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FEMA Awards More Than $1.5 million for COVID-19 Non-Congregate Sheltering in Vermont

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REGION 1  - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1,565,869 to the Vermont Agency of Administration for costs incurred for Non-Congregate Sheltering in locations throughout the state.  These locations include Holiday Inn in South Burlington, Econo Lodge in Montpelier and Motel 6 in Brattleboro.

Non-congregate sheltering is a widely used practice for housing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  It is necessary to keep people/family separated from one another, especially in indoor environments, and is primarily used for promoting physical distancing and reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The grant awarded to Vermont Agency of Administration is paid through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program, which is paid at 100 percent to eligible state and local governments, tribal nations and certain non-profit entities to assist with approved costs associated with responding to and recovering from disasters.

“We are pleased to provide this grant to the Vermont Agency of Administration to help them manage the financial demands that they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19,” said Paul Ford, Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating  Officer who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England.  “FEMA’s Public Assistance program is essential to keeping communities safe while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout New England”, Ford concluded.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance Program can be found at



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Last updated March 2, 2021