To help landlords and tenants facing pandemic-related financial problems, refer to this resource sheet created by Upper Valley Strong, a coalition made up of over 35 non-profit organizations, agencies and town representatives who come together during times of crisis, such as COVID-19. Further information about promoting safe practices in your housing community can be found on the Upper Valley Strong website.
Funding from the CARES Act will be available to NH residents for rental assistance. The five Community Action Program (CAP) agencies in NH will be administering the funds. There are 2 types of assistance:
- A one-time grant (up to $2,500) for past due rent (from April 2020) or other housing-related expenses as a result of lost household revenue or increased household expenses (must be related to COVID-19). This grant program is targeted to those households who will be able to maintain their housing without assistance after the one-time assistance payment.
- Short-term rental assistance for those who are looking to maintain or secure permanent housing (includes first month’s rent and ongoing short-term rental assistance).
What You Should Know:
- Both the one-time grants and the short-term rental assistance will be coupled with regional case management services to help connect households to appropriate services as defined by the household and the agency.
- There are no income guidelines, but the loss of income or additional expense must be COVID-related.
- An Eviction Notice is not required, but a Demand for Rent or ledger is necessary.
- You do not need to have met with your city/town welfare first in order to get access to funding.
- Program payments will be made directly to the landlord or provider.
- The program will end by December 30, 2020.
How to Apply:
- Online at the TCCAP interest form website.
- Applications will be online, but paper copies can be requested
- If you need help applying, you can contact:
- LISTEN Community Services, 603-448-4553, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lebanon Human Services, 603-448-2944
If the amount of arrears cannot be cured by rental assistance from the CARES Act, tenants can apply for additional rental assistance from City/Town Welfare.
Rental Housing Stabilization Fund:
- The VT State Housing Authority’s Rental Stabilization Program (for LANDLORDS and TENANTS to pay up to 6 months’ rental arrearages, including mobile home lot rent) application will open up on MONDAY, July 13: https://www.vsha.org/rental-housing-stabilization-program/
- VT Legal Aid has also been granted funds to support TENANTS navigate these resources and the VT Landlords Association will assist LANDLORDS.
Mortgage Assistance Program:
- The VT Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) for HOMEOWNERS for mortgage assistance – applications will open July 13 through August 31 and will pay up to 3 mortgage payments per household for VT primary homeowners who’ve had closings before March 1 and who are income-eligible: https://www.vhfa.org/map
Re-Housing Recovery Fund:
Emergency housing rehabilitation grants and forgivable loans to make up to 250 units of housing available to re-house homeless families experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
AREA OF NEED:
- Homeless Families/Substandard Existing Rental
- Housing Stock Grant and forgivable loans disbursed by housing service provider(s) selected by RFP process with oversight authority through Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development.
How to Apply:
For up more information about how to apply for funds through the state of Vermont, please visit the Vermont Economic Recovery and Relief Package Website.
Additional Resource in VT:
Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA): SEVCA provides a wide variety of services to individuals and families in Windham and Windsor Counties, including utility and housing assistance; help accessing State and local support networks like 3SquaresVT, supplemental fuel assistance, medical insurance, unemployment benefits, etc.; financial literacy courses; small business development; tax assistance; weatherization services; Head Start; advocacy, information, and referrals; and thrift stores. SEVCA is also available to help people affected by COVID-19 find, explore, and access options for recovery and stabilization. Visit the SEVCA Website for more details.