Housing Assistance –Read more
Emergency Fuel and Utility Assistance also called Crisis Fuel Assistance – Read more
We can help you with a home heating emergency. If you’re eligible, we can help you with:
- Purchasing the primary source of your heat (oil, natural or propane gas, wood, electric)
- Avoiding disconnect of electric service
- Repairing or replacing your furnace if you are a homeowner
Applications are accepted beginning the last Monday in November through the last Friday in April as long as there is funding. Don’t wait until you have run out of fuel to apply! We cannot help you if the fuel has already been delivered or the furnace work already done.
3 Square Outreach – Read more
3SquaresVT is a federal USDA program administered in Vermont by the Department for Children and Families, Economic Services Division – putting healthy food within reach. Community Action Agencies will help you fill out the application form, if you wish.
3SquaresVT is for everyone who qualifies, including individuals, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. You can use your 3SquaresVT benefits to buy:
- Cold prepared foods such as potato salad and cold sandwiches
- Fruits and vegetables
- Breads and cereals
- Dairy products
- Snacks, candy, ice, non-alcoholic beverages
- Vegetable seeds and plant
These popular coupons provide a $30 benefit and can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmer’s markets around Vermont.
They are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and our supplies are limited. We often run out of non-senior coupons within the first week.
PLEASE NOTE: If your household receives WIC, you must get your coupons through the WIC office, not through Community Action
Food Shelves – Read more
Head Start – Read more
Weatherization Services – Read more
If you qualify, Weatherization can help you with:
- An energy audit to identify potential improvements in energy efficiency comfort, and ways to save you money on your fuel bills.
- A check-up on your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.
- Free lighting and appliance upgrades (where applicable) through our partnership with Efficiency Vermont.
- Renovation construction services from a qualified crew, including materials and supplies.
VTI designs and conducts workshops on residential rental housing laws, codes and code enforcement. Our workshops are custom designed to meet the particular needs of participating groups.
Contact Us: 802-864-0099 or toll free at 1-800-287-7971
Fair Housing Project – Read more
The FHP works with our partners to eradicate illegal housing discrimination in Vermont. We may be able to help you through our information and referral services, fair housing education, training, workshops and outreach. In collaboration with organizations such as the Vermont Human Rights Commission, Regional Planning Commissions and Vermont Legal Aid we can help you can get a spectrum of services ranging from individual assistance with fair housing issues to workshops for municipal planners and zoning administrators.
Does your municipality want to have fair housing assessments and training regarding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing? We can provide these services.
You have recourse if you have been discriminated against in housing in Vermont. Through appropriate referral services we help further enforcement of fair housing laws in Vermont
Mobile Home Program – Read more
Call us at (802) 660-3455 x204
Microbusiness – Read more
- Thinking through your business idea
- Discussing how ready you are to run a business
- Educating you about essential business skills
- Creating a business plan
- Connecting you to other helpful resources
- Getting your credit in order
- Applying for business funding
- Much more!
Have you thought about starting or expanding a small business to:
- Make money doing what you love to do
- Create income from your talents and skills
- Supplement household income
In addition, the program can enroll you in services to support you in saving and attaining your goal. When you are ready to spend your savings and match, a written plan with financial quotes from vendors is required.
With an Individual Development Account (IDA), you save for up to 24 months for one of the following goals:
- Buying a first home
- Getting education after high school
- Starting or expanding a business
Community Kitchen Academy – Read more
Each 13-week session of Community Kitchen Academy contains 10-12 students. To prepare these students with the culinary skills necessary to secure jobs in the food service industry, the professional The Chef Instructors delivers a proven curriculum that was developed by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Students learn about safe kitchen practices—including safe knife handling, preventing cuts, burns, and handling accidents and fires, and managing food allergies—and a variety of skills such as knife sharpening, knife and equipment identification, food safety practices, various cooking methods, food receiving and storage, and the preparation of nutritious recipes and appropriate portion sizes.
Community Housing Grant – Read more
To prevent an individual or family from becoming homeless or to help an individual or family regain stability in current housing or other permanent housing;
To help individuals or families living in shelters, publicly-funded motels, or places not meant for human habitation to move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing;
To provide case management for homeless individuals and families which will provide coordination for the household and provide more intensive interaction and services for clients deemed unlikely to resolve their housing crisis with short-term financial assistance alone.
Eligible Components under the CHG grants include:
- Homelessness Prevention
- Rapid Re-housing
- Case Management
- Transitional Housing (optional).
Rapid Re-housing of the homeless Services are used to help individuals or families living in shelters, publicly funded motels, or places not meant for human habitation to move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing. Eligible activities include housing relocation and stabilization service, short term financial assistance and/or rental assistances for up to 12 months including rental arrears.
Homelessness prevention services are used to prevent an individual or family from becoming homeless including avoiding moving into an emergency shelter, the streets, a publicly funded motel or a place not meant for human habitation or to help an individual or family regain stability in their current housing or other permanent housing. Services include housing relocation and stabilizations services including short term financial assistance and/or rental assistance for up to 12 months including rental arrears.
Vermont Health Connect Navigators – Read more
VITA – The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Read more
WARMTH Program – Read more
Community Action Programs are responsible for eligibility determination and distribution of funds to those eligible. The WARMTH Program is operational from November through April.