Rental Housing Stabilization Program

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF PROGRAM CUT-OFF DATE

The Vermont State Housing Authority will stop taking application for the Rental Housing Stabilization Program at 4:30pm on Friday, December 11, 2020.  Only complete applications received by this date will be considered for processing payments for rent arrearage.  A complete application must consist of the:  Tenant Application, Landlord Certification, W-9 form, Direct Deposit form and a voided check.

This program ends in 2020.  If more money is available in 2021 for rental housing stabilization, the program might not cover all past due rent and grants might be limited to a smaller number of months or a percentage of what is owed.  It likely would not include funds for partial rent with the possibility of proceeding with an eviction.  To maximize funds to cover past due rent, apply for all past due rent by December 11, 2020.

Rental Housing Stabilization Program

Program Summary:

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Rental Housing Stabilization Program (RHSP) is for funding landlords on behalf of tenants in need of rental arrearage assistance due to COVID-19 to avert tenant eviction.  This program will provide the VSHA Payment Standard or the actual amount due for the month(s) being claimed, whichever is less, per household at a single unit who meet eligibility criteria.  The goal of this program is to prevent homelessness and to provide housing stability.

Total funding available is currently $25 million.  The program is funded through Vermont’s allocation of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

For further information, click the following link and watch a brief video explaining how both tenant and landlord can benefit from this program.

CLICK HERE:   Rental Housing Stabilization Program Information

All RHSP forms were updated 9/3/20.  If you have previously downloaded any form you may need to refresh your page in order to get the latest version.

Mediation Program:

FREE landlord-tenant mediation to be provided through December 20, 2020! Click on the links below for more information on this program.

Mediation Information

https://vtlandlord.com/mediation_program.php

Eligibility:

To find out if you are eligible –  go here

For a listing of FAQ’s –  go here

To view full Program Narrative –  go here

If an eviction action is pending:  this program can be used to settle eviction cases that have been filed in Vermont Courts.  This can even cover court costs and sheriffs’ fees.  Consult with your attorney or:

Tenants call VT Legal Aid – 1-800-889-2047 or go to http://vtlawhelp.org

Landlords call VT Landlords Association – 802-985-2764 or 888-569-7368

Applications:

In order to fill out the RHSP Application or Certification you will need a pdf reader.  Adobe Acrobat offers a free reader software for desktop and mobile devices.  Click on the icon below to install:

 

 

To apply, click on the appropriate link below and complete the fillable pdf.

You MUST download the application first, complete each field and send the completed form to rentrelief@nullvsha.org

All submissions to the Rental Housing Stabilization Program need to be complete and contain:  Tenant Application, Landlord Certification, and Landlord payment information (W-9, Direct Deposit Authorization Form, voided check).  Submissions will not be considered complete until all forms are received.  All forms should be submitted in a single email, but multiple attachments are acceptable.

Tenant Application –  Go here

Landlord Certification – Go here

For additional information please click this link:  RHSP Seminar

RHSP is open to all Vermont residential tenants.  Landlords are not required to be Vermont residents to receive grant funds.

In addition to the Landlord Certification, click links below for required Landlord forms:

Landlord Direct Deposit Form

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

Voucher Payment Standards

For questions or assistance with applications and submittals please contact:

  • Tenants call VT Legal Aid – 1-800-889-2047 or go to http://vtlawhelp.org
  • Landlords call VT Landlords Association – 802-985-2764 or 888-569-7368

If you are looking for MORTGAGE assistance, please contact the Vermont Housing Finance Agency at http://www.vhfa.org/map or    802-864-5743.  In addition, owners of mobile homes in mobile home parks who need assistance with their mortgages may be eligible for up to six months of missed payments through VHFA under the Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.

 

For additional  information contact:

Vermont State Housing Authority
Attn:  Rental Housing Stabilization Program
One Prospect Street
Montpelier, VT  05602

RENTAL HOUSING STABILIZATION CALL CENTER:
802-828-2040
802-828-1650
802-828-5596

VSHA is committed to equal housing and employment opportunity and will consider reasonable accommodations upon request. Free interpreter services are available. Please tell us if you need an interpreter or other accommodation.
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French

VSHA s’engage à offrir des possibilités égales de logement et d’emploi et envisagera des aménagements raisonnables sur demande. Des services d’interprétation gratuits sont disponibles pour nos programmes. Vous êtes prié de nous faire savoir si vous avez besoin d’un interprète ou d’une assistance quelconque.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VcHz-fIrpU&feature=youtu.be

Russian

VSHA стремится обеспечить равные возможности для проживания и трудоустройства доя всех граждан и рассмотрит разумные условия проживания по востребованию. Для наших программ предлагаются бесплатные услуги переводчика. Пожалуйста, сообщите нам, если Вам требуется переводчик или другая помощь.

Bosnian

VSHA se zalaze za jednak pristup stanovanju i zaposljavanju te ce na zahtijev razmotriti akomodacije. Na raspolaganju su vam besplatne prevodilačke usluge. Molimo vas da nam javite ukoliko vam je potreban prevodilac ili bilo koja druga vrsta akomodacije.

Spanish

VSHA se compromente a la igualdad de acceso tanto a la vivienda como al empleo y se considerará cualquier acomodamiento razonable, en caso de que se pidiera. Hay servicios gratis de interpretación disponibles para nuestros programas. Por favor, avísenos si necesita un intérprete u otra acomodación.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUXGh5MnEaE&feature=youtu.be

Swahili

VSHA imejitolea katika manyumba sawa sawa na fursa ya kazi na itazingatia makao sahihi kulingana na ombi. Huduma ya Utafsiri inapatikana bure. Tafadhali tueleze kama unahitaji mfasiri au huduma nyinginezo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZL40bWsBps&feature=youtu.be

Vietnamese

VSHA cam kết đảm bảo công bằng và cơ hội việc làm đồng thời cũng sẽ xem xét về nhà ở hợp lý dựa trên đề xuất. Hiện có các dịch vụ thông dịch miễn phí cho các chương trình của chúng tôi. Xin cho chúng tôi biết nếu quý vị cần một thông dịch viên hay các thích nghi khác.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH1U-DW5JO4&feature=youtu.be

Somali
VSHA waxaa ka go’an inay u sinnaato fursadda guriyeynta iyo shaqo helista waxayna tixgelin doontaa fududeyn macquul ah marka la codsado. Adeeg turjubaan bilaash ah ayaa la heli karaa. Fadlan noo sheeg haddii aad u baahan tahay turjubaan ama hoy kale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLF0y-py_zo&feature=youtu.be

Chinese (Mandarin)

佛蒙特州住房管理局(VSHA)致力于提供平等的住房与平等的就业机会,并根据要求来考虑合理的住宿条件。我们 还提供免费翻译服务。 请告诉我们您是否需要翻译或有其它的要求。

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp0F9TfYOCs&feature=youtu.be

Arabic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I15CQyP811s&feature=youtu.be

Nepali

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1fvhgpSW8w&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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