Community Services

stocking food shelfOEO administers the federal Community Services Block Grant through five agencies that provide direct services to Vermonters.

Community Action Agency Services

In FFY 2012, five Community Action Agencies provided direct services to more than 70,000 low-income Vermonters, including: 

  • Crisis fuel & utility assistance;
  • Emergency food;
  • Emergency homeless shelters;
  • Financial education;
  • Homelessness prevention and re-housing assistance;
  • Individual Development Account (IDA) — a matched-savings program that helps eligible Vermonters save money to buy a home, pursue higher education, or fund a small business;
  • Job readiness training;
  • Micro-Business Development Program (MBDP), which helps eligilble Vermonters to start, expand, or enhance a micro business;
  • Tax preparation;
  • Transportation assistance; and
  • Weatherization assistance.

Contact Your Local Agency

Not all programs are offered in all areas. Contact your local Community Action Agency to learn what programs they offer in your community.