Connecticut

  • State Data Overview

    Across Connecticut, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    147,514
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    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $29,480
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -86,836
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $54,956
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    64%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Tori Bourret

    202.662.1530 x244 | [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Tori Bourret with any questions.

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    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Florence Villano
    Executive Director
    Affordable Housing Alliance of Connecticut
    860-563-2943 ext. 12
    F[email protected]


    Jude Carroll
    Community Development Specialist
    Affordable Housing Alliance of Connecticut
    860-563-2943 ext. 15 
    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Seila Mosquera-Bruno
    Commissioner
    Connecticut Department of Housing
    860-270-8236
    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Michael Santoro

    Director, Office of Policy, Research, and Housing

    860-270-8171

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Connecticut Department of Housing


    NHTF-specific page

    Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP)

    Annual Action Plans

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Connecticut (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Connecticut (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Connecticut and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Connecticut and Nationwide

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  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.  


    Governor Lamont announced $10 million rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19, administered through the Department of Housing, which will provide payments to landlords on behalf of approved tenant applicants, with a priority on lower-income households who have been denied unemployment insurance; $5 million for eviction prevention to help renters who were in the process of eviction before the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency;$4 million in rapid rehousing funds to help people pay costs like security deposits and initial rent to exit homelessness to housing, administered by the Department of Housing; $2.5 million rental assistance program for those who are ineligible for emergency assistance through the federal CARES Act, including those who are undocumented, administered by the Department of Housing; and $1.8 million in funding for reentry and rehousing assistance for people exiting incarceration, administered by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness https://tinyurl.com/yc32y9en

    Updated on July 6, 2020.


    Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order allocating $3 million in state funds to be used for short-term rental and mortgage assistance for Coloradans struggling to stay housed during the pandemic. https://tinyurl.com/y93flo2j

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    Garfield CountyGarfield County commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to approve a transfer of $500,000 of emergency funds to the Department of Human Services for Garfield County’s Emergency General Assistance program, which can cover rent, utilities, transportation, food, and some personal needs.https://tinyurl.com/ycog4fxm
    BreckenridgeThe town of Breckenridge is providing $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief, aiming to aid affected small businesses as well as individuals. The program will provide rent relief as well as guidance for accessing other resources and assistance, such as help applying for unemployment and other government programs.https://tinyurl.com/ydckfvw2
    AuroraThe city of Aurora has established a new program, funded through the House Aurora Partnership and Community Development Block Grants, offers up to two months of rental payments to qualifying residents.https://tinyurl.com/ya35bukh
    Vail ValleyThe Vail Valley Salvation Army was awarded $25,000 from US BANK for its COVID-19 response fund supporting relief and recovery efforts. They will use the funds to support a program that provides emergency rent assistance to those in need in the community.https://tinyurl.com/y8qj5fnx

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time. 

    Connecticut housing advocates say that the $10 million allocated for a temporary rental assistance program is insufficient to meet the overwhelming need. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center estimates that the state will need between $100-150 million to assist everyone facing eviction and homelessness. 

    Updated on August 4, 2020.


    Connecticut housing advocates expect a flood of eviction notices as the federal eviction moratorium and enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    Federal funding has been extended through the end of July to allow individuals experiencing homelessness who are temporarily residing at a Danbury hotel to stay longer as officials work to find them permanent housing. Connecticut plans to use approximately $4 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to move people into apartments and provide case management. An additional $472,000 will be prioritized to support people experiencing homelessness with disabilities. 

    The New Haven Board of Alders unanimously approved the city’s plan to allocate over $5 million in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV), and Housing Opportunities for People with Aids (HOPWA) funds toward rapid rehousing, rent and utility support, food and basic needs assistance, and other social services. 

    Updated on July 13, 2020.


    Governor Ned Lamont announced on June 29 a plan to allocate more than $33 million in state and federal resources to provide assistance for renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by COVID-19. In addition to these funds, larger Connecticut cities received $10 million in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV). The Connecticut Department of Housing is encouraging those municipalities to allocate some of the ESG-CV funds to provide rent arrearage assistance.

    Updated on July 7, 2020.


    $14 million statewide campaign to move approximately 1,800 people experiencing homelessness currently living in hotels and shelters into apartments by September is one of Connecticut’s biggest emergency housing initiatives. Connecticut will use federal funds to sign leases and move people into apartments. The Connecticut Department of Housing is also considering purchasing three or four hotels in foreclosure as emergency housing, and after COVID-19 ends, the properties could be converted into permanent housing.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.


    The city of New Haven announced on June 15 that Columbus House, in partnership with the Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network, has housed more than 100 people who were experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. “What COVID-19 has shown us is a reminder that housing is health care. If people are housed, they are safer, and our community is safer. We must not forget this when the pandemic is over,” said Cathleen Meaden, the director of housing services at Columbus House.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    Housing and homelessness advocates in Connecticut are working to find permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness as the temporary housing acquired due to the pandemic are set to expire at the end of June. The goal is to find permanent housing for 1,000 people in the next 120 days. 

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    WSHU discussed affordable housing advocates’ concerns about the pandemic’s impact on affordable housing development in Connecticut. Advocacy groups are calling for additional federal and state assistance to support affordable housing construction.


    Yale students, faculty, and alumni are demanding that the university converts unused facilities into emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Read the sign on letter here.
     
    Connecticut legislators responded to questions asked by University of Connecticut students this weekend. When students raised concerns about people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19, Representative Gregory Haddad (D-CT) responded that the state has identified additional housing opportunities in motels across Connecticut.

    New Haven

    New Haven is establishing a drop-in resource center for people experiencing homelessness who are in encampments during the coronavirus pandemic.

    An individual experiencing homelessness was reported as positive for COVID-19 in New Haven. The individual was ordered to be quarantined in the diagnosing hospital but left the building against hospital guidance. Police found the man after subsequently detaining a different individual experiencing homelessness by mistake. He is currently being held under police guard somewhere in Milford, Connecticut.

    New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker’s recent decision to open a 75-bed facility at Career High School to accommodate homeless people infected with COVID-19 was a first step to fighting the spread. But repeated failed negotiations to shelter in hotels to those ousted from another emergency shelter, giving them a safe place to physically distance, has left homeless individuals in New Haven with 140 fewer available spaces for sheltering.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    Under the governor's executive order, landlords cannot give tenants notice to quit; new eviction cases cannot be filed; judgments cannot be issued; and law enforcement cannot remove you from your home. These protections are in place until Aug. 25, but landlords can begin serving notices to quit on Aug. 22 because CT law allows proceedings to begin 3 days after notice is issued.  These protections to all tenants, except in cases of 1) extreme nuisance or 2) tenant was behind on rent before Feb. 29. For those who were behind on rent before Feb. 29, eviction proceedings could have begun on July 1, but the Connecticut Superior Court has issued several stays on evictions, the most recent of which expires Sept. 1. This court order extends the statewide moratorium for all tenants until Sept. 1. 

    Updated on August 1, 2020.


    A Connecticut-based housing lawyer predicts there will double or triple the normal number of evictions in the coming months. The rise in evictions will disproportionately impact people of color: 70% of Black families rent compared to 30% of white families. 894 evictions have already been filed in Connecticut since the pandemic started.

    In the third week of July, one in four adults in Connecticut reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 95,781 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Fairfield CountyThe number of households at risk of housing instability is estimated to have doubled in Fairfield County, from 21,500 to 41,200. July 26

    Updated: July 29


    140,000 Connecticut tenants weren’t able to cover their June rent. 75% of those tenants are people of color. According to a weekly survey by the Census, 28% of adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment. 

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb