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These two Vermont COVID-19 housing relief programs for low-income Vermonters are available for a limited time.

The Mortgage Assistance Program, administered by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, provides $5 million to help low-income homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to three monthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. The program is available to any homeowner who meets the eligibility criteria, not just to VHFA borrowers. A Mortgage Assistance Program information hotline is open 9 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-889-2047. VHFA will accept applications until August 31, 2020.

The Vermont State Housing Authority is administering the $25 million Rental Housing Stabilization Program which provides funding to landlords on behalf of tenants in need of rental arrearage assistance due to COVID-19 to avert tenant eviction. For more information, call 802-828-2040, 802-828-1650, or 802-828-5596.