COVID-19 Rental Assistance

UniteCT is a response to the housing issues associated with the onset of COVID-19. The Department of Treasury has made over $25 billion available to assist households in the US that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to COVID-19. Connecticut has received $235 million dollars, and will allocate these funds to eligible individuals and households.
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Assistance is dependent on the continued availability of funds in the program


  • Total Rental Assistance (Arrears and Prospective) may be provided for a maximum of 12 months. An additional three months may be available to certain households experiencing extenuating circumstances
  • Total amount of assistance may not exceed 15 total months
  • Total Rental Assistance (Arrears and Prospective) is capped at $10,000; Landlords must forgive 15% of arrearage
  • Up to six months may be requested for outstanding rental and/or utility arrears. The six-month window begins retrospectively from the date of application
  • Rental arrears must be addressed by the program in some manner prior to receiving funds for prospective rents
  • Prospective rental assistance will be issued as a single lump sum payment to eligible landlords covering a three-month period

“We got Full approved $4000 was added to my tenant ledger!

Thank you for all your assistance!”

“I know that only doing your job, but I thank you for the effort you put into it to make this happen for me.

I am very grateful and appreciative.”

I truly hope all is well.  First I’d like to thank you so much for all of your help with this process.  I was approved and my landlord has received payment.

I wanted to thank you for being so helpful and nice!
Thank you very very very much!


To be eligible, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Be a permanent or primary resident of the State of Connecticut
  • Demonstrate need for assistance at the time of or prior to application as reflected by the eligibility criteria set forth below
  • Meet the definition of “eligible household”
  • Complete the online application in full and upload all necessary supporting documentation

An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which one or more individuals meets all of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Certifies household income at or below 80% of the HUD Area Median Income (AMI)

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