RENT & UTILITY ASSISTANCE
STATE OF CONNECTICUT TEMPORARY RENTAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
The State of Connecticut with financial support from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has launched a rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19, administered through the department of Housing.
Call the number below and speak to a Call Center Representative to determine if you qualify for TRHAP assistance. For additional information about the program, please visit www.portal.ct.gov/doh
CONNECTICUT HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY
Governor Lamont announced today a comprehensive plan to put more than $33 million in state and federal resources to work providing emergency assistance to renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
$10 million rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19, administered through the Department of Housing, which will provide payments to landlords on behalf of approved tenant applicants, with a priority on lower-income households who have been denied unemployment insurance; $5 million for eviction prevention to help renters who were in the process of eviction before the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency; $2.5 million rental assistance program for those who are ineligible for emergency assistance through the federal CARES Act, including those who are undocumented, administered by the Department of Housing.
In addition to this assistance through the state, large Connecticut cities received $10 million under the CARES Act Emergency Solution Grants program to prevent homelessness and support homeless populations. The Connecticut Department of Housing is encouraging those municipalities to allocate some of that funding to provide rent arrearage assistance for low and very low-income families that are struggling to make ends meet. https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/06-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Assistance-for-Renters-Homeowners-and-Residential-Landlords
CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY CARE
(203) 596-4800 x5456
COMMUNITY RENEWAL TEAM
CRT programs help families and individuals through times of crisis. CRT Resource Centers help people with basic needs – food, housing, shelter, heating or energy assistance, and more. Free computer labs with internet access allow you to search for jobs, apartments or services. CRT staff can also direct you to other programs that help strengthen and stabilize individuals and families.
You can also call Infoline at 2-1-1 for help in meeting your basic needs.
CT ENERGY ASSISTANCE
A volunteer coordinator interviews clients and disperses funds for emergency assistance for rent, utilities and medical expenses, making referrals to other agencies as needed. Click here for office hours (by appointment only). The office is located at First Congregational Church, 837 Main Street, East Hartford, CT.
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut's lower income households, specifically those households whose income falls at or below 60 percent of the state median income. CEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant. The Connecticut Department of Social Services administers CEAP, in collaboration with its partners, Community Action Agencies across the state
Operation Fuel partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families and individuals in need have access to year-round energy assistance. In addition to helping you apply for energy assistance programs, our partner agencies may be able to connect you with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.
The Salvation Army offers financial assistance to families in financial crisis or hardship to help with basic needs. The goal is to provide short term support, while helping individuals work toward long term self-sufficiency. Some of the assistance provided to low-income families includes food, rental assistance, clothing, funds for paying utility and heating bills, and seasonal programs. There is oftentimes an eligibility requirement associated with these programs.
If you are faced with an eviction, The Salvation Army may have funding available for emergency rental assistance. In addition, we can help families and individuals pay utility bills in order to get through an emergency crisis.
EAST HARTFORD SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT