HARTFORD — The state Department of Housing announced that it has waived its policy of waiting 30 days to implement an income change for the rental assistance program and federal section 8 vouchers and that it will allow more than 1,000 Connecticut residents participating in the state’s Energy Conservation Loan program to delay their payments for three months beginning immediately.

For the next 90 days, families already participating in the programs will have immediate adjustments for rental payment.

DOH has also increased its rapid exit and rapid rehousing funding by $735,000 to help individuals and families leave shelters and find permanent housing.

For homeless individuals over the age of 60, DOH has provided funding for 100 hotel rooms to serve 200 persons.

The goal of these hotel rooms is to separate those who are most at risk from communal living situations.

There is collaboration with other state agencies, the CAN system, hospitals, hotels and municipalities to ensure that there is enough shelter, isolation and quarantine space to help slow the spread of the virus.

Seila Mosquera-Bruno, commissioner of housing, said, “I’m aware that many individuals and families are going to be facing financial hardship due to the loss of jobs. By making the rental payment adjustments, I hope to ease that hardship. Our homeless population continues to be among those that are most vulnerable throughout the state, they remain a priority. We will continue to move as swiftly as possible to preserve the health and safety of those we serve in order to flatten the curve.”

The postponement of payment for the ECL program recognizes the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic associated with the coronavirus.

Capital for Change is Connecticut’s largest full-service community development financial institution.

Its programs and products broaden access to affordable housing, energy efficiency and job opportunities.

The ECL program has financed more than $100 million of energy conservation improvements for low and moderate-income single-family homeowners.

Active loans under the energy conservation loan program amount to approximately $5.3 million, with an average loan balance of more than $5,270.

An average participant will be able to save approximately $90 per month because of the deferment.

Commissioner Mosquera-Bruno explained, “We are doing all we can to ease the financial hardship that citizens of the state are going to face in these tough times. We are grateful that our vital partner, Capital for Change, is stepping up to the plate and exhibiting flexibility under these extraordinary circumstances. Thank you to Cal and the organization.”

She added, “As a financial institution, Capital for Change is regarded as an essential service. Most of our clients have relatively low incomes and would be most vulnerable during a time of economic downturn. As we work to maintain the safety of our staff and customers during this ongoing situation, many of our employees are working from home and response times may be slower than normal.”

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