Housing Resource Guide

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Looking for Help to Get or Keep Housing?
REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THEM ALREADY

Serving Rutland and Bennington Counties

Rutland: 802-775-0878

Bennington: 802-775-0878

Serving Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties

Lamoille: 802-888-7993

Orange East: 802-222-5419

Orange West: 802-728-9506

Washington: 802-476-4493

Serving Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties

Addison: 802-388-2285

Chittenden: 802-863-6248

Franklin: 802-527-7392

Grand Isle: 802-527-7392

SEVCA: Serving: Windham and Windsor Counties

Serving: Caledonia, Essex and Orleans

Caledonia: 802-723-6425

Essex: 802-723-6425

Orleans: 802-334-7316

Windham: 802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951

Windsor: 802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951

IF NOT ALREADY WORKING WITH A COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY: Call the Lead Agency in your area to get connected to housing help.

Charter House Coalition

Phone: 802-989-8621

BROC Community Action

Phone: 802-445-1305

Northeast Kingdom Community Action

NEWPORT AREA:

Phone: 802*334-7316 x210

ST JOHNSBURY AREA:

Phone: 802-786-6040

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)

Phone: 802-748-6040

Champlain Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)

Phone: 802-527-7392

Upper Valley Haven

Phone: 802-295-6500

Capstone Community Action

Phone: 800-639-8710 or 802-888-7993

Homeless Prevention Center

Phone: 802-775-9286 x 210

Springfield Supported Housing Program

Phone: 802-885-3034

Capstone Community Action

Phone: 802-479-1053 or 800-639-1053

Public Housing Authorities

30 Washington Street Suite 1

Barre, VT 05641

Phone:  802-476-3185

Websitewww.barrehousingauthority.com

WAITING LIST: OPEN

PREFERENCES: NONE

22 Willowbrook Drive

Bennington VT 05201

Phone:  802-442-8000

Website:  www.benningtonhousingauthority.com

WAITING LIST: CLOSED, RAD PBV is open 

PREFERENCES: Residents of Town of Bennington

101 Melrose Place

Brattleboro, VT 05303

Phone:  802-254-6071

Website:  www.brattleborohousing.org                  

WAITING LIST: CLOSED Vacancies at all apartments

PREFERENCES: MUST BE UNDER 62 YEARS OLD

HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WITH DISABILITY AND BE PREVIOUSLY

HOMELESS AND CURRENTLY IN A SUPPORTED HOUSING PROGRAM

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE: Guilford, Brattleboro, Vernon,

Dummerston, Halifax, Marlboro, Putney, Brookline, Newfane

65 Main Street

Burlington VT 05401

Phone:  802-864-0538

Website:  www.burlingtonhousing.org

WAITING LIST: OPEN

PREFERENCES: Chittenden County residents

BHA gives priority to families (household of 2 0r more),

the elderly, and the non-elderly disabled household

Montpelier Housing Authority

155 Main Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone: 802-229-9232

WAITING LIST: OPEN

Website: Montpelier Housing Authority – Find Local Vermont Housing At OfficialHousingAuthority.com

PREFERENCES: Involuntary Displacement; Substandard Housing or; paying 50% of your gross income for rent and utilities for at least 90 days.

5 Tremont Street

Rutland, VT 05701

Phone: 802-775-2926

Website:  www.rhavt.org

WAITING LIST: OPEN

PREFERENCES: CONTACT DIRECTLY

 

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80 Main Street

Springfield, VT 05156

Phone: 802-885-4905

Website:www.springfieldhousingauthorityvt.org

WAITING LIST: CLOSED Vacancies at Apts.

PREFERENCES: Town of Springfield Residents

83 Barlow Street

Winooski, VT 05040

Phone: 802-655-2360

Website: www.winooskihousing.org

WAITING LIST: OPEN

PREFERENCES: CONTACT DIRECTLY

I Prospect Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone: 802-828-3295

Website:  www.vsha.org

WAITING LIST: CLOSED

PREFERENCES: CONTACT DIRECTLY

VETERANS:

If you are a Veteran tenant, or the landlord of a Veteran tenant, and expect that you will continue to struggle to have rent paid after VERAP is over, please contact any of the following to see about Veteran Specific Services.

SUBSIDIES:

SSVF@UVM Shallow Subsidy Program

 OR

Veterans Inc. SSVF Shallow Subsidy Program

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT:

The VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans provides 24-hour phone support for Veterans that are homeless or concerned about their housing stability. The number is 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838). The website for the Call Center is National Call Center for Homeless Veterans – VA Homeless Programs

If you are a landlord and wish to rent to a Veteran, please contact housing4vets.vt.nh@va.gov or 1-802-280-6651.

COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS

PO Box 311

Vergennes, VT 05491

Phone: 802-257-4691

Website: www.brattleborohousing.org

Serving Addison County

 

224 Melrose Street

Brattleboro, VT 05301

Phone: 802-254-6071

Website: www.brattleborohousing.org

Serving Brattleboro Areas

412 Farrell Street, Suite 100

South Burlington, VT 05403

Phone: 802-863-2224

Website: www.cathedralsquare.org

Serving All Vermont Counties    

c/o Winooski Housing Authority

83 Barlow Street

Winooski, VT 05404

Website:  www.winooskihousing.org

Serving Burlington and Winooski

22 Keith Avenue

Barre, VT 05641

Phone:  802-479-0120

Email:  Kira Charissakis – kcharissakis@downstreet.org

Website:  www.downstreet.org

Serving all of Washington; Parts of Orange County And Parts of Lamoille County

1 Prospect Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Phone:  802-828-3295

Website:  www.hfivt.org

Serving All Vermont Counties

Wales Street

Rutland, VT 05701

Phone: 802-775-3139

Website:  www.housingrutland.org

Serving Rutland County

49 Brigham Street

Morrisville, VT 05661     

Website: www.lamoillehousing.org

Serving Lamoille Valley Region

110 Marble Street

West Rutland, VT 05777

Phone: 802-438-2303

Email: info@nwwvt.org

Website: https://www.nwwvt.org/

Serving Addison, Rutland, and Bennington counties

21 Main Street  

Randolph, VT 05060

Phone:  802-728-4305

Website:  www.racdc.com

Serving Braintree, Brookfield, and Randolph

48 Elm Street

Lyndonville VT 05851

Phone:  802-535-3555

Email: info@ruraledge.org

Website:  www.ruraledge.org

Serving Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties

302 South Street

Bennington, VT 05201

Phone: 802-442-8139

Website:  www.shireshousing.org

Serving Bennington

240 South Main Street Suite 4

White River Junction, VT 05001-7072

Phone: 802-291-7000

Website:  www.tphtrust.org

Serving Bethel, Bradford, Bridgewater, Fairlee, Hartford; Hartland, Newbury, Norwich, Pomfret Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Topsham, Tunbridge, Vershire, W. Fairlee, W. Windsor, Windsor, Woodstock and adjacent NH Towns.

68 Birge Street

Brattleboro, VT 05301

Phone: 802-254-4604

Website:  www.homemattershere.org

Serving Windham County

OTHER IMPORTANT RESOURCES

211 A GREAT RESOURCE TO REACH OUT TO IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES NOT LISTED

Vermont 211 Homepage — VT 211

Public Benefit Programs – Including Reach-Up, 3SquaresVT, Fuel Assistance, Water Assistance and more:

https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits

  1. ONLINE: Use the online application.
  2. BY MAIL: Call 1-800-479-6151 or visit a district office to get a paper application.
  3. IN PERSON: Apply in person at your local district office.

Utility Assistance: Please click here: Financial or Payment Assistance for Utility Customers | Department of Public Service (vermont.gov)

Vermont Legal Aid:

  1. Assistance on fund requests (proving financial eligibility, amount of rent arrearage and amount of rental assistance, money to move, and other expenses related to housing), including assistance in applying where necessary.
  2. Appeals in response to denied application.
  3. Advice on tenants’ legal rights
  4. Representation in mediation
  5. Limited Representation in an eviction to settle and dismiss an eviction case with use of VERAP fund

WEBSITE FOR INFO ON VERAP: https://vtlawhelp.org/money-for-past-due-rent

Or email:  VRAPHelpline@vtlegalaid.org

Referral phone number: 1-800-889-2047 PRESS 2

Vermont Landlords Association:

  1. Assistance in applying.
  2. Landlords applying – unresponsive tenant
  3. Landlords raising complex landlord-tenant situation

General Landlord Support:  Website:  www.vtlandlord.com

Mediation Program: mediation@vtlandlord.com

Referral Phone Numbers: 802-985-2764 or 1-888-569-7368

Portal Walk Through Videos

If you need application assistance, please first refer to the video walkthroughs below. These videos are designed to walk applicants and owners through the VERAP process.

Community Partners

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Application Assistance

Below is a list of community partner organizations able to assist applicants without access to the internet, a computer, or mobile device capable of completing an online application. We also provide Multilingual Technical Assistance for applicants.

Other agencies who can assist you can be found on the 211 site or by calling 211.

