooms and decorations. On one wall there’s a video game console connected to the TV with games stacked on top. It’s the […]

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Good Neighbors

Posted on July 20, 2023 By

Good Neighbors Having a Quiet Home to Rest and Relax is Essential to this Resident of Avenue Apartments   [Note: On August 12, 2023, Ahmed Omar died in his sleep unexpectedly. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support them in this difficult time.] Ahmed […]

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It Didn’t Get Any Better Than That

Posted on June 6, 2023 By

It Didn’t Get Any Better Than That   Wanda Hines knows exactly how to count the years she owned her home on Oak Street in Burlington’s Old North End: she was pregnant with her son at the time. “My son was born in April of 1998 and we closed on the house the following year,” […]

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Music Man

Posted on May 20, 2023 By

Music Man   Alban Malanda loves to connect with people. It’s one reason why he offered to serve as a member of Champlain Housing Trust’s Rental Resident Advisory Committee. He feels it’s important that residents have a place to advocate for themselves.  “That’s a place where my voice can easily be heard relating to some […]

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Homeownership Security through Shared Equity

Posted on May 15, 2023 By

Homeownership Security through Shared Equity   Steve and Rachel Smith knew there was plenty of work to do if they wanted to become homeowners. They lacked savings but were working to get their debt paid down. Homeownership seemed like something that was still far off in the distance, but they were committed to owning their […]

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My Dream House

Posted on May 12, 2023 By

My Dream House   Junny Tsiba, a refugee from Congo Brazzaville, spent two years preparing to buy her home. “Renting was fine, but having your own place makes you live the American dream and rewards me for my hard work,” she explained. And hard work it was. Her brand new home in Burlington’s New North […]

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A Foot in the Door

Posted on February 20, 2023 By

A Foot in the Door Homeownership Becomes a Reality Through the Shared Equity Program   It takes Tara Burke, a Champlain Housing Trust shared equity homeowner in Milton, a few moments to count up the number of apartments she’s rented around Burlington over the years. “Let’s see, Pine Street, Hayward Street, St. Paul Street, Adams […]

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