$30M provides rent, mortgage relief to Vermonters

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Vermont State Housing Authority and the Vermont State Housing Finance Agency on Friday announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19.
The programs tap 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 their mortgages.
“Landlords, renters, homeowners and those experiencing homelessness have all been impacted by this virus and need assistance, which is why we’ve worked closely with the Legislature to provide this relief,” said Gov. Phil Scott. “As we continue to fight this virus, keep Vermonters safe and restart our economy, we know our recovery starts with everyone having a safe and secure place to call home.”
These relief programs will be available starting Monday, July 13 through two different programs.
The Vermont State Housing Authority, an agency that manages federal rental assistance programs statewide, will administer the $25 million rental assistance program. Applications, additional program eligibility requirement, and answers to FAQs will be available on Monday, July 13 at
The Vermont Housing Finance Agency, an agency that finances affordable housing statewide, will administer the $5 million mortgage assistance payments, providing some relief to lower income homeowners who could otherwise face foreclosure.
Knowing the need is great and the demand for this assistance will be high, technical assistance has been made available through the Vermont Landlord Association to help landlords across the state access this rental assistance program and through Vermont Legal Aid to help tenants and homeowners access these funds.
“We are proud to be working with these partners to provide this assistance and thankful for their collaboration in getting these programs together so quickly to aid Vermonters in need,” said DHCD Commissioner Josh Hanford. “This is a great first step and we will continue to work with our partners to create programs that ensure Vermonters get the housing assistance they need.”
These programs represent the first $30 million of the total $85 million allocated to address housing needs in H.966 — the law relating to COVID-19 funding and assistance for broadband connectivity, housing, and economic relief. Scott signed the bill into law last week.
More information on these programs will be available at

Share this story:

More News

MREMS seeks big change in funding

Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services wants to eliminate its annual Town Meeting … (read more)


College student dies in dorm, police say no foul play

Middlebury police are investigating the death of a Middlebury College junior and say the p … (read more)

Homepage Featured News

City centenarian talks of well-lived life

Vergennes resident Margaret Clifford offers nearly a century of recollections, from losing … (read more)

Share this story: