COVID-19 VT: Community Resources

News | Mar 18, 2020 | Back to List

VWW has begun compiling a list of resources available for residents in Vermont during COVID-19, such as child care, food, unemployment assistance and more.

We will continue updating this list as more resources are identified. For 24/7 assistance in finding local services and support , please contact Vermont 2-1-1 via phone or online.

General Resources

Crowd-sourced, comprehensive list of community resources in Vermont, including regional resources, continuously being updated

Vermont How Can I Help #Prepare Facebook Group

Child Care

Volunteer baby sitters in Chittenden County

Supporting child care needs of essential persons during coronavirus outbreak

Food

Hunger Free VT: how to feed your family during coronavirus outbreak

Special grocery shopping hours for seniors, at risk populations:

  • City Market: 7 – 8:00 am daily
  • Hannaford: 6 – 7:00 am on Tues, Wed, and Thursdays
  • Price Chopper/Market 32: 6 – 7:00 am daily
  • Shaws: 7 – 9 am on Tues, Thursdays

Loss of Income/Unemployment

Vermont Department of Labor: expanded unemployment benefits for employers/employees impacted by COVID-19

Vermont Economic Services is waiving in-person contact requirements for state government benefits programs. Apply online or by phone at 1-800-479-6151

Federal Government approves a $100 billion emergency aid package, ensuring free coronavirus testing, sick and paid leave and bolstering unemployment insurance. –> H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act

North Country Federal Credit Union and Vermont Federal Credit Union are offering COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for existing members.

One Good Deed Fund: Covid 19 Relief Fund for Burlington residents who have lost work due to outbreak.

For individualized support and referrals, contact VWW’s Employment and Career Specialist Rachel Kauppila at rkauppila@vtworksforwomen.org

Heat/Water/Electricity/Phone/Internet

The Vermont Public Utility Commission has ordered a temporary moratorium on involuntary natural gas, electric and telecommunications service disconnections through April 30. This means that if you are not able to make your payments for natural gas, electricity or land-line telephones, you will not be shut off. However, charges will still accrue during this time and will need to be paid off at a later date.

Both Burlington Telecom and Comcast are offering free Internet services for low-income families in Burlington.

Health Insurance & Medicaid

Vermont Health Connect announced a Special Enrollment Period for health insurance due to coronavirus crisis. If you don’t have health insurance, sign up with Vermont Health Connect by April 17.

If you want to talk about health insurance options or problems, please contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate (HCA). Call 1-800-917-7787 to speak with a health care advocate, or fill out a Help Request Form. The HCA is a free service for Vermonters.

You can apply for Medicaid at any time. Learn more on Vermont Legal Help’s Medicaid pages.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that immigrants can use health care to get treatment or preventative services for the COVID-19 coronavirus without having it held against them for public charge purposes.

Transportation

Green Mountain Transit is operating fare free bus service until April 1.

Housing

The Department of Children and Family’s Economic Services Division is extending housing supports for homeless individuals in Vermont who:

  • are over age 60, or
  • have underlying health conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information, contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151.

Neighbors helping Neighbors

Vermonters coming together to support each other. Each link, compiled by the Peace & Justice Center, consists of a spreadsheet with multiple tabs for different categories of need (food, transportation, housing, emotional support, etc) and are specific to different regions of Vermont.

Restaurants/Businesses

Seven Days: A Statewide Directory of Take-out Options during COVID-19

Burlington Business Operation Plans as of 3/18

Winooski Business Operation Plans as of 3/18


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