The hardships imposed by COVID-19 are not over yet. Many Vermonters are still struggling to pay existing and past bills, and the state’s utilities have gotten together to remind us there are two federal grant programs — one for homeowners and one for renters — available to help.
But people should apply now, before the money runs out.
The Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAPP) provides federal grant money for qualified renters to help pay their past due and ongoing utility bills and rent. Learn more and apply at https://vtutilityhelp.com, or by calling 833-3727.
The Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program (VT HAP) provides federal grant money for qualified homeowners to help pay up to $30,000 of their past due utility bills, mortgage, and association fees. Learn more and apply at https://vermonthap.vhfa.org/ or by calling 833-221-4208.
Both programs are tied to income to qualify. In the case of the assistance program for renters, household income must be at or below 80% of the county median.
The program for homeowners includes a pre-screening calculator that will show income limits based on the county of residence and the size of the household. A household of four living in Chittenden County, for example, can qualify with a gross household income of $160,950 annually or less.
In addition to these federal grant programs, people can always take the step of contacting the utility directly to set up a payment plan for past due bills.
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