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.