Helping The Elderly Access Safe Housing | Vermont
Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, Inc. and other LSC-funded legal organizations across America help low-income clients access the civil justice system. LSC grantee clients include veterans and military families, homeowners and renters, families with children, farmers, the disabled, and the elderly.
Thomas* is elderly, disabled, and living in subsidized housing.
Thomas was on the verge of losing his housing and his subsidy because of rental arrears. He was unable to manage his limited disability income and was about to become homeless.
Thomas contacted Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, Inc. (Law Line) for help.
Law Line attorneys set up a representative payee who would help make sure Thomas’ rent was paid. Law Line also alerted the housing authorities that Thomas’ non-payment was due to his disability.
The housing authorities waived the arrearage so that Thomas could keep his housing subsidy. He has remained in his house and never had to reside in a homeless shelter.
*Names have been changed.