Success Stories

A Life of Advocacy

Posted on February 1, 2021 By

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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Seasons of Change

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SEASONS OF CHANGE A homeowner’s staying power   “I want to stay in my home,” says Annette Koch, sipping a hot cup of tea in her kitchen. She and her (now-ex) husband raised their four children in this historic home in Fairfax Village, and it is full of the family’s memories. On Christmas Eve, 15 […]

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Leap Of Faith

Posted on December 14, 2020 By

LEAP OF FAITH When timing becomes everything   Rachel and Steven Phillips moved in with friends in Milton, Vermont, in 2008. They were eager to start a School for the Arts and share their love of dance and drawing with the local community. Rachel is an accomplished ballerina, her career spanning work with the Royal […]

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A Place In History

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A Place In History Everything old is new again   Gillian Franks has lived in a lot of homes with history. She grew up in a red brick Victorian, her bedroom nestled in the roof in what was once the children’s nursery. During her marriage, she and her (now-ex) husband purchased two homes, one built […]

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I Have A Future Here

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I Have A Future Here Building a community where people care   Heather Gruen approaches home improvements with an eye both to the past and the future. Her vision is eco-friendly and involves reusing historical items. “It’s a matter of being patient, finding the right thing and being creative with how you use it,” she […]

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One Step at a Time

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One Step At A Time Embarking on a new adventure as members of CHT’s newest housing cooperative   [story written in 2016] Bree LeMay is no stranger to the Champlain Housing Trust. Having lived in a CHT apartment for the past seven years, she and her 6-year-old son, Niah, are embarking on a new adventure […]

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