Rental Assistance Program


New Update! – Changes to how the VSHA Section 8 Department operates. Please review the items below.

NEWSection 8 Client Services Specialist Staff Directory

Section 8 Territories

Fiscal Year 2024 VSHA Annual Plan for Comment

Vermont State Housing Authority seeks comments on its FY 2024 VSHA Annual Plan. Written comments on these documents can be sent to gro.ahsvnull@illek or mailed to Kelli Robinson at One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. A public hearing and opportunity to comment will be held at 11am on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. This public hearing will be held at the Vermont State Housing Authority located at One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 with the opportunity to participate virtually via Zoom. For additional details, please contact Robert Abbott at (802) 828-4154.

Changes to Portability Admin Fees. Please read the attachment.

Portability Admin Fee eff. 6.1.23

Section 8 Rental Assistance 

The Section 8 Existing program provides rental assistance to help eligible families live in safe and decent housing of their choice. With funding provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by local public housing authorities, as well as VSHA, this program utilizes privately owned existing housing stock.

Families, elderly, disabled and single people whose income falls within the income guidelines qualify for this program. After a person applies and is determined eligible, they are placed on a waiting list until funds become available to assist them. When funding becomes available, a certificate or voucher is issued.

A voucher is the written guarantee of VSHA to the tenant or prospective landlord that the voucher holder is eligible for participation in the program. The voucher is used by the holder in locating a house or apartment of his/her choosing. The voucher sets forth the bedroom size the family needs and outlines the family’s obligations under the program and the period of time the family has to locate suitable housing.

VSHA also administers a Project-Based Voucher and Moderate Rehabilitation program. Both of these programs are project specific housing rather than open market. Tenants are selected from the existing waiting list, owners and/or managers determine suitability and VSHA determines eligibility for participation in the program. The subsidy is attached to the UNIT and NOT to the family. Therefore, if a family vacates a Project-Based Voucher or Moderate Rehabilitation unit and still wishes to have a subsidy, they must reapply under a different program. Agents and Owners of a Project-Based Voucher will want to read the latest notice regarding the program by clicking here (Updated 9 May 2023).

The Shelter Plus Care program provides rental assistance to homeless people with disabilities. Supportive services, at least equal in value to the rental assistance, must be funded from other sources.

The Family Unification program promotes family unification by providing rental assistance to families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation, or threat of imminent separation, of children from their families. Program eligible households are referred to VSHA by the Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services.

The Mainstream Housing program funds rental assistance for non-elderly disabled families. Its primary purpose is to enable disabled families to rent affordable private housing.

Tenants in the Section 8 Existing Housing Choice Voucher program are free to select their own housing unit anywhere in the state where VSHA has the authority to operate, provided the unit meets housing quality standards and certain rent limitations. Housing quality standards help to insure that housing rented under this program is decent, safe and sanitary. There are two kinds of housing quality standards under Section 8 Existing:

1. Things that a home MUST HAVE in order to be approved by the VSHA.

2. Additional features that a family should take into consideration when renting to cover special needs of the family.

New Construction/Substantial Rehabilitation

This program was designed to create new and rehabilitated housing for low income families and the elderly in communities without sufficient housing that is rated safe, sanitary and adequate. Since the early 1980’s, no new housing has been constructed or rehabilitated under this program.

VSHA is the contract administrator for the project. Staff conduct regular inspections to monitor the management activities of the owner, insure the buildings are well maintained, and determine the needs and/or satisfaction of tenants. The owner selects the tenants. VSHA reviews all applications to insure each applicant’s eligibility, and to insure that tenants are being charged the proper amount of rent.

For More Information:

The following documents provide detailed information on policies and procedures of the Section 8 programs:

    • Tenant Briefing Packet (2021) – Go here
    • Voucher (Existing Program) – Go here
    • Standard Owner-Occupant Lease (Existing and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs) (HUD Form #52635-L and 52641-L) – Go here
    • Housing Assistance Payments Contract (Existing and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs) (HUD Form #52635 and 56641) – Go here
    • Family Self-Sufficiency Contract (Existing Program) (HUD Form #52656) – Go here
    • HUD Regulations: 24 CFR 812,813,882,887,888,966 (Existing and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs) – Go here
    • HUD Handbook 7420.3 and 7420.7 (Moderate Rehabilitation Program) – Go here
    • Notice of Non-Discrimination and Accessibility for Persons with  Disabilities – Go here
    • Five Year and Annual Plan – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Index – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 1 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 2 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 3 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 4 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 5 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 6 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 7 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 8 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 9 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 10 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 11 Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 12 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 13 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 14 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 15 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 16 – Go here
    • Section 8 Administrative Plan Chapter 17 – Go here
    • EHV Operating Policies Addendum to Section 8 Administrative Plan – Go here
    • Mainstream Extraordinary Administrative Fees Policy – Go here
    • Section 8 Multi-Family Utilities Worksheet – amended 02/22/2023 – Go here
    • Section 8 Single-Family Utilities Worksheet – amended 02/22/2023 – Go here
    • FY 2023 Fair Market Rents – Go here
    • FY 2023 Voucher Payment Standards Go here
    • Moving Process for Participants Policy Letter – Go here
    • Housing Inspection Request Form – Go here

Continuum of Care Homelessness Program:

Mainstream Resources List

VSHA S+C – Actual Services Match 6.13.19

VSHA Chronic Homelessness History Form 5.7.19

2019 Point-In-Time Report FINAL.docx

Attached are reports for completed grant terms (FFY2016 funding), that ended last year, for both HUD CoC Programs administered by VSHA:  Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing (“Shelter+Care”).  The data and narratives highlight the significant efforts of our Providers, as well as VSHA’s dedicated & compassionate staff, to serve the most vulnerable Vermonters.

For more information, please contact Daniel Blankenship – gro.ahsvnull@leinad

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program:

Current Resource Capacity

Stakeholder Chart


Narrative Responses to the Rating Factors in Section V.A.1

CoC Homelessness Program Agreement

State Education Agency

Youth System Map

PCWA Agreement

Youth Action Board Agreement

Local Government Agency Agreement

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

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