by Carolyn Sistrand, MyNBC5, September 16, 2021.
COVID-19 unemployment benefits ended last week, meaning some people lost an extra $300 dollars a week.
Others may have found themselves behind on bills because of the hardships related to the pandemic which is why some state programs are trying to help Vermonters catch up.
"No one can go without electricity and water. That's a basic need for safety and health," Vermont Sen. Kesha Ram said. "We have to do what we can through our utilities and through our agencies to help people feel less overwhelmed."
That is the idea behind the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program, or "VCAAP" for short, is Covid-19 relief money helping people pay bills that may have been sitting since April 2020. These utilities includes electricity, water, gas, landlines, and wastewater.