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Chittenden County assistance programs.

Locate information on various government programs, non-profits organizations, and charities that operate across the greater Chittenden County Vermont area. The organizations can either provide direct cash assistance to for paying expenses, including energy bills and housing costs such as rent. Or the agencies can refer individuals to services provided by food banks, community clinics, and others across the Burlington region.

Chittenden Community Action – The leading non-profit/community action agency. A large number of grants and financial assistance programs are offered. Get help with energy bills, heating oil, and kerosene from Crisis Fuel Program, WARMTH and ShareHeat, and emergency disconnection assistance. Housing assistance can help with rent and security deposits. Counselors can help residents apply for Food Stamps, WIC, School Breakfast and Lunch, and other food assistance programs.

There are a number of other services administered. They include career and job finding, employment goal setting, debt and budget counseling, tenant-landlord mediation, and more. The agency is committed to assisting the less fortunate, low income, and seniors in the Chittenden County region. 255 South Champlain Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401, (802) 863-6248.

Charlotte Food Shelf and Assistance - Runs a food pantry for meals, free groceries, and offers nutritional assistance. In addition, a small cash fund can help pay utility or heating bills on a case by case basis. 421 Church Hill Road, Charlotte Congregational Church, Charlotte Vermont 05445, call (802) 425-3252

Cancer Patient Support Program – Emergency financial support is offered in a crisis to cancer patients and possibly their immediate family members. The non-profit helps with medical expenses, rent and housing expenses, respite care, Cobra payments, utilities, food, transportation costs, childcare, and other basic needs. 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, call (802) 847-4848

Joint Urban Ministry Project – Administers various basic needs programs. Some of them include utility assistance, food, diapers, baby food and formula and medicine. Transportation includes bus passes and gasoline vouchers. Household items include toiletries, cleaning supplies, nonperishable food, and household goods. 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, call (802) 862-4501




Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral – Offers limited financial assistance for paying utilities, rent and security deposits, and can distribute some personal needs and food vouchers. In addition, provides information about other services, non-profits and charities in the community. 113 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, (802) 951-4290

The Burlington Salvation Army - Offers a comprehensive assistance program to help the needy in emergency situations. This can include free food, heating and utility assistance, information on loan programs, and prescription cost assistance. School supplies and clothing are also offered.

There are also reason services. They offer holiday assistance, including Angel Treefor free Christmas fits or meals is run. They also have an onsite thrift store. 64 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401, phone (802) 864-6991. Find more details on the Chittenden County Salvation Army.

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity is another regional non-profit organization. This group is focused on helping individuals meet their basic needs and gain long term stability. The location offers transitional housing, grants and credit for heating bills from the fuel assistance program, weatherization and other aid. Some limited rental and/or housing information may be available from programs such as Vermont Tenants. Read more.

Charlotte Congregational Church – Limited funding. On a case by case basis may be able to help with utility bills (including electric) and vouchers for providing gas or food. 421 Church Hill Road, Charlotte, Vermont 05445-0012, (802) 425-3176





Richmond Congregational Church – Works with the Salvation Army to offer food, electric, fuel and heating assistance, gasoline and bus money, and prescription drug assistance and vouchers. 20 Church Street, Richmond, VT 05477, (802) 434-2053

Regional holiday programs can help low income families and those living in poverty. When applying for free Christmas toys or a meal, including at Thanksgiving, the Chittenden County family needs proof of income and residency. If qualified, everything from a gift for a child to free food boxes are provided by local charities. Find Chittenden County holiday assistance.

Vermont Catholic Charities – Runs a number of social services and low income programs. They are a last resort agency. From time to time will have limited funds for basic paying for needs including food vouchers, security deposits, eviction prevention, back rent, imminent utility disconnections (electric, gas, and water).

Most of the resources available from Catholic Charities and churches in Burlington are for non-financial needs. So the agency will help coordinate housing for seniors, counseling, and referrals. Assistance and counseling may be offered for new mothers, and providing meals and support for children is also a focus. 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403, (802) 658-6111, or click more Vermont Catholic Charities assistance.

Committee On Temporary Shelter – This non-profit provides temporary financial assistance for paying mortgage or back rent and security deposits to prevent people from losing their home or being evicted. Housing Resource Center, 95 North Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, phone (802) 861-0110

Food banks in Chittenden County

The locations below serve thousands of local families every month, People can get meals, free groceries, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gift baskets, and even items such as clothing and household products.

Hilltop Light Ministries – Baby formula and take home groceries. 421 Shelburne Road, (802) 863-0524, Burlington





Sara Holbrook Community Center - 66 North Avenue, Burlington, (802) 862-6342

Colchester Community Food Shelf, 245 Main Street, Colchester, Vermont 05446, phone (802) 879-2444

Hinesburg Community Resource Center - Offers groceries, free food, milk, etc. 51 Ballards Corner Road, Hinesburg, dial (802) 482-4946

Essex Center / Jericho-Underhill Ecumenical Ministries, 273 Route 15, Jericho, Vermont 05465, dial (802) 899-4288

Milton Family Community Center, 23 Villemaire Lane, Milton, VT 05468, telephone (802) 893-1457

Richmond Food Shelf And Thrift Store – Food, clothing, holiday meals, and other aid. 58 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT 05477, (802) 578-4283

Shelburne Ecumenical Food Shelf, 5420 Shelburne Road, Ground Floor, Town Offices Building

Westford Food Shelf, 1 White Church Lane, Westford, Vermont

Clinics and health centers

Community Health Center Of Burlington – May have free health or medical care for the low income and under served. Medications, immunizations, dental cleanings may be just a few of the services offered. 617 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, (802) 864-6309

Community Health Center Of Burlington – The drop-in clinic provides medical and mental health services. Pearl Street Clinic Of CHCB, 179 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Call (802) 652-1080 for intake.

Community Health Center Of Burlington, Safe Harbor Clinic Of CHCB, 184 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, dial (802) 860-4310

Burlington area credit, foreclosure and debt counseling

Cvoeo, Financial Futures, 255 South Champlain Street, Burlington, VT 05401, phone (802) 860-1417





Burlington Greenpath Debt Solutions – This non-profit offers a wide range of services, some of which may be free or low cost to qualified individuals. Services provided include, but are not limited to, credit repair, debt counseling, personalized budgeting, foreclosure and mortgage counseling, financial education, and bankruptcy counseling. In addition, the non-profit GreenPath also offers low cost debt management programs, which may help pay off credit card debts and also stop collection calls. 41 IDX Drive, Suite 210, South Burlington, Vermont 05403, (888) 776-6735

By Jon McNamara













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