Eviction Prevention Fund 

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General Overview
The Eviction Prevention fund is a $12.5 million-dollar rental assistance program made possible through the Department of Housing’s UniteCT program ($11 million) and Rent Bank program ($1.5 million). Tenants who have a summary process eviction action pending against them may qualify for up to $5,000 in a one-time rental assistance payment to cover their rental arrears. 

The tenant’s attorney or mediator will refer the tenant to the Call Center (1-844-864-8328) who will schedule an appointment at the UniteCT Resource Center to help the tenant fill out the application, and if approved, the check will be mailed directly to the landlord. Tenants may self-refer to the Call Center for assistance with an application. Tenants may not complete an application on their own without the assistance of a Resource Center staff. Unlike the UniteCT program, landlords are not required to fill out an online application, but instead landlords are required to attend a mediation appointment with their tenant to confirm the tenant’s rental arrears. If the tenant does not have access to an attorney to create a mediation agreement, then their Case Worker will help them set up an appointment with Quinnipiac Mediation Services. 

Eligibility Criteria  
Household may earn up to 80% of their town’s AMI 
Tenant must have an active Summons & Complaint. If the household only has a Notice to Quit, they are not eligible. 
The tenant must currently live under the same address that is stated on their Summons & Complaint.
Tenant must provide evidence of nonpayment of rent.
Eligible households that previously received $15,000 or 12 months of UniteCT assistance may qualify for up to $3,500 in rental assistance. 
The Application Process

Step 1
: Tenant calls the Call Center to screen for eligibility and receive an appointment at the Resource Center. 

Step 2: If the tenant is signed up for an in-person appointment, then they will bring their ID and 4 weeks of consecutive income for each adult occupant to their appointment. If the tenant is signed up for a phone call appointment, they will email these documents to their assigned staff member at the Resource Center before their appointment time. 

Step 3: Tenant’s application is fully submitted by the Resource Center staff.

Step 4: Application is reviewed by a Case Auditor. 

Step 5: If the tenant is found to be eligible, then the tenant will receive a Pre-Qualification Letter from their Case Auditor. If the tenant is not eligible, the application will be closed. 

Step 6: Tenant’s landlord will receive a notification from the Eviction Prevention Fund describing the landlord's requirements – if a stipulated agreement is not already in place, the landlord must attend a mediation session with their tenant and submit a signed W9 to the tenant’s auditor. 

Step 7

If the landlord wishes to participate: 

If a stipulated agreement is not already in place, the tenant and landlord must attend a mediation session to describe how the tenant is going to pay back their arrears if approved by the program. If the landlord is willing to participate, the household may receive up to $5,000 to support rental arrears. 

If the landlord does not want to participate: 

The landlord must make contact with the tenant’s Case Auditor to confirm they do not wish to participate. Since the current landlord will not receive any assistance from the Eviction Prevention Fund, then the tenant will receive a housing voucher that states they have 60 days to find a new landlord who is willing to start a new lease with the tenant. The voucher includes payment for up to $3,000 to support the tenant’s first month’s rent and one month security deposit. If the tenant does not find a new landlord who is willing to work with them within 60 days, then the voucher expires, and the tenant is no longer eligible for assistance. 

Program Documents

• Eviction Prevention Fund Program Overview
• Stipulation / Mediation Agreement Cover Letter for Attorneys 
Eviction Prevention Fund Flyer

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Tenant Resources
Landlord Verification Form
Zero Income Attestation 
Rental Arrearage Verification Form 
Landlord Resources 
Template of W9
Rental Arrearage Verification Form 
Rental Terms Agreement 
Appeal Process
Click here to submit an appeal for either the Eviction Prevention Fund or ERA2 application

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In addition to rental assistance provided by the Eviction Prevention Fund, the CT Department of Housing, also contracts with local social service providers to assist tenants with connections to other community programs that the household may find to be beneficial.  The services are referred to as the Homeless Prevention Program.   The goal is to assist the household with creating sustainable solutions for you and your family.  Some of the areas of support that the local providers can assist, but are not limited to, applications for entitlements (i.e. cash and SNAP benefits), applications for utility assistance, childcare resources, connections to employment assistance, housing search assistance, referrals for medical care, etc.  The provider works with each household to create a plan that addresses your specific needs.   Interventions will include initial and ongoing needs assessments, a minimum of monthly meetings, assistance with housing search if needed, and coordination with community resources. 

If you are interested in learning more about these services, please contact your local provider below:

Homeless Prevention Program Contact Info


Local Contacts
Friendship Service Center, Rayco Stephens, rstephens@fsc-ct.org
South Park Inn, Tracy Neals, tneals@southparkinn.org

Fairfield County
New Reach,  Allison Feeley, abassett@newreach.org, 203-314-2068

Always Home, MarlynnBenkermbenker@.org860-245-0222

Greater Hartford
South Park Inn, Luis Arzolalarzola@southparkinn.org860.724.0071 ext. 312

Greater New Haven
BHcare,  Bobbi Jo Evans, bevans@BHCare.org203-533-8456
New Reach,  Jocelyn Antunes, jantunes@newreach.org, 203-492-4866 x138

Middlesex Meriden Wallingford
New Opportunities,  Francis Santiago, fsantiago@NewOppInc.org, 203-639-5060 x404

New Opportunities, Tabitha Rodriguez trodriguez@newoppinc.org203-575-4397                                                                Shane’e Couture, scouture@newoppinc.org

Prime Time House, Adam Lytton, alytton@primetimehouse.org, 860-785-4475; 860-782-1957

Other Resources

Please consider working with other community stakeholders to help your household further the recovery from the pandemic:

• www.cthousingsearch.org
• www.affordablehousingonline.com
• www.gosection8.com