Celebrating 40 Years and a Look Back at How CHT Started

Champlain Housing Trust is 40 years old! We are thrilled to share a look back highlighting how we got started and the lasting change we’ve made in this video by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, which researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Then as now, we know the crucial role and timing that affordable housing strategies, community leadership and engagement, and innovative policies matter in order to create permanent affordability that will stand the test of time.

The video features CHT residents alongside innovative projects and policies created to revitalize housing stock that had been abandoned and left in disrepair in Burlington’s Old North End even as the cost of living and demand for housing was on the rise. CHT’s work continues to address affordable housing needs and though our efforts are far from over, it has been heartening to reflect on what we have accomplished during our 40-year history. Many neighbors featured in this video are still working in partnership with CHT to create safe, and permanently affordable housing and more inclusive thriving communities throughout Vermont and across the country.

In light of World CLT Day 2024 and our 40th birthday, we invite you to explore the history and timeline of the global Community Land Trust Movement of which we are proud to be part of! Thank you to the International Center for Community Land Trusts for the treasure trove of information and digital archive, including this CLT world map and directory!