Apply for rental housing

Step 1


Preliminary Rental Housing Application

Step 2


Until You Are Notified That You Are Near the Top of One or More Waitlists

Step 3


Rental Housing Application.

Step 4


Via Email, Fax, Mail or Drop Off


Step 1: Complete Preliminary Rental Housing Application

Regardless of desired housing program, a completed preliminary application must be submitted to Champlain Housing Trust. You will receive a letter confirming receipt of your preliminary application. 

>> Complete the ONLINE Preliminary Rental Housing Application

Preliminary application

>> Download and SAVE the following 2 forms:

Download Property Waitlist Information Download Tenant Selection Policy

Step 2: Wait Until You Are Notified That You Are Near the Top of One or More Waitlists

• Champlain Housing Trust’s rental housing programs use a waitlist system, based on the date a preliminary application is received.

• Please note, we are currently experiencing longer than average wait times due to the area’s low vacancy rate. Applicants may wait over 15 months after submitting a preliminary application before moving to the next step.

Step 3: Complete Rental Housing Application

We hold your preliminary application until you are near the top of one or more chosen waitlists. At this time, we will request that you complete the Rental Housing Application that we will mail to you. We will process your application including a credit and criminal screening, as well as checking your listed rental references.

Step 4: Submit Your Forms

EMAIL: [email protected] OR

FAX: (802-862-5054) OR

MAIL or DROP OFF: 88 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or 13 Lake St, St. Albans, VT 05478

Rent and Vouchers:

If you cannot afford rent with your income, you may be eligible for a Voucher from a Housing Authority. Apply for a Voucher by contacting the Housing Authorities listed below:

Burlington Housing Authority, 65 Main Street, Burlington 802-864-0538 

Winooski Housing Authority, 83 Barlow Street, Winooski 802-655-2360

Vermont State Housing Authority, 1 Prospect Street, Montpelier 800-820-5119

Completing an Application May Qualify Your Household for:

• Market Rate apartment (no income limits) or

• Tax Credit apartment (income limits apply, see chart below)

Number of People in Household

Annual Minimum Income

Market Rate Income


























If your household income is below the amounts shown in the table, and you do not have a voucher, you should select properties from the OPTIONAL SUBSIDIZED WAITLIST SECTION to be added to the wait lists for those properties.

Households pay 30% of their income toward rent in subsidized apartments. Some properties are only for senior or disabled households.


Most of us understand renting or owning; cooperative housing is a third option. Co-op members are both residents and shareholders of their property. They work together to keep their property and community running well, sharing the responsibilities that a homeowner or landlord typically handles. If you would like to live in a co-op, please complete this addendum to be added to the waitlist.


If you would like to rent a lot in a Manufactured Housing Community managed by Champlain Housing Trust, please complete this addendum and provide information on the manufactured home you will be placing on the lot.

Download Addendum

Quick Links

We do not offer emergency housing. If you need emergency housing, please call 211 to be connected with Vermont Economic Services.

Of course! We can offer answers to your questions by phone at (802) 861-7350 or email at [email protected]. Please be sure to leave your questions in our voicemail box if you must leave a message. Please note that Champlain Housing Trust offices are currently closed to the public, so we are unable to offer assistance in-person.

Complete the online Preliminary Application (click here).

OR, submit hard copy applications in the following ways:

By mail or drop-off to our physical locations:
• 88 King Street, Burlington, VT  05401
• 13 Lake Street, St. Albans, VT 05478       

By fax to: 802.862.5054

By email, as a single .pdf document, to: [email protected]

Due to our area’s low vacancy rates, especially for affordable housing, approved applicants are currently experiencing longer than average wait times being offered an apartment. We are seeing average wait times of over 15 months. We are unable to estimate the length of time an applicant will remain on any of the waitlists before being offered an apartment. Each of our waitlists moves independently, and only moves up when current tenants choose to move out. Approved applicants towards the top of any waitlist are notified when an apartment becomes available.