MAYOR HARP WELCOMES GOVERNOR MALLOY FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF STATE’S EXPANDED RENTERS’ REBATE PROGRAM
(7/8/2014) New Haven — Mayor Toni N. Harp today welcomed Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman to New Haven, where the governor announced a $6.5 million program to expand Connecticut’s Elderly Renters’ Rebate Program for low-income and disabled residents. Also present for today’s announcement were Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D-New Haven) Senator Andres Ayala (D-Bridgeport), co-chair of the legislature’s Committee on Aging, and state Department on Aging Acting Commissioner Margaret Gerundo-Murkette.
The program investment announced today amounts to an expansion of over 30%, and will allow tens of thousands of renters statewide to receive the rebate. The program allows single persons and married couples who are elderly or permanently disabled with incomes of under $34,100 and $41,600, respectively, to receive rebates of up to $900 per year.
Mayor Harp said the impact of the expansion will help income-eligible residents in New Haven’s housing market, where the program helped nearly 5,000 residents in 2011. The mayor noted that New Haven currently has a two percent housing vacancy rate; the resulting, increased demand has contributed to higher rents for some tenants. Senior citizens comprise the fastest growing demographic group in Connecticut, which makes assistance to them particularly important.
“This program provides invaluable assistance to those in our community who have the greatest need and I encourage all those who think they might be eligible to submit an application for this modest rebate,” Mayor Harp said. “Eligible residents must be 65 years old as of December 23, 2013 or be deemed totally disabled by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA). Eligible residents should call one of the city’s three senior centers to schedule an appointment for filing an application.”
Governor Malloy said, “With our elderly population continuing to grow, it is critical for us to take the necessary steps now to meet the needs of Connecticut’s seniors. This includes providing senior citizens with the right amount of support to give them access to a living situation that is safe, decent, and affordable. This initiative will help make it possible for thousands of senior citizens and residents with disabilities to afford to stay in their communities and live with dignity, security, and independence.”
The Elderly Renters Rebate Program has been assisting older Connecticut residents since 1974, and eligible persons may apply between April 1st and October 1st with the New Haven Community Services Administration. While extensions can be granted due to extenuating circumstances, the initial inquiry must be made between April and October. Residents interested in more information can do so by calling the statewide hotline at (860) 418-6377.
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