COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center

All COVID-19 guidance related to close contact, quarantine, and testing recommendations for both individuals and businesses can be found at the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 page.  All statewide masking recommendations have been lifted, though some municipalities may continue to have mask mandates in place through April 30, 2022.  Individual businesses may also have certain masking requirements in place.

Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP)

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) is accepting applications from tenants and landlords for the Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP). For individuals impacted by COVID-19, VERAP benefits can be used to cover both rent and utility costs. Visit VSHA’s FAQ page or application portal to learn more about the program.

 

VERAP applicants can also receive housing counseling services and application assistance from their local Homeownership Center. Visit this webpage to find out what Homeownership Center serves your region.

Housing Support Services

If you are struggling with your mortgage, rent, utilities and other housing expenses because of COVID-19, your local Home Ownership Center can help. They have HUD-approved counselors on staff and available to help you obtain the assistance you need to keep your home. These housing counseling services are provided to any household affected by COVID-19.

Your location will influence which Homeownership Center can provide assistance to you. Find the Homeownership Center that covers your region.

Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP)

The Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) provides one-time assistance with overdue mortgage payments, homeowners association fees, property taxes, and utilities. HAP is designed to help individuals impacted by COVID-19 prevent foreclosure, loss of utilities, and displacement. To learn more about the program, check out the Vermont Housing Finance Agency’s pre-screening tool or this video about Vermonter’s mortgage assistance options.

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