Vt. applications for housing help, pharmacy testing begin Monday

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:28 AM EDT
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Starting Monday, Vermont tenants and landlords can begin applying for Starting $25 million in assistance through the Rental Housing Stabilization Program.

Starting Monday, $25 million in rental assistance for both tenants and landlords through the Rental Housing Stabilization Program. The money can be used for a variety of reasons including past due rent, security deposits and first/last months rent. There is also help for low-income homeowners who can't pay their mortgages.

Right now, unemployed Vermonters are receiving an extra $600 in benefits, but those will run out at the end of the month.

Tenants will have to demonstrate their need for help when they apply, but even then it's possible for tenants who are still employed and can pay their rent to take advantage of the program.

Another program will provides $5 million in mortgage assistance. It will pay up to three months of mortgage payments for households that faced economic hardship during the pandemic.

A Mortgage Assistance Program information hotline is open 9 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-889-2047.

Pharmacies in Vermont will also begin testing for COVID-19 starting Monday in Vermont.

Kinney Drugs in Newport will be testing people as part of a pilot project that runs on each Monday in July. Gov. Phil Scott says the Walgreens in Essex is also preparing to offer testing for its customers. The state is urging other private pharmacies to step up and offer testing to expand the state's capacity.

There were at least 18 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Vermont over the weekend, for a statewide total of nearly 1,300.

As of Monday, Vermont health officials reported 1,301 coronavirus cases in the state and 56 deaths. A total of 76,581 tests have been conducted, 1,555 travelers are being monitored, 3,243 have completed monitoring and 1,096 have recovered.

New cases Sunday were reported in Chittenden, Rutland, Lamoille and Caledonia Counties. Two patients are currently hospitalized. The number of deaths remains at 56, where it has been since mid-June.