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SEVCA offers several new service programs

WESTMINSTER—Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is offering three new service programs: Healthcare Assisters, COVID-19 Recovery Navigators, and Rapid Resolution Housing.

• State-certified Healthcare Assisters are now available to help individuals apply, update, or resolve issues with their health insurance through Vermont Health Connect. Assisters provide information about health insurance, qualified health plans, Medicaid and other public programs, and offer impartial application assistance.

Open enrollment for health insurance begins Nov. 1 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2021. However, if you’ve lost health insurance coverage or experienced a qualifying event (such as pregnancy/birth/adoption, marriage/divorce, or aging out of parental coverage), you may be eligible for a special enrollment period.

Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur, Vermont’s health insurance for children, continues enrollment year round.

If you need help applying for, updating, or resolving issues with your healthcare insurance, call SEVCA to set up an appointment with a Healthcare Assister. Residents of Windham County can request an appointment with a healthcare assister by calling Daniel Quipp at 802-428-3038. Residents of Windsor County can request an appointment by calling Laura Prothero at 802-428-3029.

• SEVCA’s Recovery Navigators are available to assist families and individuals affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis in accessing programs, financial help, and services like housing, utility, and other types of assistance.

For more information, please contact Quipp or Prothero at the numbers above or SEVCA’s outreach offices in Brattleboro, Westminster, Springfield, or White River Junction. Contact information can be found at sevca.org/contact/sevca-locations.

• SEVCA is also administering the Rapid Resolution Housing Initiative funding for Windham and Windsor counties. The Rapid Resolution Housing Initiative (RRHI) is a state-wide program to help Continuum of Care (CoC) partners throughout the state reduce homelessness.

This program provides short-term, one-time financial assistance to people who are currently homeless or who experienced homelessness, between April 1 and June 30, 2020, in order to access safe housing. RRHI funds can be used for security deposits and rental support, in addition to alleviating barriers to obtaining housing, such as old utility balances and deposits, reducing debt or moving costs.

Partners in the three CoCs in Windham and Windsor counties can contact Pat Burke (pburke@sevca.org) or Amy Downing (adowning@sevca.org) for application materials and more information.

If you are experiencing a housing crisis and would like more information about SEVCA’s housing programs, call 800-464-9951 and you will be directed to your local SEVCA office.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #583 (Wednesday, October 14, 2020).

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