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Emergency GA rule posted to DCF/ESD website

The Department for Children and Families/Economic Services Division (DCF/ESD) has posted the revised Emergency rule, which went into effect on August 1, 2013, to its website: http://dcf.vermont.gov/esd/rules. The new rule makes vouchers available to individuals who are 65 and older, have a child age 6 or younger, women who are in their third trimester of pregnancy, and individuals who have applied for or received SSI/SSDI. The rule also maintains the point system but lowers the eligibility threshold to 4 points for other vulnerable populations. In addition, DCF/ESD has posted the proposed permanent rule to replace the emergency rule at the end of November, and a second, related proposed rule pertaining to the catastrophic eligibility criteria for temporary housing. The rule proposes to clarify catastrophic eligibility criteria and align rules with current department practice. If you would like to testify at the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) on August 22 on the emergency rule, you need to contact Katie Pickens: Katie Pickens, Committee Assistant Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) State House – Montpelier 05633 802-828-5760 kpickens@leg.state.vt.us Send comments to Erhard Mahnke, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.org

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