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A program of United Ways of Vermont, 2-1-1 is a free confidential statewide information and referral service operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with language translation available. 2-1-1 offers a comprehensive searchable database of services and trained information and referral specialists offer personalized assistance by telephone any time, and respond to texts and emails Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.

Read Vermont Commission on Women's publications on this and other topics.

Economic Services Division (ESD) of the Vermont Department for Children and Families

DCF Economic Services Division
Application and Document Processing Center
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1500
(800) 479-6151
(800) 642-5119 (Senior Helpline)
(855) 247-3092 (Economic Services Division Language Interpretation Phone Line)


MyBenefits is the official State of Vermont website for public benefits. Find resources, apply for benefits, and track your benefit application, and access information about your case. 

Economic Services Division (ESD) administers state and federal assistance programs.  They include:

Provides eligible Vermonters with money every month to buy food at many local stores and farmers markets

3SquaresVT in a SNAP
An easier way for older and disabled Vermonters to get 3SquaresVT

Child Care Financial Assistance
Child Care Financial Assistance Program helps eligible families with the cost of child care

Child Support Services
Helps Vermonters with issues related to paying and getting child support

Crisis Fuel Assistance
Helps eligible Vermonters Crisis when faced with a heating crisis during the winter months (e.g., you are out of fuel or very close to running out of fuel and have no money to buy more)

Emergency Assistance
Helps individuals and families with their emergency basic needs such as housing (including temporary housing), fuel, utilities, personal needs and incidentals, medical, dental, prescriptions, medical equipment/supplies, and burial costs

Emergency Heating
Helps eligible Vermonters repair or replace a home's primary source of heat

Energy Assistance Program
Helps lower-income Vermonters afford energy for their homes: only available for customers of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas

Essential Person
The Essential Person Program helps Vermonters stay in their homes by contributing to the cost of having someone live with them to provide essential care.

Farm to Family
Helps eligible Vermonters buy locally-grown fresh vegetables and fruits at participating farmers markets

Fuel Assistance
Helps eligible Vermonters pay home heating bills

Provides employment and training to 3SquaresVT recipients

Micro Business Development
Helps people to start and grow microbusinesses.

Post-Secondary Education
Part of the Reach Up program, helps parents earn two- or four-year undergraduate college degrees so they can get good paying jobs and support their families

Reach Up
Reach Up helps families with children by providing case management, cash assistance for basic needs, and services that support work and self-sufficiency

Reach Up Child-Only
Helps adults care for minor children of friends or relatives

Helps lower-income Vermonters afford to have their companion animals spayed or neutered

VT Matched Savings
A matched savings program that helps people save money

Water Assistance
Helps with water and wastewater bills

Weatherization Program
Helps low income residents to save fuel and money by improving the energy efficiency of their homes

Economic Services Division Offices (12 statewide)

(800) 479-6151

McFarland Office Building, Suite 150
5 Perry Street
Barre, VT 05641-4270

200 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Suite 6
Bennington, VT 05201-1918

232 Main Street, Second Floor
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302

119 Pearl St.
John Zampieri State Office Building
Burlington, Vermont 05401

118 Prospect Street
White River Junction, Vermont 05001

156 South Village Green, Suite 201
Middlebury, VT 05753

63 Professional Drive, Suite 4
Morrisville, Vermont 05661

100 Main Street
Suite 240
Newport, Vermont 05855

320 Asa Bloomer Building (State Office Building)
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701

100 Mineral Street, Suite 201
Springfield, VT 05156

St. Albans
27 Federal Street, Suite 400
St. Albans, VT 05478

St. Johnsbury
1016 U.S. Route 5, Suite 3
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Vermont Health Connect

(855) 899-9600 / (888) 834-7898 (TTY/TDD)

Vermont Health Connect is administered by the Department of Vermont Health Access, part of the State of Vermont's Agency of Human Services. Vermont Health Connect administers health care insurance plans in Vermont, including: Dr. Dynasaur; Medicaid for individuals who are not blind, disabled, or age 65 or older; and private health insurance plans, with and without tax credits or subsidies.

Lifeline Phone Assistance and the Affordable Connectivity Program

These are federal benefits through the Federal Communications Commission that lower monthly costs of phone and internet service. 

Internet Essentials Service via Comcast

(855) 846-8376

Affordable internet service and a computer if you qualify and live in Comcast’s service area

Community Action Agencies
Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency.

Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council (BROC)

45 Union Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0878 / (800) 717-2762

Capstone Community Action (Central Vermont)

Washington County (Central Office)
20 Gable Place
Barre, VT 05641
(800) 639-1053 / (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County/Morrisville
250 Industrial Park
Morristown, VT 05661
800-639-8710 or (802) 888-7993

Orange County East - Bradford
22 Whistle Stop Way
P.O. Box 500
Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 222-5419

Orange County West - Randolph
12 Prince Street
PO Box 284
Randolph, VT 05060
(800) 846-9506 / (802) 728-9506

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)

255 South Champlain St.
P.O. Box 1603
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 862-2771

Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)

70 Main Street
P.O. Box 346
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316 / 800-639-4065

St. Johnsbury: (802) 748-8997
Island Pond: (802) 723-6245
Canaan: (802) 266-7134

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)

91 Buck Drive
Westminster, VT 05158-9618
(802) 722-4575 / (800) 464-9951 is an easy to use website that consolidates disaster information in one place. Currently, 17 U.S. Government agencies, which sponsor more than 50 forms of disaster assistance, contribute to the website. You can apply for many forms of assistance with a single, online application. Ultimately, will speed the application process and allow you to check the progress of your application online.

Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc. (GBICS)

121 Depot Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A Bennington area organization assisting people experiencing poverty and near poverty with food, fuel, housing supports, and access to primary medical care.


P.O. Box 165
282 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-3608

HOPE VT supports low-income families through Addison County Emergency Food Shelf, emergency rent and fuel assistance, and low cost or free household items and clothing. Eligibility is dependent upon income. HOPE VT also develops affordable housing and currently manages over 150 units. RetroWorks sells clothing and household items.

Office of Disability Determination of the Vermont Department for Children and Families

Disability Determination Services
93 Pilgrim Park Road, Suite 6
Waterbury, VT 05676
(800) 734-2463 / (802) 241-2463

DDS determines the eligibility of Vermonters who apply for disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We also determine the medical eligibility of Vermonters who apply for Medicaid based on having a disability.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

Vermont District Office
87 State Street Room 205
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 828-4422

The SBA Disaster Assistance Office offers financial assistance to those who are trying to rebuild their homes and businesses in the aftermath of a disaster, through loans and long-term recovery efforts.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

(800) 772-1213
(800) 325-0778 (TYY)

The SSA provides information, answers questions, and informs elder Americans about their social security rights and benefits.

Burlington Office
58 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(877) 840- 5776 / (800) 325-0778 (TTY)

Montpelier Office
33 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(877) 505-4542 / (802) 223-0586 (TTY)

Rutland Office
330 Asa Bloomer Office Building
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701
(866) 690-1944 / (802) 773-3202 (TTY)

Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

(800) 649-4357

The federal food and nutrition program WIC is designed to serve income-eligible pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding or who have a new baby, infants and children up to age 5 who are nutritionally or medically at risk.  In addition to providing healthy foods, WIC provides nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, health education, and connections to community resources. Contact your area Vermont Department of Health District office for more information:

Barre: (888) 253-8786 / (802) 479-4200

Bennington: (800) 637-7347 / (802) 447-3531

Brattleboro: (888) 253-8805 / (802) 257-2880

Burlington: (888) 253-8803 / (802) 863-7323

Middlebury: (888) 253-8804 / (802) 388-4644

Morrisville: (888) 253-8798 / (802) 888-7447

Newport: (800) 952-2945 / (802) 334-6707

Rutland: (888) 253-8802 / (802) 786-5811

St. Albans: (888) 253-8801 / (802) 524-7970

St. Johnsbury: (800) 952-2936 / (802) 748-5151

Springfield: (888) 296-8151 / (802) 885-5778

White River Junction: (888) 253-8799 / (802) 295-8820

Vermont 2-1-1

P.O. Box 111
Essex Junction, VT 05453
Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont
(866) 652-4636 (VT) / (802) 652-4636 from outside Vermont

Vermont 2-1-1, a program of United Ways of Vermont is a confidential, statewide, health and human services information and referral service. Trained information and referral specialists offer personalized assistance by telephone; help solve problems; and provide information and referrals to government programs, community-based organizations, support groups and other community resources. This is a free, confidential service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Language translation is available.

Vermont Food Shelves, Community Meal Sites and More

Lists Vermont food shelves and community meal sites, as well as information on additional resources such as elderly nutrition programs (home-delivered meals and senior meals), regional Community Action Agencies, and the Vermont Foodbank, which mobilizes large food donations from commercial and other sources, then redistributes it at low, per-pound rates to its member agencies. The Vermont Foodbank also makes certain federal commodities available to food shelves to distribute to income-eligible households.

Vermont National Guard Family Assistance Centers

The Family Assistance Center is  designed to assist military families from all branches of the military throughout all phases of deployment.  FAC’s are a “One Stop Shop” for service members and their families to obtain updated resources and supports available. This includes Emergency Financial Assistance, Support for Children/Youth & Adult Family Members, TRICARE Questions/Problem Resolution, Crisis Intervention and Assistance, Tax Filing Assistance, Problem Solving, Peer Connection, and Red Cross Notification Assistance. Outreach efforts into community agencies are conducted to assure updated information is being provided and to reinforce supports available to the military community.

You First

Eligible Vermonters get these free or low-cost health services through this program:
•    Breast and cervical cancer screenings, with one-on-one support throughout the process.
•    Heart health screenings for problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol.*
•    Help understanding screening needs, results and next steps, and how to use You First benefits.
•    Support from a local health coach via email or phone.*
•    Memberships to weight-loss and fitness programs like WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and local gyms.*
* age limited programs

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by authors and members of the organizations listed are not necessarily those of VCW. The presence of any individual or organization on this list should not be considered an endorsement by VCW.