The state plans to begin engaging with service providers and advocates to figure out how to best target those funds. But Doug Farnham, the deputy secretary of the Agency of Administration, emphasized that the new money still wouldn’t be nearly enough to pay out assistance at prior rates.
There are signs that rental vacancies in Burlington are reaching new lows.
“This is what I have been getting from some tenants lately: ‘I know you can’t evict me because of this eviction moratorium, and I’m going to sit here and not pay rent and save my money and move when all this is over.’”
The town selectboard is moving toward limiting how much money landlords can charge for renters to move in. Burlington and Barre have similar ordinances, although Barre’s may be on the way out.
Renters need to make $40,272 a year to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment, according to a survey by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Renters in 12 Vermont counties with losses due to Tropical Storm Irene are eligible for federal disaster assistance.