& RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Homelessness comes in all sizes and shapes and can be found in the nooks and crannies of NECT. Many homeless people have jobs but don’t earn enough to maintain basic living expenses. Some suffer from mental health issues and addictions. A devastating event, like job loss, accident or health crisis, can turn a life upside down quickly.
Keeping families and individuals from becoming homeless is one of the ways we are able to help. Through grant funding from Eversource, the New London Telephone Employees CS Fund and the Town of Putnam, we are able to provide financial support for rent. Contact us at 860-928-0169 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for assistance.
For individuals who are homeless and living outside of a residential environment, we provide clothing, food, personal care items, sleeping bags and other supplies.
UniteCT is a new state program for renters and homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. It provides rental and utility assistance to approved Connecticut households. The program may give as much as $10,000 in rental assistance and up to $1,500 in electricity arrearage payments to landlords and utility companies, on behalf of qualified tenants. If you are a tenant or landlord you can apply and track your progress online. For assistance go online to https://portal.ct.gov/DOH/DOH/Programs/UniteCT or call 1-844-864-8328. You can also reach out to the Access Agency at 860-412-1600.
State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home may be eligible for this program. The renter’s rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) paid by the applicant during the calendar year prior to the year in which the renter applies.
Putnam residents can make an appointment with the Town Assessor’s Office to complete the application process to determine eligibility. This program begins in April and runs through September.
THE NORTHEASTERN HOMELESS CHARETTE
Along with TEEG and other service providers we have been working to educate, inform and provide solutions that address the issues of homelessness in NECT.
THE COLD WEATHER OVERNIGHT SHELTER
Working together with The Access Agency, TEEG, other service providers and individuals, we established The Cold Weather Overnight Shelter that is located in the St. Alban’s Community Room in Danielson, CT. The shelter is run by The Access Agency and has the ability to house up to 25 people during the Winter months of December-March. It is open from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am.