Unite CT helps renters who earn up to 80% of the HUD's Area Median Income (AMI). During COVID-19, the organization provides up to $15,000 for both rent and electricity to qualified households. Funding is providee by the United States Treasury and administered by the Department of Housing through UniteCT.
Since there is no end date for this program, assistance will be available until all funds have been committed.
According to Governor Ned Lamont, "The pandemic exacerbated a national housing affordability crisis."
UniteCT Electricity Assistance
Eligibile renters with overdue or unpaid electricity bills can receive funding for their Eversource or UI (United Illuminating) accounts. Benefits are awarded up to $1500.
Both tenants and landlords can apply online for rental assistance through UniteCT. They can also use this system to check on their application status.
Getting help for rental assistance can also be achieved through:
- local community partners
- a call center
- housing counseling agencies
According to State Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera Bruno, the goal of UniteCTs "is to help stabilize Connecticut's rental housing market." The Governor hopes that the program will help families get back on their feet without having to worry about their housing.