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Reach Up Emergency Rental Assistance

Helps eligible households to pay their rent. It's expected to continue until June 2023 — unless the funds run out first.

Who Is Eligible

To qualify, you must:

  1. Live in Vermont and have rent to pay.
  2. Be enrolled in Reach Up, Reach First, Reach Ahead, Reach Up SSI, or PSE. Child-Only Reach Up does not qualify.
  3. Have household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income.
  4. Have at least one household member who experienced financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g., qualified for unemployment, had increased expenses or decreased income).

If Your Application Is Approved

You could get:

  • Up to 18 months of rental assistance (or fewer if the funding ends).
  • Assistance can be a combination of current rent, future rent, and past-due rent incurred on or after March 13, 2020.
  • A security deposit required to secure the unit.

How To Apply

The best option is to apply online. You'll need internet access, an email address, and your landlord/property manager's email address. If you don't have all three, email us or call your Reach Up Case Manager to request a paper application or fillable pdf.

  1. Gather the information you need to complete the application. It will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity and you can't save it.
  2. Complete the Tenant Application.
  3. You'll get an email telling you whether you are eligible.
  4. If your application is accepted, we'll email your landlord/property manager asking them to complete the Landlord Certification.
  5. We'll notify you once they've completed the certification process.
  6. Reach Up Central Office will review your application for final eligibility determination and issue payment if no further verification is needed.

Tenant Application

Where To Learn More

If you still have questions

Contact your Reach Up Case Manager or email the Emergency Rental Assistance Team.