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Homeowner Stories: Meet Linda

The last time Linda owned a home was in 2008, with her then-husband. They lost their home that year, thanks to what she describes as a "bad mortgage," like so many other Americans. Not long after, she was a single mom, raising her teenage son alone. Now, in 2021, she lives in her dream home, [...]

Welcome, Calvin!

Last week, we welcomed a new member of the CHT team: Calvin Burton, our new Development and Donor Relations Manager. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies and implementing programs to raise funds in support of CHT's mission and goals. Calvin hopes to have the opportunity to meet many of you soon, but [...]

Remembering Deanna

A year ago today, we lost a member of the Community Home Trust family. Deanna Carson began her work advocating for affordable housing in Orange County in 2007, and she was a valued member of the Community Home Trust team for more than eight years. As homeownership program manager, Deanna was responsible for preparing our [...]

Standing with Our AAPI Neighbors and Community Members

As our country is yet again wrestling with a very public and devastating hate crime, this time targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Atlanta, our team at Community Home Trust is reminded of the power of words – both to harm and to heal – and the importance of putting our words into action. Racism and hate crimes are [...]

Happy Birthday, CHT!

It's our 30th birthday -- we know, we don't look a day over 29! *blushing* -- and we're planning a party on YOUR porch! Here's what you need to do to make sure you don't miss it: Save the date NOW: Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. Start thinking about who you're inviting -- YOUR friends [...]

Homeowner Stories: Meet Ron

"For me, as a person of faith, I just kept thinking that if this is what God wants for me, it will happen." That's how Ron, who retired from his job at UNC Hospitals two years ago, thought about the process of applying to Community Home Trust and waiting to be eligible for a home. [...]

Stewardship and a Facelift

If you're a CHT homeowner, you may remember learning about our Stewardship Program during your contract meeting. Even if you're not a homeowner, you may have read about the program on our website and wondered what it was all about. Our Property Manager, Ian Morse, sums it up this way: "The Stewardship Program is a [...]

Homeowner Stories: Meet Jack and Chloe (and Wren!)

"Community Home Trust gave us an opportunity to get our feet under us, and when we eventually get to a point where we'll buy a home on the private market, we can pay it back to someone else who is where we were so they can get their start, too." That's how Jack describes how [...]

Laying the Foundation for a Stronger, Healthier Community

By Cheryl Parquet, Director of Community Relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina   Living in Carrboro for more than 25 years now, Sarah Scott has seen a lot of things change. But no change in her community has been as impactful for her family as her experience with Community Home Trust. “Before they took [...]

Homeowner Stories: Meet Kim

"I don't want to tell him what to do; I want to show him what to do. Anything that I expect him to want out of life, I have to do the same thing." That's how Kim, a CHT homeowner in Chapel Hill's Northside neighborhood, describes her homeownership experience: it's all about her 18 year [...]

A Healthy Home for the New Year

It's a new year, and maybe you're thinking about ways to make sure your home starts the year in great shape. Ian Morse, our property manager, says this checklist from the National Center for Healthy Housing is a good place to start. (Click on the images to view and download a full-size copy of the [...]

Homeowner Stories: Meet Kate

"As a person with a disability, housing is a challenge, to put it mildly," shares Kate. A native of Upstate New York, Kate came to North Carolina to attend the UNC School of Social Work. When she graduated, she stayed -- and she's now a social worker in the pediatric oncology clinic at UNC Hospitals. [...]

2020 #bestnine

2020 was quite a year! Here are our CHT #bestnine stats for 2020 -- and cheers to even more growth together in 2021!

The 7 Steps to Becoming a CHT Homeowner

Buying a home through Community Home Trust is a bit different from buying on the private market. If you have questions about the steps outlined below, please email our Program Coordinator Yandry Mastromihalis at or give her a call at 919.967.1545 x313. Visit our website and submit your application. Go to and click [...]

Homeowner Stories: Meet Priscilla

In 2012, Priscilla stumbled on information about Community Home Trust. And although she had no savings, she had a dream of being a homeowner one day. So she applied. And then she waited. Priscilla had moved to Chapel Hill from Kenya in 2006 and started over with nothing. Although she worked in the hotel industry [...]

You have been a gift to me in 2020

By Kimberly Sanchez, Executive Director “What I can say about Community Home Trust is that it’s a blessing.” That’s what Priscilla told us recently, after she purchased her CHT home in October of this year, nine years after she first applied to our program. As I reflect on the end of 2020 – and the [...]

Homeowner Stories: Meet Chris

This week, we're excited to introduce you to our new blog series: Homeowner Stories! Our first homeowner feature is Chris, who has owned his home at Vineyard Square in Chapel Hill for about five years. At 29 years old, Chris is a first-time homeowner -- and he readily admits that he never imagined homeownership would [...]


2020 has been a challenge for all of us in so many ways. Thankfully, Community Home Trust (CHT) residents have had the security of their homes during these uncertain times. These residents include individuals like Kyong M., a nurse and single mother. Just last year, Kyong and her daughter were able to relocate from a [...]

Our Core Values

Our work is guided by these core values: Dedication to our mission: We care about our homeowners, tenants, and the community we share. We seek out new and innovative opportunities and solutions to partner and serve. Focus on inclusion: We want our organization to reflect our community, and we hold ourselves accountable to building a [...]

We’re Thankful

As we enter the holiday season, the Community Home Trust team is thankful for each other, for our family and friends, for our community, and for so much more!