VERMONT STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY

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

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.