P.O. Box 2315
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Community Home Trust delivers housing affordability to diverse populations in partnership with our communities.

EIN: 56-2141179


Our Organization

World CLT Day

On May 17 and 18, community land trusts (CLTs) around the world will celebrate World CLT Day, an opportunity to acknowledge the worldwide community land trust movement and what it means for individuals and communities. You may know that [...]

Five Homes In Durham

On March 1, CHT purchased five homes on Open Air Camp Road in Durham, officially making them part of our permanently affordable inventory. The residents of those homes are members of the Eno River Tenants' Association and had long [...]

PRESS RELEASE: “Budget Your Way Home” program launches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 8, 2024 Contact: Daniele Berman, Director of External Relations dberman@communityhometrust.org, 919.967.3231 ORANGE COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO HELP FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS STRUGGLING TO QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE On March 15, 2024, local nonprofit [...]

Crawlspace Updates at Legion Road

At Community Home Trust, we consider partnership to be one of the most essential elements of our work. A project underway right now at the Legion Road townhomes in Chapel Hill is a great example of how our partnerships [...]

CHT’s 2023 Wrapped

Maybe you're a Spotify user and your "Wrapped" has arrived. Maybe you're writing holiday cards to family and friends and reflecting on what your family has been up to for the year. Maybe your work requires some year-end reporting [...]

Dowling Home Maintenance Fund

Pictured, L to R: Kevin Foy, Robert Dowling, and Roger Perry, celebrating Robert Dowling receiving CHT's Building Better Futures Award in 2023 Anyone who has ever owned a home knows that there’s much more to the cost than just [...]

Welcome, Thea!

I'm so excited to join the Community Home Trust team! Originally from Indiana, I grew up surrounded by the Midwest values of hard work, humility and community. This foundation set me on a path to pursue community-centered vocations. I [...]

Tanyard Branch Trace (Jay Street) News Update

On Friday, August 11, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) announced that the Town of Chapel Hill’s proposed Tanyard Branch Trace development was selected to receive a highly competitive 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) award. According to [...]

Spring Has Sprung at The Landings!

Spring is here and now so are fresh flowers and herbs at The Landings at Winmore! On this year’s annual survey of residents at Community Home Trust's affordable apartments at The Landings, several residents mentioned that they would like [...]

Latinx Challenges

By Ivelisse Mercado, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator I had the privilege of attending Racial Equity Institute (REI) Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Latinx Challenges workshop earlier this year. REI was founded and grew out of Greensboro, NC and has [...]

Board AND Homeowner Stories: Meet Ava Wellington, Board Chair

“It’s a quiet, reserved community, with many ‘wiser’ residents,” says Ava Wellington of her Meadowmont neighborhood, Greenway. “It’s prime real estate!” Ava has owned her Community Home Trust home since she moved to North Carolina from California in 2015. [...]

Racial Equity Institute Reflections

Last week, the entire Community Home Trust staff participated in Racial Equity Institute's two-day Phase 1 Racial Equity Workshop, some as alumni of the program, and others for the first time. The website describes the course this way: "REI’s [...]

Help Us Welcome New Board Member, Joan Rose!

“Home is a place to really feel settled. It’s a place to feel safe and protected and comfortable and happy to be in. It’s a place to welcome friends and family. It’s a place where I feel like my [...]

MLK Day Reflections

By Ivelisse Mercado, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dedication to using his voice to impact and spark change permanently affects American history. He is an icon for social justice, equity, and community. There are [...]

CHT Staff Binge Recommendations

Got some time off coming up? Maybe you’re looking for your next great binge? We asked our staff members what they’re binge watching, reading, or listening to these days. Here are some of their recommendations: Community Manager Felicia Stroud [...]


By Caroline Veloso Oliveira, Deputy Director At Community Home Trust we do a lot to bring hope to our applicants and community members on their dream regarding affordable housing. With all the work that we do and the remote work [...]

Policy. Practice. Power.

By Kimberly Sanchez, Executive Director Last month, my colleague Daniele and I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for Grounded Solutions Network’s annual conference. Grounded Solutions Network works nationally to connect local housing experts, specifically community land [...]

Welcome, Deja!

We are so excited to welcome Deja Gilmore, our new Program Coordinator, to the Community Home Trust team! At CHT, Deja's role is to work with our applicants, helping them understand the application process, find a home, and complete [...]

