COVID-19: Extended Housing Supports for Vulnerable, Homeless Vermonters

17 March 2020

In response to COVID-19, DCF's Economic Services Division is extending housing supports for homeless individuals who:

  1. Are over age 60, or
  2. Have underlying health conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1.

For more information, contact our Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 — M-TH from 8AM to 6PM and FRIDAY from 8AM to 4:15PM.

1. Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age.

  • Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners).
  • Chronic kidney disease as defined by a doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis.
  • Chronic liver disease as defined by a doctor (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis). Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
  • Compromised immune system/immunosuppression (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS).
  • Currently pregnant or pregnant in the last two weeks.
  • Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus).
  • Metabolic disorders (e.g., inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders).
  • Heart disease (e.g., congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease).
  • Lung disease, including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen.
  • Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions, including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual.