Senator provides links to COVID-19 relief resources

The office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont provided this list of resources for Vermonters looking for help during the pandemic crisis.

Health

 

Vermont 2-1-1: If you are sick and have questions on how to proceed, contact your health care provider or call 2-1-1. Visit 2-1-1's site here: https://vermont211.org/

Vermont Department of Health (VDH): For the most up-to-date guidance on public health measures in Vermont, visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19

  • The VDH has translated information about how to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and stay healthy in 11 different languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Dinka, French, Kirundi, Lingala, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese
  • VDH's Vermont Help Link: Visit this new site to find free, confidential information and referrals to substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services: https://vthelplink.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: For guidance on how to protect yourself and public health measures on the federal level, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Vermont Health Connect and Vermont Medicaid are accepting applications. If you need health insurance, sign up by calling 855-899-9600 or visiting: https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov/VTHBELand/welcome.action

Vermont Department of Mental Health: For mental health resources visit https://mentalhealth.vermont.gov/how-to-get-help or call 2-1-1

  • Vermont Peer Support Line: To receive non-judgmental support and speak to a "peer" call or text 833-888-2557

Vermont Health Care Advocate: A free resource available to help all Vermonters solve problems related to health care: https://vtlawhelp.org/health

Crisis Text Line: For 24/7 free, confidential counseling text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: For 24/7 free, confidential support for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call 1-800-273-8255

 

General Information and State Resources:

 

Vermont 2-1-1: For statewide resources call 2-1-1 or visit: https://vermont211.org/

Vermont Emergency Management: For information on the state's response to COVID-19: https://vem.vermont.gov/covid19/disaster

Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development: Visit their new COVID-19 Resource Recovery Center site with information for businesses, communities and individuals: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19

VT state volunteer site: If you'd like to volunteer your skills and help our state get through this crisis visit: https://www.vermont.gov/volunteer

Office of the Vermont Attorney General: To report a scam related to the coronavirus pandemic, contact the VT AG's Consumer Assistance Program at 1-800-649-2424 or by email at AGO.CAP@vermont.gov

Vermont Public Service Department:

FEMA: Information for Vermont manufacturers about how they may help provide medical supplies for front line health care workers and patients: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

Social Security Administration: Offices are closed for in-person service. Vermonters should use online services or reach their local office directly by phone. Find information here: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

Vermont League of Cities and Towns: Find information on state and local funding in the federal stimulus package here: https://www.vlct.org/coronavirus

How to Report a Concern Regarding Potential Non-Compliance of the Stay-Home Executive Order: here

 

Food & Nutrition

 

Vermont 2-1-1: If you're experiencing food insecurity call 2-1-1 for assistance. 

Hunger Free Vermont: How to access food during this crisis — from school meals, to resources for families with young children, to meal delivery programs for seniors — read this comprehensive guide: https://www.hungerfreevt.org/coronavirus

SNAP (3SquaresVT) benefits: If your financial situation has changed due to this crisis, you may be eligible for this benefit. To apply call 1-800-479-6151 or visit: https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT

WIC Nutrition Program benefits: If you're pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under 5, you may be eligible for this benefit. To find more information call 1-800-464-4343, text VTWIC to 855-11 or visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/family/wic

School Meals: Contact your child's school to apply for free meals and to find meal sites in your district. More information on how to apply for school meals can be found here: https://education.vermont.gov/student-support/nutrition/school-meals-information-for-families-and-caregivers/apply-for-free-and-reduced-lunch

Meal programs for seniors: Find information about meal delivery programs for seniors by calling the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119

Vermont Food Bank: Call 1-800-585-2265 or visit: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/

Vermont Retail & Grocers Association: For information on what retailers and grocers throughout the state are doing in response to the crisis — delivery, curbside pick-up and designated hours: https://vtrga.org/news/stores-offering-vulnerable-hours-and-additional-services-in-response-to-covid-19

 

Economic Services

 

VT Department of Children and Families — Economic Services Division (ESD): If your financial situation has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for economic benefits including 3SquaresVT, Fuel Assistance, General Assistance and Housing Assistance. Visit the ESD page here: https://dcf.vermont.gov/esd

Community Action Agencies: For statewide services — including emergency food help, fuel and utility assistance, housing assistance, and referral information —visit: https://vermontcap.org/ or https://dcf.vermont.gov/partners/caps

 

Economic Relief Payment Information

 

