VHIP Application

Applications for the Vermont Housing Improvement Program are now being accepted. To apply, please click the button below.

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As an addendum to VHIP project funding, the Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI) provides additional grant funding that offers property owners supplemental grants ranging from $500 to $30,000. These grants can be used to update leaking service lines, old plumbing, replace outdated fixtures (sinks, toilets, dishwashers, laundry) with high-efficiency devices, and install new water systems (wells and septic systems) and water efficiency improvements as part of VHIP housing rehabilitation projects.

  • VHIP-HHI supplemental grants are available to property owners who have received approval for their VHIP project(s).
  • VHIP-HHI supplemental grants do not impact the total per unit funding caps received for VHIP projects.
  • There are no match requirements to receive VHIP-HHI supplemental grant funding.
  • Property owners are subject to and must comply with all guidelines and parameters of the Vermont Housing Improvement Program as contained in VHIP Eligibility Application and the VHIP-HHI Supplemental Eligibility Application.

If you have questions about the Health Homes Initiative, please contact Cheryl at (802) 477-1331.

VHIP Program Details:

  • VHIP offers grants up to $50,000.00 per unit for repairs needed to bring vacant rental units up to Vermont Rental Housing Health Code guidelines, or to add new or accessory dwelling units.

  • VHIP Round 2 Per Unit Funding Caps
    • Up to $30,000 per unit for 0-1-2 Bedroom Units.
    • Up to $50,000 per unit for 3+ Bedroom Units and the creation of New or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU).
  • Existing units must be vacant for a minimum of 90 days before the Property Owner can apply to VHIP.
  • To be eligible for the program, the Property Owner must be current on their property taxes and mortgage payments.
  • Property Owner is required to contribute at least a 20% match of the grant funds prior to first grant disbursement. An “in-kind” match or defer match timeline may be approved at the discretion of the Homeownership Center overseeing project management.
  • VHIP requires Property Owners to commit to providing housing to households exiting homelessness; households that are working with an immigrant or refugee resettlement program; or low income tenants.
  • Property Owners are required to work with a Coordinated Entry Lead Organization or an Immigrant or Refugee Resettlement Program to find suitable renters who have experienced homelessness or displacement. This engagement shall continue at unit turnover for a minimum of 5 years.
  • If households meeting these criteria are not available to lease the unit to, the Property Owner may petition the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to lease the unit to a household with an income equal to or less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) for a minimum of 5 years.
  • For newly created Accessory Dwelling Units as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 4412(E), Property Owners are exempt from seeking homeless tenants through a Coordinated Entry Lead Organization or an Immigrant or Refugee Resettlement Program.
  • All units assisted must be rented at or below HUD Fair Market Rents (FMR) for the appropriate County (published annually) or at a rate allowed by a recognized housing assistance voucher for at least five years and Landlord must sign a Housing Affordability Covenant outlining this.
  • Alternative tenant selection processes may be considered for approval by the Department of Housing and Community Development during the 5-year program covenant timeframe.
  • Grant funds are considered taxable income.
  • Project scope may be reviewed and altered if the property is on or eligible for the State or National Historic Register.
  • Completed units must comply with the Vermont Rental Housing Health Code and local ordinances.
  • Eligible applicants MUST have the ability to meet the deadline for completion, see below*

Current HUD Fair Market Rents for Washington/Lamoille/ Orange Counties:

Fair Market Rents 2022
Washington County
Lamoille County
Orange County
Studio
$760.00
$801.00
$787.00
One-Bedroom
$869.00
$806.00
$793.00
Two-Bedroom
$1144.00
$1061.00
$1043.00
Three-Bedroom
$1454.00
$1343.00
$1304.00
Four-Bedroom
$1551.00
$1439.00
$1436.00

How will grant applications be evaluated?

  • Shovel Ready status- is it feasible to complete the full scope of the rehab and unit leased up by the deadline? (18 months)
  • Past Experience and readiness to work with the Continuum of Care and Coordinated Entry Rental application process
  • Is the project brining long-term vacant units back on line including imporement of blighted buildings and apartments with substantial code-violations
  • Willing to rent at the HUD Fair Market Rent for five years including having a Housing Subdidy Covenant on the building and providing the LC-142 form to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development annually
  • Property Taxes and Seer/Water bills are current. No Federal or State Tax liens and property not in foreclosure.

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