Housing Assistance

Family Supportive Housing (FSH)

FSH was developed by the Agency of Human Services to reduce the incidence and duration of child homelessness in Vermont. Priority is given to families who have had multiple episodes of homelessness, have open cases for services with Family Services, and/or have at least one child under the age of six.

FSH has providers in seven communities: Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and White River Junction/Hartford. The providers form partnerships with local affordable housing programs and private landlords to help participating families access stable housing. Each site helps families move into affordable housing and provides intensive home-based case management and service coordination to help them keep their housing. 

Click here to read the latest FSH Annual Report.

Housing Opportunity Grant Program (HOP)

OEO provides a blend of state and federal funds to about 39 non-profit agencies in all areas of the state who provide emergency shelters, including warming shelters, day shelters, and shelters for people fleeing domestic abuse; transitional housing; services to move homeless families and individuals into permanent housing; and services to keep individuals and families from becoming homeless.  Shelters range in size from only a few rooms for families to more than 30 beds for single adults.

Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, Vermont’s publicly-funded emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, and youth shelters, reported the following:

  • 3,872 persons sheltered for a total of 194,505 bed nights
  • Of those, 2,770 were adults and 1,102 were children under the age of 18
  • The average length of stay was about 50 days

Click here to read the latest HOP Annual Report.

Contact Us

Sarah Phillips, Director
Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT - 05671-1050
Phone: (802) 241-0935

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