Consulting Services—TA\CHT

Champlain Housing Trust has developed a new Technical Assistance Arm, TA\CHT, which provides comprehensive support to community-based organizations working for social change. Our lead consultant, Brenda Torpy, offers 35 years of hands-on experience by advancing the community land trust model at the local, national and international levels. Brenda’s work with Champlain Housing Trust helped originate many of the legal, financial and programmatic elements widely used by the sector today. She advanced the model nationally as an active founding member and board chair of the National CLT Network, board member of its successor, Grounded Solutions Network and since 2005 has exported the model to England, Canada, Belgium and France through direct technical assistance and trainings. 

TA\CHT provides comprehensive training and support services in these areas:

Community Land Trust Start-up

  • Feasibility scan including stakeholders and potential partners, resource opportunities/challenges, local government and community support
  • Building local support and partnerships
  • Board governance, representation and resident engagement
  • Model legal documents
  • Creating the equity formula and program design
  • Securing seed money, operating support and capital
  • Homebuyer education and program orientation
  • Sales, resales and stewardship

Community Land Trust Growth and Sustainability

  • Portfolio assessment
  • Stewardship plans
  • Facilitating peer-to-peer support
  • Resource development and fundraising
  • Evaluation and Problem Solving
  • Exploring strategic partnerships for growth or sustainably

Current Clients 

  • Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC)
  • City of Bloomington, IN
  • Downstreet Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  • Foncier Solidaire, Quebec
  • Housing Development Fund (HDF)
  • NeighborWorks® Community Partners, NY
  • NeighborWorks® Salt Lake (NWSL UT)
  • NeighborWorks® Waco (NWW TX)

Click here to learn more from some of our clients.

For More Information:

Email Brenda Torpy or call (802) 578-0834