HOUSING HELP

If you need help and do not know where to go, 2-1-1 is a good place to start. Unfortunately, the Connecticut Housing Coalition is not able to provide direct services to individuals. To make it easier for you to get the assistance you need, we have put together these resource lists.

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2-1-1 is a free community service administered by the United Way of Connecticut. It is supported by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways. You can search the online database of community services or call 2-1-1 or 1-800-203-1234 for information or help in a crisis. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

2-1-1 Housing Resources

This section of the 2-1-1 web site contains links to:

  • Open Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists throughout Connecticut
  • 2-1-1′s Community Resources Database of low-cost housing options
  • e-Library Papers on a wide range of housing topics, such as avoiding foreclosure and landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities

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Find Affordable Housing CTHousingSearch.org, a housing locator service funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. You can access the service online 24 hours a day or by calling 1-877-428-8844 M-F, 9-8 EST. The site:

  • Allows you to easily search for housing and receive detailed rental listings
  • Provides helpful tools such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibilities information
  • Connects you to other housing resources through website links
HUD Subsidized Apartment Search to find apartments that have received funds to provide lower rents for low-income tenants. You can find apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for families and individuals.
Public Housing Agency Websites (HUD) for a listing of housing authorities that own and manage subsidized housing and administer Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs.
Supportive Housing Database, a searchable directory of supportive housing options in Connecticut and Rhode Island developed by Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Apply for Rental Assistance Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Web Site to locate open Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting lists throughout Connecticut, and register to receive automatic notice of the opening of waiting lists whenever they occur.
Know Your Rights State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Publications:

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Buy a Home Homebuyer Programs from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) that include counseling classes and a variety of mortgage products.
Connecticut Housing Investment Fund (CHIF) to learn about loans for homebuyers and homeowners. The site includes a Resource Room with helpful links.
NeighborWorks® to find member organizations that offer homebuyer education, financial assistance and lending targeted at first-time homebuyers. Use the Lookup feature on this site to find one near you.
Connecticut CDFI Alliance to find member organizations that offer loans and other types of financial aid to homebuyers and homeowners. Some also offer education and counseling.
Talk to a Housing Counselor HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies to find a counselor near you who can provide advice on buying a home, defaults, foreclosures, credit issues, and reverse mortgage
Avoid Foreclosure Avoiding Foreclosure, a booklet describing all of the resources available to Connecticut homeowners, and the Mortgage Foreclosure Assistance toll-free hotline, 1-877-472-8313, are available through the Connecticut Department of Banking.
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Programs To Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure, or call the Customer Call Center at (860) 571-3500 or toll-free: 1-877-571-CHFA [2432].
Foreclosure Mediation Program to assist homeowners and lenders achieve a mutually agreeable resolution to a mortgage foreclosure action through the mediation process, or call (860) 263-2734.
MakingHomeAffordable.gov for information about refinancing and loan modification options available under the Home Affordable Refinance Program, or contact the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline: 1-888-995-HOPE.

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Find a Shelter Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness for listings of emergency shelters and transitional housing in the Publications and Resources sections of their site.
Get Utility or Energy Assistance Connecticut Department of Social Services Energy Assistance for programs to help households with their heating bills and in conserving energy. Contact your local community action agency, or call the winter heating aid hotline at 1-800-842-1132.
CTEnergyInfo Energy Assistance for links to assistance programs, a benefits calculator, and contacts for resolving utility problems to help consumers navigate the state’s energy-related resources. Call state-wide toll-free Energy Information Line, 1-877-WISE USE (947-3873).
Challenge Discrimination Connecticut Fair Housing Center, which can investigate complaints, offer information and advice, and provide legal assistance to victims of housing discrimination. Call toll-free: 1-888-247-4401.
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities  investigates, mediates and litigates complaints of housing discrimination under Connecticut’s Discriminatory Housing Practices and the federal Fair Housing Act. Call toll free (CT) 1-800-477-5737 extension 3403.
Obtain Legal Help Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, a free legal aid telephone hotline for very low income people with noncriminal legal problems. Some of the problems they can talk to you about include family, employment, benefits (like social security, welfare and medical), and housing. To apply for assistance, call the Hotline at 1-800-453-3320 or from Middletown and Hartford areas, call (860) 344-0380.
Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut to access a library of Self-Help Materials that address a variety of legal areas including family, public benefits, housing, consumer, elder, children, education, energy and utilities.