ACCD: Housing assistance programs announced

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ACCD: Housing assistance programs announced

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Vermont State Housing Authority, and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency today announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The programs utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide relief for those tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments, and those lower income homeowners needing assistance in paying the mortgage.

Economic Recovery Grants Available

Economic Recovery Grants are now available to Vermont businesses who can demonstrate revenue loss in any one-month period from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, when compared with the same month in 2019. The Economic Recovery Grants landing page has full details, including eligibility requirements, document preparation instructions, and a link to a series of FAQs to assist businesses in completing the application.

Large Event Guidance Released

ACCD has released guidance for large outdoor event venues that can usually accommodate more than 1,000 people. Venues may be able to exceed the 150-maximum limit by creating multiple distinct event locations that meet the event criteria, including creating separate areas of 150 people with unique facilities in each area. More details and full guidance can be found in the ACCD Work Safe Memo.

Community Grant Program Announced 

The Department of Buildings and General Services has announced the Building Communities Grant Program for construction and capital improvements to support and strengthen Vermont towns and regions. Applicants including municipalities, nonprofit agencies, and regional economic development organizations, are all encouraged to apply for these opportunities to fund construction, infrastructure support, and other needed projects. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

PPE Survey for Businesses

Various Vermont business organizations have come together to launch a survey for employers to help quantify the use, demand (current and future), and supply of masks/face coverings around the state. Participation in the survey will help inform ongoing efforts to assist Vermont employers in securing the masks/face coverings and other PPE they need to operate safely.

Business Impact

ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions.

Source: Agency of Commerce & Community Development 7.10.2020