Housing Resources

General Information, Help in a Crisis

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1 CT
  • Free community service, 24/7/365
  • You can call to speak with a specialist who will assess your needs and provide referrals to a variety of community resources
  • You can also search the online database of community services to find resources near you

Website contains links to:

  • Open Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists throughout CT
  • 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

2-1-1

1-800-203-1234 (available 24/7)

Click here for 2-1-1's website

Click here to determine what programs you may qualify for

Click here to visit the 2-1-1 website

Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund - Information and Referral Service
  • Free information and referral for family, employment, education, & civil rights law

1-860-524-0601 (in Greater Hartford)

1-800-479-2949 (Toll free in CT)

 

Affordable Housing

Resource Description Phone and Website
CT Housing Search
  • Free resource that allows you to easily search for housing and receive detailed rental listings
  • Provides tools such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibilities information
  • Provides links to other housing resources

1-877-428-8844 

Bilingual call center available M-F, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm ET

Click here
HUD Subsidized Apartment Search
  • Allows you to do a property 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

(202) 708-1112

Click here

To request a copy of HUD's Blue Book, click here

2-1-1 - List of Housing Authorities (statewide)
  • Provides a list and critical information for all Housing Authorities in Connecticut 

2-1-1

Click here

 

Applying for Rental Assistance

Resource Description Phone and Website
Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List Website
  • Website allows you to locate open Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting lists throughout CT, and register to receive automatic notice of the opening of waiting lists whenever they occur.

2-1-1

Click here

 

Buying a Home

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • List of resources including homebuyer and home purchase counseling

2-1-1

Click here

CT Housing Finance Authority
  • Provides resources for homebuyers including homebuyer education classes and a variety of mortgage products

(860) 721-9501

Click here

CT Housing Investment Fund
  • Provides information about loans for homebuyers and homeowners
  • Site also includes a Resource Room with helpful links 

(860) 233-5165

Click here

NeighborWorks America
  • Helps you find member organizations that offer homebuyer education, financial assistance, and lending targeted at first-time homebuyers
  • Directory on site allows you to find one near you

(202) 760-4000

Click here

 

Talking to a Housing Counselor

Resource Description Phone and Website
HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies
  • Provides a list of counselors near you who give advice on buying a home, defaults, foreclosures, credit issues, and reverse mortgage 
Click here

 

Avoiding Foreclosure

Resource Description Phone and Website
CT Department of Banking
  • Website includes a booklet describing all of the resources available to CT homeowners
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Assistance toll-free hotline

1-877-472-8313

Click here
CT Housing Finance Authority
  • Provides information about programs to help homeowners facing foreclosure, or call the customer call center 

(860) 571-3500

1-877-571-CHFA [2432]

Click here
CT Fair Housing Center
  • Presents monthly clinics for homeowners state-wide
  • Publishes a foreclosure guide

1-888-247-4401

Click here

Foreclosure Mediation Program
  • Information about program offered by State of CT Judicial Branch
  • Purpose of program is to assist homeowners and lenders achieve a mutually agreeable resolution to a mortgage foreclosure action through the mediation process.
Click here
Making Home Affordable
  • Provides 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 

Click here

 

Finding a Shelter

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • 2-1-1 oversees the Unified Intake process for most shelters in Connecticut
  • Domestic violence and runaway/youth shelters do not require you to call 2-1-1 in order to access them

2-1-1

Click here for a list of shelters to find one in your area

Click here to find a list of domestic violence shelters

Click here to find a list of runaway/youth shelters

Click here to find a list of homeless drop in centers

Click here to find a list of cold weather warming centers (list updated in cold weather - can take 24 hours to update, best to call 2-1-1 if you are in urgent need of a place to stay warm)

 

Utility or Energy Assistance

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • Provides a comprehensive list of the resources available

2-1-1

Click here

EnergizeCT
  • Provides links to energy assistance programs, a benefits calculator, and contacts for resolving utility problems to help consumers navigate the state’s energy-related resources. 

