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Latest Winooski Update - Monday, 7.13.20

$30 Million in Housing Assistance for Homeowners, Renters, and Landlords 

Governor Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Vermont State Housing Authority, and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency announced on Friday, July 10th $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The programs utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide relief for those tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments, and those lower income homeowners needing assistance in paying the mortgage.

Assistance for Renters and Landlords

Rental Housing Stabilization Program 

Landlords and tenants who have been affected by COVID-19 can apply for assistance through the Rental Housing Stabilization Program. The Program is being administered by the Vermont State Housing Authority. The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Rental Housing Stabilization Program (RHSP) is for funding landlords on behalf of tenants in need of rental arrearage assistance. This program will provide the VSHA Payment Standard or the actual amount due for the month(s) being claimed, whichever is less, per household at a single unit who meet eligibility criteria. The goal of this program is to prevent homelessness and to provide housing stability.

The program is funded through Vermont’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

VSHA will begin receiving applications soon. Information about program eligibility, and applications, can be found at https://www.vsha.org/rental-housing-stabilization-program/

Assistance for Homeowners

Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

The Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program was established using coronavirus relief funds allocated to the State of Vermont to provide financial assistance to stabilize low- and moderate-income homeowners in Vermont. This program is for persons who are behind on their home mortgages. VHFA is the administrator of mortgage assistance funds and intends to prioritize applicants with lower incomes.

Applications will be accepted between July 13 and August 31. For more information please visit https://www.vhfa.org/map/.

Additional Resources

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, many resources are available through the Vermont Department of Health, the CDC, and the EPA. These pages, documents, and signs offer guidance and instructions that cover a wide range of subjects including health, safety, prevention, hygiene, sanitization, and more. Translated materials are provided.

  • accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/individuals

  • healthvermont.gov/interest-groups/homeowners

  • healthvermont.gov/interest-groups/landlords-renters

  • healthvermont.gov/interest-groups/building-professionals-realtors

  • healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/resources

  • cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html

  • epa.gov/coronavirus

Vermont Department of Health Information Pages

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