Reach First

Reach First helps families overcome temporary, short-term financial crises and avoid the need for ongoing assistance.

You may choose to participate in Reach First, if you:

  • Are filing a new application for Reach Up assistance;
  • Only need temporary, short-term help; and
  • Are likely to be self-sufficent in 4 months or less.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility for Reach First is the same as for Vermont’s Reach Up program with one exception: income from child support (after a disregard of the first $50 received in a month) is counted as unearned income to determine eligibility and potential benefits.

What assistance is provided?

Reach First provides case management, financial help, and support services. A cash benefit may be provided in a lump sum or in payments, based on a family’s needs.

How do I apply?

  1. Click here to go to our online application. Or call our Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 to request a paper application.
  2. Check the box for Reach Up.
  3. Complete and submit your application.
  4. When you speak to a worker, mention that you would like to participate in Reach First.

Where can I get more information?

Call our Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 to:

  • Set up an account you can use to get information about your case (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Speak to a customer service agent during regular business hours: Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM; and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM.