State accepting applications for emergency rental assistance

Published on Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:30
Written by Erica Drzewiecki

@drzewieckiNBH

Do you live in or own an apartment that you can no longer afford after experiencing hardship over the last year related to the covid-19 pandemic?

The State of Connecticut is now accepting applications for its new $235 million emergency rental assistance program, UniteCT.

Eligible participants include landlords and tenants who have qualified for unemployment, experienced a financial hardship due to covid-19, incurred significant costs, or experienced a reduction in household income. Households at risk of homelessness are also qualified.

Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu urged city residents in need to apply for the program.

“The program is aimed to help people who have been financially impacted by the pandemic to stay current on their rent and utility bills,” Zoppo-Sassu said in a press release over the weekend. “The intent of the program is to help stabilize the state’s rental housing market and the support applies to both landlords and tenants.”

The UniteCT Mobile Bus will be at Bristol’s Youth and Community Services building at 51 High St. this Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist interested applicants. People can make an appointment beforehand to step on the bus and complete the required paperwork and have their questions answered. Walk-ins are permitted, but people who have appointments will be prioritized, according to program representatives.

The city's Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services department is helping to guide residents through the timeline and application process. The program is being facilitated by the CT Department of Housing (DOH). Funds are expected to be distributed by December.

For more information, visit https://portal.ct.gov/DOH/DOH/Programs/UniteCT/FAQ. To book a Mobile Bus appointment, call Bristol Community Services Coordinator Aubrey Minkler at 860- 314-4690 or email her at Aubreyminkler@bristolct.gov.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:30. Updated: Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:32.