Rental rebate legislation

Region - posted Feb, 19 2014

REGION- State Rep. Danny Rovero (D-Killingly, Putnam, Thompson) has co-introduced legislation protecting the state’s Rental Rebate Program for elderly and disabled residents. HB 500 restores funding to the rental rebate program so that new applicants and previous recipients who failed to reapply are eligible for critical financial assistance. Connecticut currently provides a rental rebate assistance program for low income renters who are elderly or disabled. Rebates can be up to $900 for married couples or $700 for single persons. The rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and qualified utility payments made in the year prior to the calendar year in which the renter applies. However, the program was recently targeted by a provision that would disqualify anyone from future participation for failure to reapply to the program, even if they qualified the previous year. Application to the program must be made through the respective city or town in which a resident lives at either the town's Social Services Department, Elderly Services Center or the local assessor’s office.

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