Category Archives: OEO

HOP 2017 Summary of Awards Released

The summary of Housing Opportunity Program 2017 awards is now available on the Office of Economic Opportunity’s website:

The detailed summary includes a listing of all grantees & award amounts, a description of services provided, a chart showing how funds were allocated across the different strategies, and performance measurement standards. The Office of Economic Opportunity awarded over $5.9 million to 39 different agencies for State Fiscal Year 2017. This is an increase of more than $1.2 million over last year, due to investments of General Assistance (GA) funds from the Economic Services Division to create new community-based alternatives that decrease reliance on GA motels.

The Housing Opportunity Grant Program provides funding to operate emergency overnight and day shelter; provide essential services to shelter guests; provide transitional housing where appropriate; rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; prevent individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis from becoming homeless; implement coordinated entry to streamline client access to resources; and administer the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  The Housing Opportunity Grant Program operates within the Opening Doors, Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Vermont Plan to End Homelessness.  The primary goals of the Housing Opportunity Grant Program are to

  • Decrease the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness;
  • Shorten the length of time people experience homelessness;
  • Reduce the number of individuals and families returning to homelessness; and
  • Prevent people from becoming homeless.

Congratulations to each of these organizations on the amazing work they do each day to prevent and end homelessness!

Housing Opportunity Grant Program Application Available

The Housing Opportunity Grant Program (HOP) is administered by the State Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and blends federal and state funding to help nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, operate within local Continua of Care to provide emergency and day shelter; provide transitional housing where appropriate; offer essential services to shelter residents; rapidly re-house homeless families and individuals in permanent housing; and prevent individuals and families experiencing housing crisis from becoming homeless.

Changes to this Request for Proposals are generally not major, but include the following:

  • OEO has a new mailing address and is now physically located in Waterbury (pg. 5)
  • Eligible Program Components (pg. 7-9):
    • Incorporates proposals for use of General Assistance (GA) to decrease reliance on motels through community-based alternatives, with a particular focus on new crisis bed capacity.
    • Includes a more detailed description of Landlord Liaison work as part of Innovation.
  • Budget (pg. 24-26):
    • Clarifies that costs for administration costs may be based on a de minimus 10% rate or an approved federal indirect cost rate.
    • Explicitly includes demonstration of leveraged funds as a selection criteria. 
  • Attachments (pg. 27):
    • Certificate of Government Approval required for all facility-based projects (i.e., shelters), not just new projects.
    • Written Standards for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing need to be attached to the application, not just on file at the organization.
  • Appendices (pg. 29-48):
    • Updated State Attachment C.
    • Updated HUD income limits for 30% AMI.

Click here for the Notice and Application for Vermont’s State Fiscal Year ’17 Housing Opportunity Grant Program (HOP):

  1. Notice & Overview of Housing Opportunity Grant Program
  2. Application, with Appendices
  3. Standard AHS Grant and Contract Provisions for information purposes only (Attachments C & F)

Funding is available in state fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).


Webinar Announcement: The Office of Economic Opportunity will host a webinar on Monday, April 11th , 1:00 – 2:00pm to review the Housing Opportunity Grant Program Notice and Application for funding. The webinar will be recorded and archived. To attend by web, register here:


Homeless Service & Education Partnership; Domestic Violence Training

The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity currently has two training opportunities available for staff. The first is an upcoming webinar sponsored in partnership with the Agency of Education. The 2nd is a free online training on Domestic Violence from the Agency of Human Services for individuals to complete at their own pace:

Supporting Kids Together: Homeless Service & Education Partnerships in Vermont
Join us for a webinar on Jan 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST
Register now!

Homeless shelter/service providers and PreK to 12 school partners are often serving the same kids and families who are homeless or experiencing housing crisis. The two systems have many overlapping goals when working with homeless students and their families. Learn more about the resources available in Vermont and hear from peers about their strong collaborative partnerships in Franklin and Caledonia Counties.

This webinar is hosted by the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families and the Vermont Agency of Education, with panelists from Voices Against Violence, Laurie’s House; Northeast Kingdom Community Action; Calendonia North, Grand Isle and Franklin Central Supervisory Unions.

A great webinar for Homeless Education Liaisons, Homeless Shelter and Service Providers (including Domestic Violence Shelters), Community Action Agencies, and Homeless Continuum of Care partners.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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Domestic Violence Training
This training was created by the Department of Health’s Office of Local Health in partnership with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the AHS Domestic Violence Steering Committee.  The purpose is to give all AHS community partners a baseline understanding of domestic violence. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge that will optimize interactions with the individuals and families who receive services from community partners.   The online, self-paced training takes approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours to complete:

And coming soon…

Understanding ADA & Reasonable Accommodation for Homeless Shelter & Service Providers

You know that you need to provide reasonable accommodation, but what does that actually mean in practice? We will be offering a webinar with Barb Prine of the Vermont Legal Aid Disability Law Project to gain a basic understanding of what the ADA means to your organization.