Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard
I hope that everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend! There seemed to be lots of people finding respite here in VT. I did not make it to any of the festivities at the Coolidge homestead this weekend, but I have heard there was good attendance. The construction on Rte 100 stopped on Friday, but I imagine it will happening in full force on Tuesday!
I attended the fireworks in Brownsville with friends on 7/3 and they were exceptionally good this year. Of course, nighttime has been bringing the sounds of backyard celebrations for over a week now and I imagine they will continue.
Just a quick note about the HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HAP). From what I understand, if you are behind on housing expenses due to the COVID-19, you can apply to Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) for federal American Rescue Plan funding. Qualifying expenses include: missed payments on mortgages, utilities (water/sewer, electricity, home heating), property taxes, and homeowner or condominium association fees. You must own your VT home and have it as your primary residence. There are financial guidelines and grants take into consideration household size. I was told that funds are still being provided, but I received the impression that the sooner you apply the better. Learn more at vermonthap.vhfa.org or call (833)221-4208