Vermont is going to get $200 million for rental housing stabilization out of the federal budget that was passed late last year.

That means it will be able to restart its stalled rental assistance program, which has paid out $21 million since the beginning of the summer.

But the new program comes with an array of complex federal rules that will make it more difficult for renters to apply and for state officials to administer, said Richard Williams, executive director of the Vermont State Housing Authority.