Reach Up Funding: Expand the Vermont Rental Subsidy to Support Reach Up Families
Reach Up, Vermont’s basic safety net for children and families with extremely low incomes, does not provide enough income support to prevent material deprivation. Families are receiving less than 40% of what they need for a subsistence living, and even with additional benefits are well below the poverty line. Only about 25% of Reach Up households have Section 8 housing vouchers or reside in project-based subsidized housing, leaving the vast majority with insufficient resources to cover housing, transportation, and other basic living expenses. The Alliance supports the Vermont Reach Up Coalition’s effort to secure an expansion of the Vermont Rental Subsidy to provide a housing voucher for every Reach Up household that is homeless or at risk of homelessness.
LEAD ORGANIZATION: Voices for Vermont’s Children