Read our full summary and FAQ information regarding the economic impact payments here

Read our update regarding how Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive their payment here

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Visit the IRS economic impact payment FAQ site for comprehensive information: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

 

Small Businesses and Nonprofits

 

Read our full summary on support for small businesses and nonprofits here

Small Business Owner's Guide: here

Nonprofit Resource Guide: here

Paycheck Protection Program: To apply for the program with an eligible lender, use this form: https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form--paycheck-protection-program-borrower-application-form

  • Visit https://www.sba.gov/ for a list of SBA lenders
  • Paycheck Protection Program Overview: here
  • Paycheck Protection Program — Borrowers Information Sheet: here

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): To apply for a loan, and the advance of up to $10,000, click here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

The Small Business Administration (SBA) coordinates with the Vermont Small Business Development Center, which can assist with applications and help businesses think through their options. Call 802-728-9101 or 800-464-7232, or request assistance here: https://www.vtsbdc.org/register/

Local SBA office: Call 1-800-659-2955 or visit: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/

Employee retention tax credit: Find information about refundable tax credits available to employers that provided paid sick and family leave to employees due to COVID-19 here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-employee-retention-credit-available-for-many-businesses-financially-impacted-by-covid-19

Small Business Debt Relief Program: Find information about immediate relief for small businesses with existing non-disaster SBA loans here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans

Vermont SCORE can assist with EIDL applications. Call 802-764-5899 or email: champlain.valley@scorevolunteer.org. Visit the website here: https://champlainvalley.score.org/

The Center for Women and Enterprise can assist women-owned businesses: https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Vermont

Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development: For further business resources: https://accd.vermont.gov/about-us/disaster-planning/covid-19-guidance-vermont-businesses

Vermont Department of Labor: https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19

Vermont Agency of Agriculture: Support for food producers here: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information

 

Unemployment Insurance 

 

Read our full summary on unemployment insurance here

Vermont Department of Labor: To file an initial claim call 1-877-214-3330 or 1-888-807-7072, or complete this form: https://vermont.force.com/DOLClaim/s/

 

Employment

 

Vermont Emergency Management: List of Essential Workers: here

How to File a Complaint about Health or Safety Concerns at the Workplace: 

Career Resource Centers: https://labor.vermont.gov/workforce-development/find-your-local-career-resource-center

 

Child Care/Early Education

 

Vermont Department of Children and Families: Child care for essential workers — if you need childcare, fill out this form: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers

  • If you need child care for foster families, fill out this form as well. 

Vermont Agency of Education: Find information about providing childcare for essential workers here: https://education.vermont.gov/documents/guidance-child-care-essential-persons-covid19

Let's Grow Kids: Find information and resources for children and families, early educators, and employers here: https://www.letsgrowkids.org/coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control: How to speak with children about coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

 

Education

 

Vermont Agency of Education: Guidance for VT schools: https://education.vermont.gov/news/covid-19-guidance-vermont-schools

Vermont Afterschool Inc: Resources for afterschool and youth-serving organizations:  http://www.vermontafterschool.org/coronavirus/

School Meals: Contact your child's school to apply for free meals and to find meal sites in your district. More information on how to apply for school meals can be found here: https://education.vermont.gov/student-support/nutrition/school-meals-information-for-families-and-caregivers/apply-for-free-and-reduced-lunch

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Information for student loan borrowers: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-student-loans-and-coronavirus-pandemic/

Federal Student Aid & COVID-19: Information about relief for federal student loan borrowers: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC): https://www.vsac.org/covid-19-updates-ways-vsac-can-help

 

Housing

 

Emergency Housing: If you need emergency housing call 2-1-1

Federal Housing Finance Agency: Relief for homeowners: https://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/MortgageAssistance/Pages/Coronavirus-Assistance-Information.aspx

USDA Rural Development: Relief for homeowners with USDA mortgages: https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus

Vermont Legal Aid: If you need legal advice regarding your housing situation call 1-800-889-2047 or fill out a request form: https://vtlawhelp.org/vlh-intake

Vermont Tenants: For information and referrals for tenants call 802-864-0099

Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development — COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/individuals#individual-housing

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Guide to COVID-19 mortgage relief options: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-coronavirus-mortgage-relief-options/

Public Housing Authorities in Vermont: To apply for public housing and housing choice vouchers (Section 8), visit the following sites: 

