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:
- Live in Vermont and have rent to pay.
- Be enrolled in Reach Up, Reach First, Reach Ahead, Reach Up SSI, or PSE. Child-Only Reach Up does not qualify.
- Have household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income.
- 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.
- Gather the information you need to complete the application. It will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity and you can't save it.
- Complete the Tenant Application.
- You'll get an email telling you whether you are eligible.
- If your application is accepted, we'll email your landlord/property manager asking them to complete the Landlord Certification.
- We'll notify you once they've completed the certification process.
- Reach Up Central Office will review your application for final eligibility determination and issue payment if no further verification is needed.
Where To Learn More
- Frequently-Asked Questions for Tenants
- Frequently-Asked Questions for Landlords
- Information Landlords Need to Complete The Certification
If you still have questions
Contact your Reach Up Case Manager or email the Emergency Rental Assistance Team.