Addison County

CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

https://cvoeo.org/

(802) 388-2285

Charter House Coalition

https://chcvt.org/

(802) 989-8621

Bennington County

BROC – Community Action

332 Orchard Road, Bennington, VT 05201

https://www.broc.org/

(802) 775-0878

NeighborWorks® of Western Vermont

110 Marble Street, West Rutland, VT 05777

http://www.nwwvt.org/

(802) 438-2303

Caledonia County

NEKCA – Northeast Kingdom Community Action

115 Lincoln St, St Johnsbury 05819

https://www.nekcavt.org/

(802) 723-6425

RuralEdge

48 Elm Street, PO Box 259
Lyndonville, VT 05851

http://www.ruraledge.org/

(888) 698-8466

Chittenden County

Champlain Housing Trust

88 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401

http://www.getahome.org/

(802) 862-6244 

CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

https://cvoeo.org/

(802) 863-6248 ext. 4

Essex County

NEKCA – Northeast Kingdom Community Action

70 Cross Street, Island Pond, VT 05846

https://www.nekcavt.org/

(802) 723-6425

253 Gale Street, Canaan, VT 05093

https://www.nekcavt.org/

(802) 266-7134

RuralEdge

48 Elm Street, PO Box 259
Lyndonville, VT 05851

http://www.ruraledge.org/

(888) 698-8466

Franklin and Grand Isle Counties

Champlain Housing Trust

88 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401

http://www.getahome.org/

(802) 862-6244 

CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity/Samaritan House

https://cvoeo.org/

(802) 527-7392

Samaritan House

Lisa Ouimette

lisa@samaritan-house.com

802-527-0847

Brian Aikens

brian@samaritan-house.com

802-527-0847

Lamoille County

Capstone Community Action

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT

https://www.capstonevt.org/

(802) 888-7993

Downstreet Housing &
Community Development

107 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641

http://www.downstreet.org/

(802) 476-4493

Orange County East

Capstone Community Action

22 Whistle Stop Way, Bradford, VT 05033

https://www.capstonevt.org/

(802) 222-5419

Orange County West

Capstone Community Action

12 Prince Street, Randolph, VT 05060

https://www.capstonevt.org/

(802) 728-9506

Downstreet Housing &
Community Development

107 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641

http://www.downstreet.org/

(802) 476-4493

Orleans County

NEKCA – Northeast Kingdom Community Action

70 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855

https://www.nekcavt.org/

(802) 334-7316

371 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855

https://www.nekcavt.org/

(802) 334-0184

RuralEdge

48 Elm Street, PO Box 259
Lyndonville, VT 05851

http://www.ruraledge.org/

(888) 698-8466

Rutland County

BROC – Community Action

45 Union Street, Rutland, VT 05701

https://www.broc.org/

(802) 775-0878

NeighborWorks® of Western Vermont

110 Marble Street, West Rutland, VT 05777

http://www.nwwvt.org/

(802) 438-2303

Washington County

Capstone Community Action

20 Gable Pl, Barre, VT 05641

https://www.capstonevt.org/

(802) 479-1053

Downstreet Housing &
Community Development

107 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641

http://www.downstreet.org/

(802) 476-4493

Windham County

SEVCA – Southeastern Vermont Community Action

Westminster

91 Buck Dr, Westminster, VT 05301

Brattleboro

15 Grove St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

https://sevca.org/

(802) 722-4575 and (800) 464-9951

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust

68 Birge Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

https://www.homemattershere.org/keepyourhome/

(802) 246-2116

Windsor County

SEVCA – Southeastern Vermont Community Action

SEVCA Outreach Office
97 Park Street
Springfield, VT 05156

White River Junction Office

222 Holiday Drive, Suite 21,
WRJ, VT 05001

https://sevca.org/

(802) 722-4575 and (800) 464-9951g

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CVOEO – Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project

https://www.cvoeo.org/

(802) 860-1417 x117

USCRI Vermont – U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

https://refugees.org/uscri-vermont/

(802) 655-1963

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Tenants:

VT Legal Aid

https://vtlawhelp.org/vlh-intake

1-800-889-2047

Vermont Legal Aid provides assistance to tenants who need help with the following:

  1. Determining eligibility and how to show eligibility
  2. How to allocate benefits
  3. Appealing denials
  4. Questions about tenant’s legal rights
  5. Representation in a mediation
  6. Representation in an eviction for non-payment of rent

Landlords:

Vermont Landlord Association

https://vtlandlord.com/

802-985-2764 or 1-888-569-7368

General Landlord Assistance

email: info@vtlandlord.com

Mediation Program

email: mediation@vtlandlord.com

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The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) is coming to an end.

 

Following are the changes that will be implemented to VERAP beginning December 1st, 2022 – These changes supersede prior policies.