Directory of Affordable Housing in Vermont: https://www.housingdata.org/

USDA Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Rentals: https://rdmfhrentals.sc.egov.usda.gov/RDMFHRentals/select_county.jsp?st=vt&state_name=Vermont&st_cd=50

Champlain Housing Trust: Find affordable apartments, homebuyer education, energy efficiency and rehab loan resources, and financial counseling here: https://www.getahome.org/

Vermont Housing Finance Agency: Find information about grants now available to nonprofit housing providers and public housing agencies here: https://www.vhfa.org/news/blog/vhfa-grants-120000-help-meet-immediate-housing-needs-arising-coronavirus-pandemic

Mobile Home Program: Find information about support available to mobile home owners and resident associations here: https://www.cvoeo.org/?fuseaction=dep_intro&dept_id=13

Vermont Department of Children and Families: Find information about extended housing support for homeless Vermonters here: https://dcf.vermont.gov/dcf-blog/covid19-housing-supports

Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs: https://vcrhyp.org/

Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness: https://helpingtohousevt.org/

 

Emergency Responders

 

Vermont Fire Academy: COVID-19 updates for work/volunteer fire departments — join the mailing list here

State of Vermont: Request personal protective equipment here

Center for Crime Victim Services: http://www.ccvs.vermont.gov/news/center-for-crime-victim-services-covid-19-response-and-resources/

 

Immigrants

 

Vermont Immigrant Assistance Project: South Royalton Legal Clinic — Vermont Law School: https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/south-royalton-legal-clinic/projects

Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV): https://www.aalv-vt.org/copy-of-health-and-behavior

 

Intimate Partner Violence

 

VT Network: If you are experiencing sexual or domestic violence you can still access resources during this crisis. Visit the following site to contact your local organization: https://vtnetwork.org/covid-19-resources/

  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-228-7395
  • Sexual Violence Hotline: 800-489-7273
 

Legal Resources

 

Vermont Law Help: COVID-19 legal benefits and updates for Vermonters: https://vtlawhelp.org/coronavirus-updates

Legal Services Vermont: https://legalservicesvt.org/

South Royalton Legal Clinic — Vermont Law School: https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/south-royalton-legal-clinic/projects

 

Seniors

 

Vermont Area Agencies on Aging: Information and help for older Vermonters and their families: https://dcf.vermont.gov/partners/aaa

Meal programs for seniors: Find information about meal delivery programs for seniors by calling the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119

Vermont Senior Centers: https://asd.vermont.gov/services/vermont-senior-centers

 

Resources for Vermonters with Disabilities

 

Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Department: Find information for developmental services providers here: https://dail.vermont.gov/novel-coronavirus-information/developmental-service-providers

Green Mountain Self Advocates: Find information about peer support here: http://www.gmsavt.org/about-us/locate-a-group-near-you/

Vermont Meals on Wheels: https://www.vcil.org/services/meals-on-wheels

 

Military Personnel

 

Department of Defense: 

 

Veterans

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Coronavirus FAQs — What veterans need to know: https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/

VA White River Junction Medical Center & Community Based Outpatient Centers (CBOCs): https://www.whiteriver.va.gov/emergency/index.asp

Vermont Veteran and Family Outreach: Available 24 hours a day — call 1-888-607-8773https://www.ngfamily.vt.gov/Programs-Services/Vermont-Veteran-Outreach/

Vermont National Guard Family Programs: https://www.ngfamily.vt.gov/Programs-Services/Vermont-Veteran-Outreach/Veteran-Outreach-Contact/

Veterans Crisis Line: Available 24 hours a day — call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255. Find more information here: https://veterans.vermont.gov/veterans-crisis

  • Support for deaf or hard of hearing, call 1-800-799-4889

VA Debt Management Center & COVID-19: If you have a VBA benefit debt and need financial relief, call 1-800-827-0648. Find more information here: https://www.va.gov/debtman/

Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs: Benefits and services for Vermont veterans: https://veterans.vermont.gov/

Vermont Veterans Legal Clinic: South Royalton Legal Clinic — Vermont Law School: https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/south-royalton-legal-clinic/projects

 

Traveler Information

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

American Citizens Services and Crisis Management: Information and assistance for Americans overseas experiencing emergencies: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/american-citizens-services-and-crisis-management

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program:  https://step.state.gov/step/

Department of Homeland Security: Information about COVID-19 screening and traveler restrictions: https://www.dhs.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-news-updates

Vermont Stay-Home Order: https://vem.vermont.gov/StayHome

 

 

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