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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Update to VERAP

We were recently advised that there are changes coming to the VERAP program related to Rent and other expenses related to Housing.  Following are the changes that will be implemented to VERAP beginning October 1, 2022. Clarification of these rules may continue please check their website https://erap.vsha.org/ on Fridays for the most up to date information. 

  1. VERAP will STOP taking new applications for Rent and Other Expenses Related to Housing.
  2. Utility Applications will only be accepted through December 31, 2022.
  3. Participants who receive rental assistance (such as Section 8) will no longer be eligible for assistance.
  4. ExistingVERAP participants (those applying to VERAP prior to 10/1/2022) will received reduced assistance dependent on income, according to the following schedule:
    1. Participants with income between 31-80% of Area median Income:
  1. October 1, 2022 assistance will be reduced to 70%
  2. November 1, 2022 assistance will be reduced to 50%
  3. Assistance will end November 30, 2022.
    1. Participants with income at 30% of Area Median Income and below:
  1. October 1, 2022, assistance will be reduced to 70%
  2. Assistance will be provided until funding is gone.
  1. Participants receiving Utility Benefits are impacted as follows:
    1. October 1, 2022, assistance will be reduced to 70%
    2. Utility Assistance will be provided for invoices dated up to December 31, 2022
    3. All utility payments will end December 31, 2022.

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