Housing

Call 2-1-1 in Vermont and New Hampshire or visit their websites for housing resources including overnight shelter, rental housing, tenant rights, and more.

New Hampshire: http://www.211nh.org/

Vermont: https://www.navigateresources.net/211vermont/Subcategory.aspx?;;0;;N;0;274851;Housing%20/%20Shelter

Evictions and Foreclosures

New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the Governor’s moratorium on evictions has officially been lifted as of July 1, 2020. Funding from the CARES Act will be available to NH residents for rental assistance.  The five Community Action Program (CAP) agencies in NH will be administering the funds.  There are 2 types of assistance:

  • A one-time grant (up to $2,500) for past due rent (from April 2020) or other housing-related expenses as a result of lost household revenue or increased household expenses (must be related to COVID-19).  This grant program is targeted to those households who will be able to maintain their housing without assistance after the one-time assistance payment.
  • Short-term rental assistance for those who are looking to maintain or secure permanent housing (includes first month’s rent and ongoing short-term rental assistance).

 

Important notes about NH rental assistance:

  • Both the one-time grants and the short-term rental assistance will be coupled with regional case management services to help connect households to appropriate services as defined by the household and the agency.
  • There are no income guidelines, but the loss of income or additional expense must be COVID-related.
  • An Eviction Notice is not required, but a Demand for Rent or ledger is necessary.
  • You do not need to have met with your city/town welfare first in order to get access to funding.
  • Program payments will be made directly to the landlord or provider.
  • The program will end by December 30, 2020.

 

How to apply for NH rental assistance:

  • The program opens on June 30, 2020. To be notified when the application is available, sign up on the TCCAP interest form website.
  • Applications will be online, but paper copies can be requested
  • If you need help applying, you can contact:

 

If the amount of arrears cannot be cured by rental assistance from the CARES Act, tenants can apply for additional rental assistance from City/Town Welfare.

Vermont

  • The VT State Housing Authority’s Rental Stabilization Program (for LANDLORDS and TENANTS to pay up to 6 months’ rental arrearages, including mobile home lot rent) application will open up on MONDAY, July 13: https://www.vsha.org/rental-housing-stabilization-program/
  • The VT Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) for HOMEOWNERS for mortgage assistance – applications will open July 13 through August 31 and will pay up to 3 mortgage payments per HH for VT primary homeowners who’ve had closings before March 1 and who are income-eligible: https://www.vhfa.org/map
  • VT Legal Aid has also been granted funds to support TENANTS navigate these resources and the VT Landlords Association will assist LANDLORDS.


Additional Resource in VT:

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA): SEVCA provides a wide variety of services to individuals and families in Windham and Windsor Counties, including utility and housing assistance; help accessing State and local support networks like 3SquaresVT, supplemental fuel assistance, medical insurance, unemployment benefits, etc.; financial literacy courses; small business development; tax assistance; weatherization services; Head Start; advocacy, information, and referrals; and thrift stores. SEVCA is also available to help people affected by COVID-19 find, explore, and access options for recovery and stabilization. Visit the SEVCA Website for more details.

In Vermont, while many in-court appearances are postponed, it is still possible for a landlord to file a Complaint to start the eviction process. If that happens, you still have to respond by filing an Answer within 21 days. Filing deadlines are still in effect. Learn more in the Evictions pages of the VT Law Help website.

Legal Assistance

Guidance to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to COVID-19

Resources for Shared and Congregate Housing

Local Resources for Families in Need

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. 
  • LISTEN Community Services will be conducting Housing Helper appointments by phone only. Please call 603-448-4553 or email reception@listencs.org to be connected to a service coordinator.
  • 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.  Customers need to call (603-448-2944) or email (welfare@lebanonnh.gov) to schedule an appointment.
  • Tri-County CAP Homeless Outreach, Intervention and Prevention: Alternative methods of service delivery for walk-ins and transportation to shelter will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. On-going case management services will be conducted using technology. Please call 606-444-0184 for services and information. (Serves Grafton, Carroll, and Coos County of New Hampshire)

Vermont

  • The Upper Valley Haven: All supportive housing coordination including Parkhurst Program and Family Supportive Housing Services will occur via telephone: 802-295-6500
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA): Appointments for housing assistance can be scheduled by calling Westminster office (802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951) or any satellite locations in Brattleboro, Springfield, WRJ, and Windsor. You can find your local contact number on the SEVCA website.  
  • CAPSTONE: Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance to be scheduled over the phone with a counselor. 1-800-639-1053. Serves the Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties of Vermont.