New Haven Kicks Off Rent Rebate Program
(5/21/2012) The City of New Haven has begun accepting applications for the State of Connecticut’s Rent Rebate Program. Due to the high volume of applications for this program, residents interested in applying for this program must do so by appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. The information below pertains to New Haven residents only. Renters from other municipalities should contact their municipality for information about the application process in their town.
The state program provides a reimbursement for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home may be eligible for this program. Rebates can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons. The rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the calendar year prior to the year in which the renter applies.
The program is available to residents age 65 or older as of December 31, 2011, or residents at least 18 by December 31, 2011 who have been found by a government agency to be permanently and totally disabled. Income must be no more than $32,000 for single individuals, or $39,500 for married couples. Individuals receiving state cash assistance are not eligible.
Last year, 4,654 New Haven residents received $2.3 million dollars.
Individuals who do not live in senior housing and have received this benefit in the past should have already received an appointment notice from the City.
Residents of the following housing facilities may schedule application appointments by contacting resident services or management staff for their building:
Community Builders/Victory Gardens and Mountain Valley
Fair Haven Elderly Housing
Tower One/Tower East
Park Ridge Apartments
Housing Authority of New Haven including Quinnipiac Terrace
Residents of the following housing facilities may also sign-up for appointments with City staff on-site:
Ella B. Scantlebury
Josephine Jarvis Gray
Liberty Safe Haven
Monterey Homes including 114 Bristol and 69 Webster
All other qualified residents must schedule an appointment by calling the Rent Rebate hotline at 203-946-8550. Individuals over age 55 who do not live at the above locations will be seen at Senior Centers, unless there is a library branch closer to their home. Qualified disabled residents will be seen at the library branch closest to their home or City Hall.
Applications will be accepted through September 15. All checks will be disseminated in October, regardless of when the application is submitted.
Media assistance in publicizing this information is greatly appreciated.
A State FAQ on the program can be found here: http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/igp/grants/taxrel/renter2012.pdf