With the situation rapidly evolving, it can be overwhelming to keep up with the various programs and resources that are out there. Here's a roundup of some of the resources that are out there:
If you have lost wages or income: Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance (UI) has been relaxed to include 1099 workers and those who have lost hours. The first step is to get your initial claim started at https://vermont.force.com/DOLClaim/s/.
If you are an ACCT resident and you won't be able to pay your rent this month: Contact your property manager (Chris for MHPs or Jeff for Apartments). As many people are awaiting federal stimulus checks or for a UI claim to be processed, we will work with you on extended repayment plans and getting caught up once we are on the other side of this crisis. Housing assistance may also be available on a limited basis through area service providers such as CVOEO and HOPE (contact info below).
Meanwhile, Addison County has suspended evictions through mid-April, and the legislature is working on a formal freeze on evictions and foreclosures. A bill has passed the senate as of 4/10/20 and will go to the house next. It freezes active writs of possession but does not change tenants' responsibility to pay rent to landlords. Emergency evictions (where resident safety is threatened, for example by drug activity) can still go forward.
If you are in need of food: Both CVOEO and HOPE Food Shelves continue to operate but calling first is recommended.
The Boys and Girls Club is also doing a meals for all program in Vergennes: https://bgcvergennes.org/meals-for-all.
The food commodities program is operating but doing a double delivery in April and none in May to cut down on contact. ACCT's SASH Coordinator will still be coordinating April delivery at Armory Lane.
For other nutrition assistance, see this Food Access COVID-19 Handout.
If you need shelter: Both Charter House and John Graham Housing and Services continue to operate and can make arrangements for those who might need individual accommodations due to COVID. Economic Services (1-800-479-6151) is also waiving some eligibility requirements for General Assistance/Emergency Housing (e.g. the in-person interview, some income documentation requirements).
If you have other needs: Check out Addison County Mutual Aid at https://sites.google.com/view/acvtmutualaid/home.
Local community members have set up this site to connect people with needs to people who can help, for everything from grocery delivery to masks. This resource guide also has information on some of the services that are available during the COVID-19 crisis, though it was last updated March 25th. Remember you can always call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information.
The United Way of Addison County has also expanded its United@Work program so it is available to all county residents regardless of whether your employer participates. If you or someone you know is experiencing a hardship due to this situation, Trish LaFayette is available by phone, text, or email, and can schedule web meetings when necessary. Please contact Trish at (802) 349-7210 or email@example.com
Utility Information: Green Mountain Power, Jackman's Fuel, Suburban Propane, and Vermont Gas have suspended shut-offs during this time. They may postpone non-essential customer service but are still delivering. Comcast, A&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are also suspending terminations, and some are waiving late fees and removing data caps as well.
If you are a parent at home caring for children: Check out some of the resources below.
Children and Covid, dealing with disruption of routines: https://www.trihealth.com/dailyhealthwire/health-topics/well-being/helping-children-cope-with-covid-19-and-quarantine
Dealing with Co-Parenting during Covid 19: https://www.fatherly.com/love-money/relationships/co-parenting-coronavirus-guidelines-divorced-parents/
250 Creative Ways to Keep Your family Sane During Covid 19: https://rochester.kidsoutandabout.com/content/250-creative-ways-keep-your-family-sane-during-covid-19-crisis
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