Town Hall Archive 2020

Virtual Town Halls: Join online or by phone, or watch past events

We're hosting a series of virtual town halls on legal issues during the coronavirus crisis. You can attend online or by telephone.

Watch past town halls:

  • Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m.: CARES Act stimulus checks - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic attorney Zach Lees talks about: who can get a stimulus check; how and when to expect the payment; and potential impact on public benefits, health care coverage and subsidized housing.

  • Thursday, April 23, at 10 a.m.: Unemployment benefit changes - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Vermont Legal Aid attorney Kelli Kazmarski talks about: new unemployment programs due to COVID-19; new rules, new issues; how to apply for and get weekly benefits; and what to do if you have a problem.

  • Thursday, April 30, at 10 a.m.: Health insurance and access to health care - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Annalee Beaulieu of the Office of the Health Care Advocate at Vermont Legal Aid talks about: health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and access to health care.

  • Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m.: Rental housing and eviction - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Vermont Legal Aid attorney Jean Murray talks about: changes to landlord-tenant law as a result of COVID-19; what a Vermont eviction moratorium would mean; and the new federal law that affects tenants. Legislation and rules around housing are changing frequently. We are staying on top of these changes, and ask that you keep checking the information on this website

  • Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m.: Debt problems - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Legal Services Vermont attorney Maggie Frye talks about debt and the COVID-19 crisis. Topics include changes to court practices after COVID-19 as well as responding to letters, phone calls and lawsuits by debt collectors.

  • Thursday, June 4, at 10 a.m.: Long-term care - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Sean Londergan of the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project at Vermont Legal Aid talked about long-term care in facilities (nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living residences) and community settings (at home) during COVID-19.

  • Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m.: Special education and students living with disability - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Rachel Seelig and Marilyn Mahusky, staff attorneys with the Disability Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, talked about the COVID-19 emergency, remote learning, and parent and student rights — including IEPs (Individualized Education Programs). They shared tips on what to keep an eye on now and how to solve problems.

  • Thursday, July 9, at 10 a.m.: Taxes and health care - Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. The tax filing deadline is July 15. Join us for a town hall on taxes, health insurance and Premium Tax Credits. Vermont Legal Aid tax attorney Zach Lees and Health Care Advocate Emily Bens talk about dealing with tax issues, deadlines and how to get Premium Tax Credits.

  • Thursday, July 16, at 10 a.m.: New rental assistance for Vermonters. Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Vermont Legal Aid attorney Jean Murray talked about the new financial help renters can get to pay past-due rent. She discussed how it works and how you can apply.

  • Thursday, July 23, at 10 a.m.: New mortgage assistance for Vermonters. Watch the video on Facebook. Vermont Legal Aid Attorney Grace Pazdan talked about the new financial help homeowners can get to pay overdue mortgage payments and other programs for homeowners who may be facing foreclosure. She talked about who can get the new financial help, how it works and how to apply.

  • Thursday, August 13 at 10 a.m.: Changes to unemployment benefits and eligibility as more Vermonters get offers to return to work. Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube. Vermont Legal Aid attorney Kelli Kazmarski talked about changes such as: the ending of the $600/week in federal unemployment benefits; what happens to unemployment benefits when you are not able to return to work for reasons like dependent care or health/safety concerns; and issues with overpayments of benefits. 

Updated: Aug 19, 2020