Highlights of the 40-year History of
1981 — RSVP volunteers begin planning a homesharing program
1982 — Project HOME is launched
1985 — Project HOME becomes part of Cathedral Square Corporation
1986 — Project HOME becomes a funded Agency of the United Way
1988 — First direct State of Vermont appropriation is awarded
1991 — No Place Like Home, a five-year study by Nicholas Danigelis and Alfred Fengler, is published
1997 — A Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing is first published
2000 — First AmeriCorps member from the VT Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB)
2001 — First Outcomes study conducted
2002 — Project Home name change to HomeShare Vermont, The Polly Rowe Memorial Fund is started
2003 — HomeShare Vermont expands into Grand Isle County
2005 — HomeShare Vermont becomes an independent non-profit corporation
2006 — HomeShare Vermont expands service area to include Addison County, we host a national shared housing conference in Burlington
2007 — Capital Campaign completed & purchase of our new office in South Burlington
2010 — The HomeShare Vermont Fund is opened at the Vermont Community Foundation
2013 — A Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing, 2nd Edition, is published
2014 — HomeShare expands service area to Franklin County
2015 — HomeShare Vermont begins to host and reorganize the national homesharing organization, NSHRC
2016 — Vermont Community Foundation recognized HomeShare Vermont as a promising approach to an aging population in their report: Opportunity 11 Critical Paths for Philanthropy in Vermont
2017 — HomeShare Vermont celebrates 35th Anniversary! Kirby Dunn is speaker at Home Share International’s biennial conference in Madrid, Spain
2018 — “A Resource Guide for Establishing a New Homesharing Program” is published
2019 — HomeShare Vermont hosts a national training for new homesharing programs in Burlington. HomeShare Vermont expands into Lamoille, Washington and Orange counties in Vermont and opens a satellite office in Montpelier.
2020 — HomeShare Vermont responds to COVID-19 with increased supports to existing matches and new health and safety protocols, while serving a record-high number of homesharers. HomeShare Vermont promotes Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) as a way to age in place, including publication of A Guide to Creating an Accessory Dwelling Unit in collaboration with AARP-VT.
2021 — Our annual fundraising event, Stories from the Heart, is recorded live and available for all to watch for free thanks to our sponsors and The Media Factory!
2022 — HomeShare Vermont turns 40!