The Greenwich Dept of Human Services has temporarily increased the eligibility requirements for rent assistance funds for local Greenwich residents impacted by Covid-19.
The Dept of Human Services rent assistance annual income eligibility is currently $91,300 for a family of four, with no more than $3,000 in assets. Assistance is also available for smaller and larger households and is reflective of HUD income limits.
A range of assistance is available depending on need and is on a case-by-case basis that ranges from $500 to $4,200 per household. To apply for assistance, families must be impacted by COVID-19, whether through illness, loss of job/income or the need to care for family members, and can contact the Greenwich Department of Human Services at 203-622-3800 or by email at [email protected]. A list of eligible income levels is available on GDHS’s website at greenwichhumanservices.org.
“We have seen families in Greenwich who have been impacted by COVID or its ramifications, struggle to pay their rent in recent months,” said Demetria Nelson, commissioner of Human Services with the Greenwich Department of Human Services. “GDHS is in a position to help and many don’t realize that they may be eligible for assistance. If you are struggling to pay rent and make ends meet, we urge you to contact our department to see how we can help.”
The Greenwich Dept of Human Services serves as a community bridge and provides direct services to the essential resources of the community. The Dept of Human Services provides Greenwich residents and their families in need of basic human services support, helps respond to crisis situations and provides information and referral assistance. They also assists with applying for federal, state and local benefits including Husky, Social Security, Workman’s Compensation, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, Snap, WIC and subsidized housing.
The Dept of Human Services provides referrals for food and clothing, Salvation Army assistance, assistance with community gifts , behavioral health, personal safety, education and employment, energy assistance, utility shut off prevention and mediation, English as a second language classes (ESL) and protective service referrals. The Dept of Human Services runs the community programs, i.e., Campership – a camp scholarship program for children 5-14 years old, Boots & Shoes for children ages 5-14 years old, Holiday Aid, Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center (BANC) After School Program, Greenwich Youth Conservation Program, and Greenwich Youth Corp.; offers Homecare Services; assists with applying for Energy Assistance Programs such as the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, Operation Fuel Program, Renters Rebate Program (seniors 65+ and disabled); and administers the Community Partnership Program that grants funds to partner agencies whose services and programs strengthen the community’s capacity in providing basic human services.
The Dept of Human Services staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and evenings by appointment. Bilingual staff are available. All services are confidential.