Living in affordable and safe homes located in healthy communities with opportunities for positive social interactions.

There is a lack of permanent and supportive housing for those with backgrounds prohibiting them from attaining subsidized housing. This cycle then increases their likelihood of high rent burden which can not be sustained. Our strategy is to develop a permanent and supportive housing program that will provide stable options for this population to achieve affordable housing

Measures and Indicators:

The Well Housed CAN is trying to turn the curve on cost burdened households in our region.


Everyone in Cal-Essex Counties is well-housed by 2020

% of households that spend 30% or more of income on housing from 2011–2015

  • Actual Value 36% 36%
  • Target Value ?% ?%

Story behind the curve: When households spend more than 30% of income on rent/mortgage that means they have less for other essentials such as food, clothing, healthcare, and transportation. For many families, rent burden is a financial burden that adversely affects their economic well-being, which is tenuous at best, as an unexpected drop in income could lead to eviction and homelessness.


Rural Edge and other housing organizations, landlords, NETO, state and local government

What Works?

Evidence-based/informed strategies include: Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8); Housing First and other service enriched programs; Housing meditation services (between landlords and tenants); Housing rehab grants and loans; Housing trusts; Weatherization Assistance Programs; Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs; Low income housing tax credits; mixed use development; rapid rehousing programs; healthy home environmental assessments

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Tools and Resources:

The Well Housed CAN is trying to turn the curve on cost burdened households in our region.

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How to Get Involved:

CAN members have strong expertise, influence, interest and/or resources in area of focus.

Currently Well Housed CAN members include representatives from:

  • Agency of Human Services

  • Hospital

  • Housing Agency

  • Town of St Johnsbury

  • FQHC/Home Health

  • Substance Use Disorder Hub

  • Community Action Agency

  • Council on Aging

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • NEK Learning Services

  • Vermont Department of Health

If you are interested in joining the CAN or want to learn more about our work contact Meg Burmeister at