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Highlights of the over 40-year History of
HomeShare Vermont

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!

2023 — HomeShare Vermont expands into Windsor County and to Killington and Pittsfield in Rutland County through a partnership with The Thompson Center in Woodstock. Also expands into Craftsbury, Greensboro and Hardwick in the Northeast Kingdom.