Vermont State Housing Authority

This housing agency serves Addison County, Bennington County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Essex County, Franklin County, Grand Isle County, Lamoille County, Orange County, Orleans County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windham County, Windsor County, Vermont. Service does not extend to Montpelier, Vermont.

Waiting List
Closed: State of Vermont Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Learn More
Closed: State of Vermont Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Learn More
Open Until Further Notice: State of Vermont Disaster and Transitional Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Learn More
Open Until Further Notice: Vermont State Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List Learn More

Closed: State of Vermont Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) last accepted State Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from October 1, 2022, until December 22, 2023. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Print the paper application.
  3. Pick up the application from the VSHA.
  4. Call the Housing Program Administration Intake Division.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Disaster Preference: This preference is available to Vermont families who are displaced due to fire, flood, natural disaster, or condemnation by a local, State, or Federal Agency
  • Housing Instability Preference: This preference is available to families with incomes at 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) or below who are at risk of homelessness or housing instability and meet the following definitions:
    • One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing: 1.
      1. A past-due utility or rent notice, or eviction notice; and/or
      2. Documentation of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions; and/or
      3. Expiration of time-limited rental assistance benefits operated by a program located in Vermont (examples: Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Rapid Rehousing Housing, etc.); or
      4. Any other evidence of risk, as determined by the PHA.
  • Move-Up Preference: This preference is available to families with incomes above 30% of AMI up to 50% of AMI who meet the following criteria:
    • actively receiving rental assistance benefits through a VSHA administered rental assistance program;
    • family is certified to be in compliance with benefit program & tenancy requirements.
  • Preference for non-elderly persons with disabilities transitioning out of institutions.
  • Preference for Vermont Residents.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the VSHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the VSHA public notice on December 27, 2023.

Closed: State of Vermont Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Mainstream (Non-Elderly Disabled) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 1, 2019, until January 1, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the VSHA, "An eligible family will be composed of one or more non-elderly person with disabilities (meeting HUD’sdefinition of disability) and be a person 18 years of age or older and less than 62 years of age."

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Open and print the application online.
  2. Pick up the application from the VSHA office.
  3. Call the VSHA's intake office.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Disaster; Move-on; Homeless Families with Case Management Support; Non-Elderly persons with disabilities transitioning out of institutions; Vermont Residents.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the VSHA website.

Open Until Further Notice: State of Vermont Disaster and Transitional Housing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for households that qualify for the Disaster and Traditional Housing preferences is currently open. Applications are being accepted from April 1, 2018, until further notice.

Please note: To qualify, households must be eligible for one of the following preferences:

  • Disaster Preference: This preference is available to families who are displaced due to fire, flood, naturaldisaster, or condemnation by a local, State, or Federal Agency.
  • Transitional Housing Preference: This preference is available to individuals and families who are Transitioning from one of the following programs administered by the Vermont State Housing Authority:
    • HUD’s Family Unification program for Youth In Transition;
    • The Vermont Rental Subsidy Program (a 12 month rapid rehousing initiative administered by the Vermont Agency of Human Services). Applications for this preference will be accepted only after 9 months of participation in VRS;
    • Individuals/families transitioning from a Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program (currently on or eligible to be on the Continuum of Care Homeless Inventory Chart for homeless beds);
    • HUD’s Continuum of Care Programs administered by VSHA (Shelter plus Care and Rapid Rehousing)

There are three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online. Select the "Full Application for Assistance" link next to the "Housing Choice Voucher Program" bullet point. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library.
  2. Pick up an application from the VSHA office, located at One Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
  3. Call the VSHA intake office at (802) 828‐1991.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Disaster; Move-on; Homeless Families with Case Management Support; Non-Elderly persons with disabilities transitioning out of institutions; Vermont Residents.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the VSHA website.

Open Until Further Notice: Vermont State Housing Authority Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least July, 2019, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply during the opening period, download and print the application online. Select the "Pre-application for assistance" link next to the "Project Based Voucher Program" bullet point. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Disaster; Move-on; Homeless Families with Case Management Support; Non-Elderly persons with disabilities transitioning out of institutions; Vermont Residents.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the VSHA website.

About The Agency

Vermont State Housing Authority provides affordable housing for up to 4,225 low- and moderate-income households through its public housing programs.

Monday 7:45am-4:30pm
Tuesday 7:45am-4:30pm
Wednesday 7:45am-4:30pm
Thursday 7:45am-4:30pm
Friday 7:45am-4:30pm

1 Prospect Street, Montpelier, VT

Visit Website(802) 828-3295

Section 8 Application Checklist

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How large is the Vermont State Housing Authority?

Vermont State Housing Authority serves 3,588 low-income households. The agency manages 4,485 Housing Choice Vouchers and 0 public housing units.

What are the incomes of residents served by the Vermont State Housing Authority?

Extremely low-income (ELI) renters, earning less than 30% of Area Median Income (AMI), make up 78 percent of households served by Vermont State Housing Authority. Very low-income renters earn less than 50% AMI, and are 96 percent of Vermont State Housing Authority households.

How many Vermont State Housing Authority residents are employed?

Working adults head 609 households and make up 17 percent of households served by Vermont State Housing Authority.

How many female-headed renter households are served by the Vermont State Housing Authority?

There are 2547 female-headed renter households living in Vermont State Housing Authority housing. Households headed by females are 71% of those served by the Vermont State Housing Authority.

What racial and ethnic groups are found among Vermont State Housing Authority renters?

Black 108
Native American 108
Asian-Pacific Islander 36
White 3,265
Hispanic 72

How many senior-headed renter households are served by Vermont State Housing Authority?

There are 1112 households headed by seniors served by the Vermont State Housing Authority. Senior households are 31% of households in Vermont State Housing Authority housing.

How many households headed by persons with disabilities live in Vermont State Housing Authority housing?

There are 1291 persons with disabilities living in Vermont State Housing Authority housing. Persons with disabilities are the head of 36% of households served by the Vermont State Housing Authority.

How often does Vermont State Housing Authority open new waiting lists?

Vermont State Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list was last opened on October 1, 2022 and closed on December 22, 2023.

Public Housing Communities Managed by Vermont State Housing Authority

Valley View ll

12 Walker Ave, Vergennes, Vermont 05491

Welden Villia Apartmnets

59 UPPER WELDEN ST, St Albans, Vermont 05478

Village Apartments

39 Platt St, Swanton, Vermont 05488

Meadowbrook Place

Northwind Drive, Williamstown, Vermont 05679

Homestead Mews

49 Rt 67 W, North Bennington, Vermont 05257

The Meadows Apartments

Equinox Terrace Rd, Manchester Center, Vermont 05255

Readsboro Apartments

439 Tunnel St, Readsboro, Vermont 05350