A person renting an apartment or a room in a dwelling may be eligible for a partial rebate of rent and utility bills if:
The renter and/or spouse is at least 65 years old as of December 31, 2018 OR is totally disabled and receiving benefits under a federal, state or local retirement program comparable to those of the Social Security Administration.
Applicant may have rented elsewhere in Connecticut for all or some portion of the year proceeding the year of filing, but must file in the town in which they reside, during the filing period.
Income limits are determined annually by the State of Connecticut. For the 2019 application period, 2018 “income” is defined as income from all sources, including tax-exempt interest and Social Security. The income limits for 2018 are $43,900 for married and $36,000 for single applicants. If you are on the Homeowners Program with the tax assessor you may not apply for Renters Rebate.
The Program runs between April 1 and October 1. Applicants must bring: proof of rent and utilities paid during the preceding calendar year, original or copies of their federal income tax (if filed) and their SSA-1099. If taxes are not filed, statements of all income sources (pensions, interest income, etc.) must be provided.
Please call Westbrook Social Services for an appointment and a list of needed documents - 860-399-3090.