About the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity
OEO works in partnership with the private sector, community-based organizations, government agencies, and others to increase the self-sufficiency of Vermonters, strengthen Vermont communities, and eliminate the causes and symptoms of poverty.
Who is eligible for our programs?
Most OEO programs are targeted to people at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines; however, some programs range up to 185% of the poverty guidelines, a level many researches believe to be a more realistic measure of poverty.
About 1 out of every 10 Vermonters is living below the federal poverty level. 25% had incomes below 185% of poverty in 1990. This means that as many as one in four Vermont residents may qualify for one or more of OEO's programs.