Vermont Legal Aid is advocating for an increase in Reach Up cash assistance to low-income Vermont families.
Researchers from Dartmouth and attorneys at Vermont Legal Aid collaborated to create a legislative brief. It translates research findings on the impact of housing on health into actionable policy recommendations for Vermont’s leadership.
Advocates should continue to be alert for inappropriate denials of coverage based on lack of improvement or on “stability” – particularly for individuals with chronic conditions.
VLA has been quick to advocate for Vermonters by making requests to state officials and legislators — in addition to giving legal help to Vermonters.
“... Health inspectors forced low-income and vulnerable tenants to immediately vacate their homes ..."
The Office of the Vermont Attorney General has named Vermont Legal Aid attorney Mairead O’Reilly the “Vermonter of the Month” because of her work on expungement.
Vermont Legal Aid testified in support of this rule.
In Vermont, approximately 1,700 eviction cases are filed every year. The number one cause of eviction is falling behind on rent. In most cases, families lose their housing.
VLA’s report examines the problem of substandard housing conditions and calls for policy solutions to address it.