Emergency Rental Assistance for Connecticut’s Economy
Program also includes financial assistance for past-due electric accounts
Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut has developed the UniteCT Program, which is federally funded. This $235 million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The intention of UniteCT is to help stabilize Connecticut’s rental housing market.
This program will provide up to $10,000 in financial support for past-due rent and up to $1,500 for utility accounts (electric only) that are in arrears for eligible applicants.
The program will support households at or below 80% of the HUD Area Median Income. Norwich is part of the Norwich-New London, CT HUD Metro FMR area. The 80% AMI (area median income) for this area as established by the IRS is as follows:
Number in Household | 80% AMI cannot exceed
1 person | $54,950
2 people | $62,800
3 people | $70,650
4 people | $78,500
5 people | $84,800
6 people | $91,100
7 people | $97,350
8 people | $103,650
Eligibility for Connecticut household in this program are those who:
- Have qualified for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
- Priority will be made to eligible household with an income less than 50% of AMI or with one or more members of the household who have been unemployed for 90 days
Assistance will be available through a call center, housing counseling agencies, and other community partners across the state. Funds must be committed by September 2021, and disbursed by December 2021.