WHAT IS THE SECURITY DEPOSIT GUARANTEE PROGRAM?
For eligible households, the Security Deposit Guarantee Program provides a guarantee to landlords of up to two month's rent instead of an actual payment.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE SECURITY DEPOSIT GUARANTEE PROGRAM?
Two groups of income-eligible persons can apply. The first includes persons who hold a Section 8 voucher or DSS rent subsidy (e.g. RAP, T-RAP) certificate newly issued while the applicant was on the waiting list of DSS or a housing authority. [ DSS has suspended indefinitly intake for this group.] The second includes income-eligible households (of one or more individuals living together as a unit) which reside in an emergency shelter or in emergency housing in CT. Emergency housing means a temporary residential facility, such as a hotel, motel, hospital, residential treatment facility, prison, alternative incarceration center, convalescent care center, state institution, or shelter for victims of domestic violence. Emergency housing also includes the private residence of a friend or relative which temporarily shelters households displaced within the past 45 days due to an eviction, catastrophic event, or domestic violence.
Also included are those who cannot remain in permanent housing because they:
have had one of several types of legal judgments entered against them (see your local DSS office for specific details).
have left housing to escape domestic violence.
have been displaced by a catastrophic event or other circumstance which has made their previous housing uninhabitable.
share an apartment with a leaseholder who is being evicted or who is engaged in criminal activity.
have been illegally locked out.
live with a tenant who received a notice to quit due to termination of a rental agreement for lapse of time.
have relocated because a child in the family has been found to have an abnormally high level of lead in her/his blood.
Also included are those served a notice to quit in a summary process action.
HOW & WHERE DOES A HOUSEHOLD APPLY FOR THE SECURITY DEPOSIT GUARANTEE PROGRAM?
Application forms are available at each local DSS office. Information for all adults in a household must be included on the application. If the household is staying at an emergency homeless shelter or a domestic violence shelter, they may apply there.
WHAT ARE THE INCOME ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SECURITY DEPOSIT GUARANTEE PROGRAM?
To be eligible for the program, an applicant must meet one of the following conditions:
1) the applicant is a current recipient of some form of welfare, including Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), Diversion, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA), General Assistance (GA), Refugee Assistance, Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD), or Food Stamps, Safety Net, or Medicaid, or
2) the annual gross income of the applicant household does not exceed 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (see your local DSS office for specific details).
HOW ARE BENEFITS PAID?
There is an agreement with the landlord that DSS will guarantee payment of the agreed-upon security deposit, in part or in whole, if the tenant moves out of the apartment and there is any damage caused by the tenant which requires repair, or if the tenant owes back rent. The landlord must submit a claim for payment within 30 days after the family moves out of the unit.