Agency of Human Services (AHS) Waterbury / Barre

Rent Assistance
Barre, VT
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219 N Main Street
Barre, VT - 05641

(802) 479-4204 Click to call There are no reviews. Be the first to leave one cathy.voyer@ahs.state.vt.us Go To Website http://humanservices.vermont.gov/end-family-homelessness
About Agency of Human Services (AHS) Waterbury / Barre

In 2015, Vermont launched a statewide initiative to end child and family homelessness by 2020. This three-part strategy includes:

* Adopting the national "Family Connection" framework to ensure local communities have a coordinated system for assessing families' housing needs and connecting them to the appropriate housing, benefits, employment supports, and evidence based intervention the first time.

* Braiding supportive services, housing, and rental assistance to improve stability for families, children, landlords, and communities.

* Constructing and rehabilitating rental housing which is affordable to households with extremely low incomes, and accessible to families and individuals who have experienced homelessness.

The Agency of Human Services in Vermont has been coordinating supportive services, housing, and rental subsidy assistance through statewide policy work, local partnerships and specialized training.

Beyond ensuring Vermonters have the best services, subsidies and systems in place to support housing stability, they'll need housing. the state is experiencing a severely constrained rental market. A housing market is considered balanced when vacancy remains between 4% and 6%. According to a recent study, there is currently a 1% vacancy rate for multi-family properties. This has resulted in high rental costs for everyone and made it more difficult for persons with very low incomes to find affordable rentals. Such scarcity drives down the opportunity for people who are homeless, leading to full shelter and pushing the recently homeless toward less desirable options such as motels. Improving conditions in the rental market will require a number of strategies that include investment by government and the private sector in all parts of the housing market. It also requires robust rental assistance and supportive services for those in need. 

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