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Housing Stability

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Click on the links below to learn more about programs and services administered by AHS departments and community partners that support housing stability and seek to reduce homelessness.

Emergency Housing Programs

  • Housing Opportunity Program - A grant program with blended state and federal funding to support approximately 45 non-profit organizations that deliver emergency shelter; homelessness prevention, flexible client financial assistance, coordinated entry administration and housing navigation services, and rapid re-housing rental assistance. The Housing Opportunity Grant Program targets resources for households that are at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Supportive Housing Programs

  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is a new program being designed by AHS with assistance from Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and its partners, Mathmatica. The program will provide Medicaid coverage for services that Vermonters need to transition into and maintain residency in permanent supporting housing successfully.

Scheduled Listening Sessions

Stakeholder letter - July

Stakeholder letter- September

Community Partners Feedback Survey

Providers and Partner Agency Feedback Survey

Listening Sessions on Preliminary Findings

Research and Housing Policy Alignment Strategy Report

Final VT Stakeholder Report Medicaid PSH Assistance 2023

  • Family Supportive Housing (FSH) provides long-term intensive home-based service coordination and case management to help families experiencing homelessness transition into and sustain permanent affordable housing. FSH is provided by 9 organizations and serves 9 AHS Districts. Families with children under 6, child welfare involvement, and multiple episodes/long-term homelessness are prioritized. 
    • Funding supports 285 families annually  
  • Essential Person Program - The Essential Person Program helps you stay in your home by contributing to the cost of having someone live with you to provide essential care.
  • Assisted Residential Programs - People who need assistance and a place to live, may be eligible for services to help meet that need.
    • Adult Family Care
    • Home Share
    • Nursing Facilities
    • Residential Care and Assisted Living Residences

Transitional Housing

  • Funds transitional housing for people exiting incarceration 
    • This includes emergency shelter, congregate housing, scattered apartments, and permanent housing 
    • Geographically spread out  
    • Individuals must be under DOC supervision 
    • Goal is to bridge the gap between incarceration and permanent housing 

Economic Benefits to Support Housing Costs

  • Emergency/General Assistance - Emergency / General Assistance helps individuals and families to meet their emergency basic needs. This may include help paying for personal needs and incidentals, housing (e.g., mortgage, rent, room rent, temporary housing), fuel & utilities, medical, dental, prescriptions, medical supplies/equipment, and burial costs.
  • Weatherization Program - The Weatherization Program helps lower-income residents — particularly older Vermonters, people with disabilities, and families with children — to save fuel and money by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.
  • Energy Assistance - Programs helping Vermonters afford fuel for their homes
  • Fuel Assistance and Emergency Heating System Program- Fuel Assistance may be able to help pay part of your home heating bill. Emergency Heating System Program can help you with a heating crisis during the winter that involves your home's primary source of heat (e.g., a boiler, fireplace, furnace, heat pump, space heater, or wood-burning/pellet stove).

Explore the Department for Children and Families and the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living for more information about housing, homelessness, and services available to Vermonters.

For more information about affordable housing in Vermont:

Care Coordination Resource Training

These documents are for a select group of people who are supporting the screenings that are initiated by the Care Coordination Resource Team. 

CommCare User Resources