EVICTION PREVENTION PROGRAM/FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM

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The following is summarized from the State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services: Eviction Prevention Program Regulations.

WHAT IS THE EVICTION PREVENTION PROGRAM/FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM?

The Eviction Prevention Program/Foreclosure Prevention Program (EFPP), also known as the Housing Mediation and Rent Bank Program, assists low and moderate income residents who are at risk of homelessness due to inability to pay their back rent or past due mortgage. The program attempts to prevent litigation, eviction, or foreclosure through assessment, mediation, conflict resolution, and the use of a rent bank. Clients may receive assistance from the rent bank once in an 18-month period, and the maximum amount they receive is $1000. The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) administers the Eviction Prevention Program/Foreclosure Prevention Program in partnership with 14 private nonprofit community-based social service agencies. Community Mediation serves as the program's lead agency, providing training and technical assistance to other agencies and DSS.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR EVICTION PREVENTION PROGRAM/FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM?

People seeking EFPP assistance must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Resident of Connecticut experiencing a non-recurring, unexpected, documented hardship;
  • MUST have received a notice to quit or notice of foreclosure;
  • Income must be at or below 60% of the state median income;
  • Monthly rent/mortgage cannot exceed 60% of gross monthly income;
  • Must be able to document a severe hardship which is not chronic or recurring;
  • Landlord or mortgage holder must be willing to cooperate with mediation process;
  • Other restrictions may apply
The amount of arrearage is one factor that will determine the amount of the grant; it is possible that people with very large arrearages may not be able to be helped. This is not an entitlement program.

The Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut (LARC) offers multiple resources that provide information about the eviction process and Tenant Rights:  http://ctlawhelp.org/self-help-guides/housing/evictions
These are also available in print from the legal aid agencies that serve your community.

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:

Search by program name: Eviction Prevention Program/Foreclosure Prevention Program (EFPP)

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SOURCES:Community Mediation: Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention; LARC (Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut)

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