Thousands of Vermonters will soon lose pandemic-era rental assistance. Here's how they're trying to stay housed.
A pandemic-era housing program will soon wind down, even as more than 8,000 Vermonters and their families rely on it to pay rent. We're looking at the Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program and talking with Vermonters who use it, as well as housing advocates who are trying to help families stay housed.
Our guests are:
- Zoe, a renter in Colchester who is losing assistance as VERAP ends
- Rick D’Angeles, with the Good Samaritan Haven shelter in Barre
- Deacon Beth Ann Maier, an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and member of the Vermont Interfaith Action statewide organizing committee on housing and homelessness
- Sean Brown, commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families
Broadcast live at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
Editor's note: The live broadcast of this show referenced the state's announcement about VERAP's future as coming in on a Friday. The announcement, in fact, came in on Wednesday, Aug. 31.