The Home Share Now story began in 2001, when an elderly gentleman asked the Montpelier Housing Task Force why there wasn’t a home sharing program to serve central Vermont. Two years of research and planning led to the creation of Home Share of Central Vermont under the umbrella of the Central Vermont Council on Aging.
Initial funding came from a Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) block grant and in March 2003 a director was hired to direct the new program with the help of dedicated volunteers much like HomeShare Vermont, a Chittenden County program with a two-decade track record of success. To this day, HomeShare Vermont and Home Share Now collaborate.
The years between 2003 and 2010 saw an increase in demand that spurred the realization that home sharing must embrace all ages and encourage a positive environmental impact. With a broadened outlook, Home Share of Central Vermont applied and received a second VCDP block grant.
In 2010 Home Share of Central Vermont became Home Share Now. Far more than just a name change, Home Share Now means forward-looking optimism combined with solid home sharing experience and a strong capacity to take on the housing, environmental, economic, and social challenges our community will face in the next decade.
In 2012 Home Share Now expanded its service area to include nine adjacent towns in Windsor, Orleans, and Caledonia counties and in 2014 added an AmeriCorps Member and a Program Support Provider to our direct service staff to meet increased demand. For the first time in 2015, over 100 people were supported in home sharing matches.
As a 501(c)3 organization, our staff is overseen by a Board of Directors.