Home & Housing Supports

We understand that to be successful in your recovery process, it is important to have basic needs, such as housing, in place. Our housing programs and support services can help you find and maintain stable, affordable housing, making it easier to focus on your recovery.

If you are new to Howard Center and are looking for services, please call our Access and Intake number at 802-488-6000.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a residential program for 11 women who are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and who have reached their minimum sentence and have at least one year of supervision left on their maximum sentence. They must be eligible for a Section 8 voucher. The program targets women from Chittenden County, but women from other counties may be accepted on a case by case basis.

In addition to residential support, the program offers individual and group counseling, parenting support, and employment through collaborations with community partners. The mission is to help women build a safe, healthy, and productive life in the community while living independently.

Clients are referred by the Department of Corrections staff at the women’s prison. In addition, area residential facilities also make referrals.

For more information about Northern Lights, call 802-488-7008 or 802-488-6000.

Section 8 Housing Support

The Section 8 housing program is a federal program that can help individuals and families pay for housing costs. Eligibility for the program is based on household income and family size. To apply for a voucher, individuals need to contact their local housing authority.

If you are eligible for a Section 8 housing voucher, our staff can help you with the application process. Call 802-488-6500 or 802-488-6000 for more information about Section 8.