Community Services

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OEO administers the federal Community Services Block Grant through five Community Action Agencies that provide direct community services to more than 70,000 low-income Vermonters.


Community Services

The services offered may include: 

  • 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.