Checks in the mail for 50,000 CT renters
Updated 5:28 pm, Friday, December 1, 2017
About 50,000 checks for the state’s elderly rental-assistance program will be arriving in the mail over the next few days, the governor’s budget office announced Friday.
Some 8,000 checks per day — $900 for married couples and $700 for singles — have been sent out this week as part of the budget fix that lawmakers approved last month.
“We are pleased the Renter’s Rebate checks are going to start being delivered in the coming days,” said Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in a statement. “I thank the participants in the program for their patience, and I promise that we will continue to work diligently to ensure all payments are made to all qualified applicants as soon as possible.”
A drafting mistake in the bipartisan budget approved Oct. 31 put the $26.4 million fund in the OPM budget. Towns and cities would administer the program but they had no mechanism to transfer the money to their seniors living in apartments, rooms, cooperative housing and mobile homes.
Without a fix, Bridgeport would have had to pay $2.5 million out of its budget for the elderly. Lawmakers approved an amendment on November 16 and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy approved it a few days later.
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