 Appeals:

  1. If an applicant is determined to be ineligible for assistance, Team ReFrame will notify the applicant in writing with a detailed reason for the denial, including any facts relied on for the decision, and let the applicant know that if they wish to appeal the decision, the tenant must notify Team ReFrame by scheduling an appeal through the portal or calling the VERAP call center, of their intent to appeal the decision within 10 days from the date of the denial.
  2. If applicant misses deadline they cannot come back and update their applications and request an appeal.

  Recertification Policy for Lapse in benefit Period:

  1. Recertification paperwork resubmitted within three (3) months of the last approved recertification will require no additional documentation.
  2. Benefit requests through Recertifications will be limited to 3 months of rental arrears. If a participant recertifies more than 90 days from their last approved recertification, they will be required to provide documentation of the household’s income at the time they should have originally recertified, as well as their current income, in order to receive benefits. 
  3. For tenants who were paid directly per Section K of this document, documentation of arrears MUST accompany a recertification document if any time has lapsed since last day of the month in which VERAP rent assistance was received.

 

Following are the changes that will be implemented to VERAP beginning October 1, 2022. Clarification of these rules may continue please check our website on Fridays for the most up-to-date information.

Rental Assistance:

  1. VERAP will STOP taking new applications for Rent.
  2. Participants who receive rental subsidy (such as Section 8) will no longer be eligible for rental assistance.
  3. Existing VERAP participants (those applying to VERAP prior to 10/1/22) will receive reduced rental and utility assistance dependent on income, according to the following schedule.
    • Participants with incomes between 31-80% of Area Median Income:
      • October 1, 2022, assistance will be reduced to 70%
      • November 1, 2022, assistance will be reduced to 50%
      • Rental Assistance will end November 30, 2022 
    • Participants with incomes at or below 30% of Area Median Income and below:
      • October 1, 2022, assistance will be reduced to 70%
      • Assistance will be provided until funding is gone.

Substantive Income Changes:

If an applicant’s reported income changes and the change results in the applicant being categorized in a new area median income (AMI) category, documentation of the reason for change and/or documentation of new income will be required

4. All HOTEL Nights will be capped at a rate of $130 per night

Other Expenses Related to Housing:

Application for Other Expenses Related to Housing are impacted as follows:

  1. VERAP will stop taking new applications for Other Expenses Related to Housing Habitability Repairs on 09/23/2022

  2. All Health and Safety Repairs must be completed, and all documentation uploaded by 11/30/2022

    • Arrears, Filing Fees, Sherriff Fees, and Plaintiff Legal Fees are eligible at 100% benefit
    • Stipulations received after 9/30/22 cannot include forward rent
    • Stipulations received after 9/23/22 cannot include damages
    • Stipulations are available to all VERAP approved participants, including tenants with a rental subsidy

      Stipulation Payments – New applications will not be accepted after 11/30/2022

  3. Rent into Court Applications will no longer be accepted after 11/30/2022

  4.   Money To Move applications will be accepted until 11/30/2022

    • All applicants with a subsidy are eligible for this benefit until 11/30/22.
    • All money to move requests will be paid at 100% and need to be requested within thirty days of move in date. 

Reach-Up Rental Assistance:

  1. Reach Up’s Rental Assistance is expected to continue until June 2023 — unless the funds run out before then.
  2. Approved Applicants are only eligible for a maximum of 18 months of rental payments. Some families may receive fewer than 18 months due to the program ending in June 2023.
  3. The program will keep:
    • Accepting new applications and making payments through June 30, 2023.
    • Paying the tenant’s portion of rent even if the tenant lives in subsidized housing.
    • Paying what the tenant owes.
  4. Utilities for Reach-Up Emergency Rental Assistance (RUERA) approved rental applicants will be paid at 100% until December 31, 2022 (or longer depending on the availability of funding)

Utilities (VERAP-U and REAP):

  1. Utility applications for VERAP and REAP will be accepted through December 31, 2022.
  2. For benefit month October 1, 2022, and thereafter, assistance will be reduced to 70%.
  3. Applications submitted after 9/30/2022 will receive assistance at 70% for all benefit months including arrearages.
  4. All utility payments will end December 31, 2022.

Other Helpful Resources:

Vermont 211 Homepage — VT 211

Public Benefit Programs – Including General Assistance Emergency Housing, 3SquaresVT, Fuel Assistance, Water Assistance and more:

https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits

  1. ONLINE: Use the online application.
  2. BY MAIL: Call 1-800-479-6151 or visit a district office to get a paper application.
  3. IN PERSON: Apply in person at your local district office.

We have worked to create a summary of resources that may assist you during this time of transition.  Here is a list that you may find helpful. 

Housing Resources Guide | Vermont Income Limits.

If you have other needs, you may also reach out to 211 for resources that may not be listed here.