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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.
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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) 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)
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
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
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
Helps eligible Vermonters pay home heating bills
Provides employment and training to 3SquaresVT recipients
Micro Business Development
Helps people to start and grow microbusinesses.
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 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
Helps with water and wastewater bills
Helps low income residents to save fuel and money by improving the energy efficiency of their homes
Economic Services Division Offices (12 statewide)
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
Newport, Vermont 05855
320 Asa Bloomer Building (State Office Building)
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701
100 Mineral Street, Suite 201
Springfield, VT 05156
27 Federal Street, Suite 400
St. Albans, VT 05478
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
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
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
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
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
DisasterAssistance.gov 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, DisasterAssistance.gov 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
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
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) 325-0778 (TYY)
The SSA provides information, answers questions, and informs elder Americans about their social security rights and benefits.
58 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(877) 840- 5776 / (800) 325-0778 (TTY)
33 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(877) 505-4542 / (802) 223-0586 (TTY)
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)
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
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.
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.