Financial Relief & Unemployment

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To apply for unemployment in Vermont please visit

To call: 

  • Claimants
    • Establish an Initial Claim: 1-877-214-3330
    • Claimant Assistance: 1-877-214-3332
    • File Weekly Claim: 1-800-983-2300
  • Employers
    • Employer Assistance: 1-877-214-3331
    • Employer Services: 802-828-4344

Details: Worker Protections — The package requires employers to provide two weeks paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family leave for employees affected by the virus, the cost of which could then be claimed by the employer as a tax credit.

Employees of covered employers are eligible for:

Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined, and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or

Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine, or to care for a child under 18 yrs whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19; and

Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

For more information, visit:
• Senate Passes Final Version of House Coronavirus Bill Offering Paid Leave
• Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Questions & Answers
• FFCRA Posters in other languages
• FAQs about Furloughs and Reductions in Hours at Work

New Hampshire

Town Welfare Office. All towns in New Hampshire are required to assist their residents with basic needs, which includes housing. If you need financial help, contact your town or city hall and ask for the welfare official. If the welfare official is not available, ask for the town or city manager.

City of Lebanon Human Services: The office will be open for appointments only from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm (no walk-ins). Customers need to call (603-448-2944) or email: to schedule an appointment.

LISTEN Community Services. Please call 603-448-4553 or email to be connected to a service coordinator.


VT Economic Services is temporarily waiving in person contact requirements for our benefit programs until further notice. Individuals should call the Benefits Service Center at 1- 800-479-6151 or apply online at General Assistance – We will determine eligibility via phone. An individual calls the BSC at 800-479- 6151, speaks to a call center agent or leaves a voicemail message leaving a call back number. The BSC emails the district management team for the client’s home district. A Benefits Program Specialist will contact the person back and do the eligibility over the phone with them. Individuals will still be able to drop off documents if they are uncomfortable sending them via mail or via the uploader at All Reach Up Case Management contact will be via phone or other technology.

Both States/National Resources

Health Insurance under Affordable Care Act:
Expenses relating to Covid-19 Medicaid/care:
For families who have lost healthcare due to unemployment related to COVID-19, Cobra is an option, but expensive. Check with your employer for details.

New Hampshire

NH Medical, SNAP, Child Care, Medicare Beneficiary and Long Term Care Assistance:
New Hampshire Insurance Dept:
DHHS Temporary Eligibility and Program Changes
Medicaid COVID-19 Special Notices


For information on enrolling for health insurance in Vermont visit 

Walmart offering curb-side pharmacy pick up for customers with existing prescriptions on file, or called in from a doctor (they will not run out to take a prescription from customer and bring it back in to fill). All curb-side pick up is case by case and based on staff availability.  Customers need to call ahead.

Vital Communities  has helped put together a list of COVID-19 resources for Upper Valley businesses. See the full list here.

SEVCA: Tax Preparation Assistance is still happening at the Westminster, Windsor, and White River Junction sites, but it will now be done by having clients drop off their tax documents at their assigned site, and then clients will be contacted by phone for further service instead of sitting with the preparer as it has been done in the past.

NH Tax Assistance: Call 211 or Visit to talk with an IRS certified tax preparer 1-866-444-4211 Outside of NH: 1-866-444-4211 (Or) visit to prepare your own return for free, with guidance from a toll-free helpline.

LISTEN Thrift Stores Lebanon location is now open Monday-Sunday 9-5. The Canaan store is open Monday-Sunday 10-5. Contact 603-448-4553 or email

COVER Store offers bargain-priced, used building materials, appliances, furniture, housewares and tools for sale to the public. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.  Contact or 802-296-7241.

SEVCA – Vouchers for thrift stores remain available and a follow up appointment will be scheduled at a Good Buy location.

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