§3902. Office of economic opportunity

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/03/059/03902
Published: 2015

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3902. Office of economic opportunity

(a) The director

of the office of economic opportunity is hereby authorized to allocate

available financial assistance for community services agencies and programs in

accordance with state and federal law and regulation.

(b) The director

may provide financial assistance to community services agencies for the

planning, conduct, administration and evaluation of community service programs

to provide a range of services and activities having a measurable and potentially

major impact on causes of poverty in the community or in areas of the community

where poverty is a particularly acute problem. Components of those services and

activities may involve, without limitation of other activities and supporting

facilities designed to assist low income participants:

(1) to secure

and retain meaningful employment;

(2) to obtain

adequate education;

(3) to make

better use of available income;

(4) to provide

and maintain adequate housing and a suitable living environment;

(5) to obtain

services for the prevention of narcotics addiction, alcoholism, and for the

rehabilitation of narcotic addicts and alcoholics;

(6) to obtain

emergency assistance through loans and grants to meet immediate and urgent

individual and family needs, including the need for health services, nutritious

food, housing and unemployment related assistance;

(7) to remove

obstacles and solve personal and family problems which block achievement of


(8) to achieve

greater participation in the affairs of the community;

(9) to make more

frequent and effective use of other programs related to the purposes of this


(10) to

coordinate and establish linkages between governmental and other social service

programs to assure the effective delivery of such services to low income

persons; and to encourage the use of entities in the private sector of the

community in efforts to ameliorate poverty in the community.

(c) The director

is authorized to adopt rules pursuant to chapter 25 of this title appropriate

to the carrying out of this chapter and the purposes thereof. (Added 1981, No.

173 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 20, 1982.)