Dear CHT Member,
Around 9 o’clock on a recent Tuesday night, a sprinkler alarm went off at our headquarters on King Street. CHT’s staff responded: helping people down the stairs because the elevator was out of commission, gathering belongings for residents, making sure everyone was accounted for and safe. They showed up with cars, ready to transport people and pets to area hotels. In less than two hours, all 20 households were relocated, and work began to assess and repair water damage to the homes and our offices.
Nearly 40 staff showed up to assist in every way. As you’ve heard me say, CHT staff are our greatest assets and their dedication continues to amaze me.
While this was disrupting, we are still very busy building and creating new affordable housing. In the heart of Burlington, we are working with the three partners developing CityPlace and are creating CityPlace West, 88 affordable apartments that will bring new homes and hope to so many households. We are building affordable housing and community facilities in Winooski, Colchester, Williston, South Burlington and Shelburne. As an interim step, we are working on the emergency shelters on Elmwood Avenue in Burlington known as the “pods." Each of these projects come with a unique set of challenges. In the coming months I’ll share details to give you an update.
In the meantime, we have several job openings – and CHT has been named one of the Best Places to Work - please pass along the CHT Career Page with job descriptions to talented individuals you know who are looking for work.
Fall marks the season of giving and right now CHT has 25 volunteers working on this year’s fundraising luncheon. I invite you to make an online gift to join our community of supporters who make our work providing safe, decent, and affordable housing possible. We appreciate each and every gift.
With thanks (and Happy Halloween!),