VERAP will be accepting applications for rental assistance through 12/31/2021 or until the funds are depleted. Additionally, the federal government may extend funding for VERAP through September 30, 2022 if funding is available. Please continue to check this site regularly for updates.
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Vermont state housing Authority
Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling in the State of Vermont and meet the criteria below:
If you are currently participating in one or more of the following Vermont programs, you are not eligible for VERAP. However, you may be eligible for emergency assistance under these programs, please refer to The Agency of Human Services at https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/reachup/ERA
An eligible household that lives in a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive ERAP assistance as long as VERAP funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance. This would include Section 8 housing. If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household may receive VERAP assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that are not subsidized.
Household income at or below 80% of AMI for the county where you reside.
VERAP will use 2020 W2’s or tax filings when determining eligibility for benefits.
All adult members of your household over the age of 18 must provide the following:
Rent assistance can be provided for 3 months at a time.
An eligible household member must have a COVID-19 financial hardship as defined below, AND be at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
Financial hardship categories.
VERAP will rely on “written attestation signed by applicant who has experienced reduction in Household Income. Applicants will provide a written attestation that one or more members of the household experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Payments to Tenants will only be made if the landlord refuses to cooperate by submitting a required landlord application, either online or in paper format.
The following data elements will be collected with each tenant application.
For Head of Household
For Each Member 18 years or older:
The following data elements will be collected with each landlord application.
VERAP will begin offering assistance on April 5th, 2021.
Please use the interactive VERAP Eligibility Chatbot available on the website to determine initial program eligibility. If eligible, you will be redirected to the application portal where you can submit your application.