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    (5/24/2010) NEW HAVEN- The City of New Haven is reminding residents that applications for the Rent Rebate Program will be accepted through September 15 and appointments are required to participate in the application process. Phone lines have been ringing off the hook in the City’s Department of Elderly services and in New Haven’s three senior centers with residents anxious to benefit from this program.

    “We really want residents to know that whether or apply today or in August, all checks are mailed out at the same time in October. We ask that residents be patient and work with us so that we can enroll everyone who is eligible and interested. Therefore there is no need to worry if you can’t obtain an appointment right away; we will get to you in a timely fashion,” said Patricia Wallace, Director of Elderly Services.

    Appointments are mandatory to apply for this program. No walk-ins will be accepted.

    Residents who apply for the Rent Rebate program will also be given an opportunity to register with the City’s Emergency Department in order to receive rapid notification in case of a disaster. The City has asked the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut to collaborate in the Rent Rebate effort in order to assist those who wish to do so to also complete the Benefits Check-up, an on-line form that, with a single application, enables people to check their eligibility for more than 250 public benefit programs. The Area Agency has trained volunteers who will assist people to file these applications at some locations.

    “There is also misinformation out there that people younger than 55 are no longer being allowed to apply for the Rent Rebate Program. This is not true,” said Wallace. “Residents under the age of 55 who are eligible for this program just can't complete their applications at senior centers. We have multiple other locations where they can make appointments to apply for this program.”

    This year only persons aged 55 and older will be able to submit applications to the Rent Rebate Program at senior centers. Others will be given appointments at City Hall and four branch libraries, at Bella Vista, River Run Apartments and Westville Manor. Sign-up lists will be posted for appointments at various housing complexes.

    Anyone younger than 55 who does not live in senior housing should call the new Rent Rebate Appointment Line, 203-946-8550 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays beginning Monday, May 17th. Residents are asked to leave only a name and phone number. They will be called and given an appointment. The program continues through September 15. All checks, regardless of when the resident applies, will be disseminated in October.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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