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Free Workshop on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s)

Come learn about adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your Burlington home or backyard. At this free workshop, hear from people who have done it and learn what the rules are from representatives of the City of Burlington. ADU’s can be attached to the home, in an attic, above a garage, or as a separate building. They can be a way to age in place, live more sustainably, and bring more rental capacity to meet the growing housing shortage. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with a variety of experts. Call HomeShare Vermont to register or for more information at (802) 863-5625.

Saturday, September 22 10 a.m. to noon
At Heineberg Community Senior Center
14 Heineberg Road in Burlington’s New North End

Informational sessions in September

Do you want to remain in your home, but have some difficulty keeping up with household chores? Would a little extra rental income help pay the bills? HomeShare Vermont has over 35 years of experience matching people who want to share their homes with compatible housemates who are interested in helping around the house in exchange for a place to live. Let us do the interviews, background checks, and reference checks for you. We will introduce you to pre-screened candidates and you decide who to live with.

If you or someone you know could benefit from homesharing, join us for a 30-minute informational session at our office located at 412 Farrell St., Suite 300 in South Burlington. Staff will explain our program and services and answer your questions. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please reserve your spot by calling (802) 863-5625.

Upcoming Info Sessions

  • Thursday, September 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m.

Burlington Releases Homesharing Whitepaper

Homesharing was included in the City of Burlington’s Housing Action Plan as one of 22 strategies for building a more affordable, inclusive and sustainable community. The Plan called for the city to re-dedicate itself to addressing its housing affordability challenges. A recently released 20-page Whitepaper, written by staff from the CEDO office, evaluated the HomeShare Vermont program and focused on strategies to expand homesharing in Burlington. The report noted that, “The numbers of people age 55+ living alone coupled with an increasing financial need and a desire to remain in Burlington makes home sharing an important tool to provide services to a rapidly growing senior population in the city.” It also suggested that using financial incentives to encourage Burlington homeowners to share their homes, along with targeted marketing, would provide more homesharing opportunities for those needing affordable housing. We look forward to working with the City to expand homesharing opportunities.

Read the CEDO Whitepaper here.