Cathedral Square is recognized nationally for our high-quality, affordable, service-enriched housing communities for older adults and people with special needs. Founded in 1977 in Burlington, Vermont, our nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging” throughout Vermont and beyond our borders.
We have 25 affordable-housing communities in Chittenden and Franklin counties, each uniquely designed to provide safe and secure apartments at affordable rents, and we help community groups throughout Vermont develop, preserve and enhance affordable-housing communities. Our developments excel in quality design and meet or exceed standards for accessibility, environmentally sustainable building practices, energy efficiency and amenities. Our properties are well-maintained and professionally staffed, consistently receiving high REAC scores and positive results from annual resident surveys.
More than 1,200 Vermonters live in Cathedral Square independent, shared or assisted-living homes. In 2017 we created Vermont’s first affordable memory-care residence, which serves Medicaid recipients with Alzeimer’s and other forms of dementia. We currently have more than 800 people on waiting lists for our properties.
As a leading advocate for a system that better serves the long-term care needs of Vermonters, Cathedral Square created and administers the statewide Support and Services at Home (SASH) program. SASH is a partnership among regional affordable-housing organizations, agencies on aging, hospitals and providers of home health, mental health and primary care services. Working together under the SASH umbrella, these organizations coordinate care and support for Vermonters throughout the state so they can remain living at home independently. SASH was piloted in 2009 and went statewide in 2011 as part of the “Vermont Blueprint for Health” reform initiative and today receives funding through OneCare Vermont. Focusing on wellness, prevention and care management, SASH has been documented to save Medicare expenses, provide better access to care, and improve participants’ health and overall quality life. SASH is a platform for telemedicine and other health-care innovations and is being replicated in other states.
Read about our history and watch our 40th Anniversary Video: