The pandemic-era increase in state funding of ‘homeless hotels’ and food stamp benefits will continue this winter, according to Vermont Dept. of Children and Families press releases issued November 14 and November 9, respectively.
The two lightly-edited press releases are published below.
To help ensure Vermonters who are homeless and don’t have adequate financial resources can seek temporary housing in hotels and motels during harsh winter weather, the Department for Children and Families is announcing the seasonal policy for Emergency Shelter, a November 14 DCF statement said.
Between December 15, 2022 – March 15, 2023, expanded eligibility for temporary housing will be in place regardless of the forecasted weather.
From November 15 – December 15, 2022 and March 15 – April 15, 2023, expanded eligibility will be in place when the following conditions are met or anticipated — for at least three hours, between the hours of 6PM and 6AM: Temperatures or wind chill are less than 20 degrees (F); or temperatures are less than 32 degrees (F) with a higher than 50% projected chance of precipitation.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vermont has helped over 2,800 households exit homelessness into permanent housing. Assisting this many households would not be possible without the diligent work of community partners, service providers, and housing organizations. Housing individuals in hotels is not an ideal setting for people experiencing homelessness and the Agency for Commerce and Community Development, and the Department for Children and Families continue to work to help transition people who are in the program into stable, long-term housing, which is better for the health and safety of Vermonters and requires collaboration across state government and with community organizations.
Also, 3SquaresVT households will continue to receive a higher benefit in November and December, DCF announced November 9. This extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill. It will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit. It is a temporary increase from the federal government to help those affected by the pandemic.
Households at a zero benefit will not receive a benefit. Everyone else will receive the maximum benefit for their household size. Maximum Allotments:
1 person = $281
2 people = $516
3 people = $740
4 people = $939
5 people = $1,116
6 people = $1,339
7 people = $1,480
Each additional person = +$211
Households already at the maximum allotment will receive an additional $95. All other households, except for those receiving a zero benefit, will receive at least $95 as their maximum allotment benefit.
3SquaresVT households don’t need to do anything to receive this increased benefit. If eligible, they’ll automatically receive it the same way they receive their benefits now: on an EBT card, through direct deposit, or by check.
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