As previously announced, the Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program (VHAP) will no longer accept new applications after June 12, 2023. All new or currently pending applications must be submitted to the applicant portal on vermonthap.vhfa.org by 5:00 PM on Monday.
VHAP provides grants of up to $30,000 per household towards unpaid late mortgage payments, utility bills, property taxes, and property association charges. Launched in January 2022, VHAP has now awarded $31.8 million in grants and received applications for an additional $7.7 million, accounting for about 95% of its available funding provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act. To date, VHAP has assisted 5,443 households from across Vermont. VHFA makes weekly updates to a dashboard on its website that displays program activity.
VHAP anticipates that it has sufficient funding for all previously submitted applications that are currently under review and will continue to review those applications for eligibility and process payments. Although VHFA strongly encourages all prospective applicants to apply by June 12th, after that date VHFA will offer prospective applicants the option to sign up for a waitlist. If funding becomes available, VHFA will contact folks on the wait list individually to let them know if they can submit an application.
If you or someone you know owns their home and is having difficulty paying housing bills due to the pandemic, please visit the VHAP website at vermonthap.vhfa.org or call (833) 221-4208. Translation services, application assistance and counseling are available through local nonprofit partners.
The Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number HAFP-0040 awarded to the State of Vermont by the US Department of the Treasury.