Keepin’ It 100!

WHAT A PARTY! Over 100 people joined us for "Keepin' It 100: a Party for Housing" this past Saturday at the Jackson Center. In addition to dancing, eating hot dogs, having their faces painted, and mingling with neighbors and [...]

Welcome, Ivelisse!

Please help us welcome our new Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, Ivelisse Mercado! We asked Ivelisse to introduce herself to our community -- please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself to her, too! As Chapel Hill native [...]

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Board Stories: Meet our President, Bruce Warrington

“It’s a relay race, and it’s my turn to carry the baton. But there’s a team behind me that’s doing all the work.” That’s how Bruce Warrington, the new President of our Board of Directors, describes his view of [...]

  • Caroline Veloso Oliveira

Welcome, Caroline!

Please help us welcome our new Deputy Director, Caroline Veloso Oliveira! “Home is essential. After recently buying my first home, I know how hard it can be. It takes a lot of work, time, and research, and prices keep [...]

  • NotTooLate

It’s Not Too Late!

We are ready to say goodbye to 2021 and ring in the new year…and with it, the opportunity to make more affordable homes available to more neighbors than ever. Will you make a gift to help us start the [...]

  • Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time for joy, gratitude, and generosity. As the leaves change color and the temperature drops, we start thinking about what we’re grateful for. Our homes become the center of safe, fun holiday gatherings with friends [...]

  • Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday!

Today is Giving Tuesday, and in honor of the day, we’re launching our “Home for the Holidays” campaign. And we’re SO excited to share that a generous donor has pledged to match all donations now through the end of [...]

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Who Should Attend CHT’s Annual Meeting?

Do you wonder about the impact CHT is having on the community at large? Did you make a donation to Community Home Trust this past year, and you’re wondering how your donation was put to work? Are you a [...]

  • Calvin Burton

Taking Action on the “I” in DEI: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By Calvin Burton, Development and Donor Relations Manager, cburton@communityhometrust.org. Everyone wants to feel like they “belong” somewhere. Whether that’s at home, with friends, or at work, people want to feel included and heard, and they want to know their [...]

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Board Stories: Barbara Foushee

Mayor Pro Tem and Carrboro Town Council member Barbara Foushee has lived in Carrboro since 1991 -- and in that time, she has seen the town go through quite a bit of change. She says that "change is growth, [...]

  • Our staff in masks

Who Are All Those Masked Men and Women?

Maybe you saw our staff photo in our newsletter this week and wondered, "Who are all those masked CHT staffers?" It's been a while since we've all (well, almost all) been in the same place, and our team has [...]

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Your Weekend Recommendations from Our Staff

It's been a long, hot week here in North Carolina -- and much of the country. The weekend ahead is looking stormy. Maybe you're wondering what to read or watch this weekend while you're staying safe and cool inside? [...]

  • The Landings

Addressing the Rental Housing Crisis

We talk a lot about Community Home Trust as stewards of homeownership opportunities, but did you know that we also own low-income rental housing and are preparing to invest in more? We know that this is the best way [...]

What is the Capital Improvement Incentive Program?

At Community Home Trust, we are always working to improve our partnership with our homeowners and tenants. We’ve listened to you, and your feedback helped us come up with the Capital Improvement Program, launched in October 2020. Owning a [...]

All About Aura

What is Aura?  Aura is a project that is proposing to build almost 400 units of rental housing and approximately 59 units of homeownership in the form of 3-story townhomes on the corner of MLK Blvd. and Estes Drive. This [...]

Board Retreat

This past Saturday, our Board of Directors spent the day at a virtual retreat. During their time together, they celebrated CHT’s successes over the past year, talked about this year’s celebration of our 30th birthday, and laid the groundwork for our work over the next [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 ymastromihalis@communityhometrust.org or give her a call [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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!

Giving Tuesday

In 2017, when Community Home Trust acquired The Landings at Winmore, we did so with the trust of our community and the encouragement of our partners - and with the goal of building community among the residents of the [...]

What We Care About

By Kimberly Sanchez, Executive Director Welcome to our brand-new blog -- and not a moment too soon! What a wild ride 2020 has been, culminating in what was apropos, a wild ride of a presidential election. Community Home Trust (CHT) [...]


This fall has been a season of transitions at CHT!

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