Homeless Prevention Program
Effective Monday, June 7, 2021, UniteCT’s application portal will be the only state-sponsored access point for rental assistance intended for tenants experiencing financial hardship. 2-1-1 will no longer be the initial point of contact for the Homeless Prevention Program.
As DOH implements this transition phase over the next few weeks, please keep in mind the following:
- UniteCT has a specialized team of staff who are dedicated to reviewing applications for tenants who have received a Notice to Quit. The intent of the Eviction Prevention Specialist Team is to prioritize time sensitive referrals needing financial/rental assistance.
- HPP staff will continue to work with households currently enrolled in HPP to ensure continuity of service. Households currently enrolled will continue to be offered financial/rental assistance as planned in conjunction with their HPP contact.
- HPP staff will be transitioning to a Navigation role to assist UniteCT households who are most at risk of entering the homeless service system. These referrals will be made by staff at the UniteCT Resource Centers. The goal is to assist with referrals to community programs and create housing plans to create housing stability.
- UniteCT funding will continue to be available to households. The maximum will be $15,000.
- ESG-CV financial assistance funding will continue to be eligible for tenants who are ineligible for UniteCT, but who continue to meet eligibility for ESG-CV funds. For example, if the tenant is not eligible for UniteCT because of no COVID-19 economic hardship, but meets all other ESG-CV criteria, they would be able to access ESG-CV financial assistance. This eligibility includes
- Households who have an annual gross income of less than 50% of AMI based on geographic region.
- The household is facing the threat of losing their residence as evidenced by:
- Notice or record of nonpayment of rent as of March 1, 2020 or thereafter AND
- A Notice to Quit issued for occurrence of nonpayment
- The household is not protected under the current limitations of Connecticut’s eviction moratorium because
- The household owes rent from before March of 2020;
- The household owes six months’ rent or more that was due on or after March 1, 2020.
- The household does not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g. family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from becoming literally homeless.
Please continue to access the most current updates on website: UniteCT - Emergency Rental Assistance for Connecticut's Economy.