State officials announced Wednesday plans to wind down an emergency rental assistance program

State officials announced Wednesday plans to wind down an emergency rental assistance program that helped thousands of Vermonters throughout the pandemic. The changes, which will be progressively implemented in the coming months, will reduce the number of people eligible and the level of the benefits for the Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program. A media briefing – provided by a litany of state officials including Agency of Human Services Secretary Jenney Samuelson, Commissioner of Housing Josh Hanford, Agency of Administration Deputy Secretary Douglas Farnham, Executive Director of the Vermont State Housing Authority Kathleen Berk, Department of Children and Families Commissioner Sean Brown, among others – outlined the anticipated changes which are a departure from original plans that called for the federally-funded programs to be longer lasting.