1-877-WISE USE (947-3873)

(state-wide toll-free Energy Information Line)

Click here
Operation Fuel
  • Provides cash assistance for heating expenses for households with incomes at or below 60% of the State Median Income guidelines who are in crisis

860-243-2345 x3302

List of Operation Fuel banks

 

Challenging Discrimination

Resource Description Phone and Website
CT Fair Housing Center
  • An organization which investigates complaints, offers information and advice, and provides legal assistance to victims of housing discrimination 

toll-free: 1-888-247-4401

Click here

CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
  • An organization which investigates, mediates, and litigates complaints of housing discrimination under CT’s Discriminatory Housing practices and the federal Fair Housing Act

toll free: 1-800-477-5737 x3403

Click here

 

Obtaining Legal Help/Tenants' Rights

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • Provides a comprehensive list of resources for a variety of potential legal issues faced by residents of Connecticut 

2-1-1

Click here

Statewide Legal Services of CT
  • Provides access to a library of self-help materials that address a variety of legal areas including family, consumer, elder, children, education, energy, and utilities

1-800-453-3320

(860) 344-0380 (Hartford and Middletown areas)

Click here

Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT
  • Provides access to a library of self-help materials that address a variety of legal areas including family, consumer, elder, children, education, energy, and utilities

(860) 278-5688

Click here
State of CT Judicial Branch

Publications on:

  • The Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants in CT
  • A Tenant’s Guide to Summary Process: Steps in an Eviction Action

Click here

CT Law Help
  • Provides information on the steps tenants should take if a landlord does not make repairs, including how to involve the court and what to expect from court processes
  • Housing page covers topics such as discrimination, foreclosure, landlord/tenant disagreements, security deposits, evictions, home ownership, and domestic violence and sexual harassment and assisted housing
  • Offers legal aid resources for people over 60 

860-344-0380 (Central CT & Middletown)

1-800-453-3320 from all other regions (Statewide Legal Services)

Click here 
Livable City Initiative, City of New Haven
  • Neighborhood focused agency which aims to enforce housing code
  • Offers information about the housing code process
  • New Haven residents can call office

(203) 946-7090

(203) 946-8386

For emergencies or after 5:00 pm or weekends, call (203) 946-6237

Click here  
Health Code Violations: Is Your Landlord Breaking the Law? (Apartment Ratings)
  • Article which provides information about types of health code violations, indications there are maintenance violations, and action steps to fix violations 
 
Click here

  

Bed Bugs

Resource Description Phone and Website
CT Coalition Against Bed Bugs
  • Provides general information on how to identify and deal with bed bugs 

(203) 974-8600 (Dr. Gale E. Ridge) 

Click here
State of CT Department of Public Health
  • Website includes a page on FAQs and information regarding pesticides  
  • Provides links to other resources 

(860) 509-7660

Click here

 

Transportation

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • Provides a list of resources available throughout the state, including medical appointment transportation, senior ride programs, community ride programs, disability related transportation, local bus and rail information, and much more

2-1-1

Click here

Travel Resources (CT Department of Transportation)
  • Provides travel resources on public transportation, travel safety, park and ride locations, and more

(860) 594-2000

Click here

CT Transit
  • Transportation resources including systems maps, transit providers, and information divided by geographic area in CT

(860) 522-8101

Click here

State of CT Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
  • Provides a comprehensive list of transportation agencies (and their contact information) which offer a variety of services to individuals with disabilities seeking reliable transportation

(800) 842-4510

Click here

 

Food Pantries

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • Provides a list of food pantries across the state

2-1-1

Click here

Text 211food to 898211 to receive a list of soup kitchens in your area

CT Alliance for Basic Human Needs
  • Newsletters lists farmers markets that accept SNAP

(860) 278-5688

Click here

 

Help for People with Disabilities

Resource Description Phone and Website
State of CT Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
  • Private agency which provides information, referral, and advocacy, services and pursues legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination

(860) 297-4300

Click here

CT Housing Search
  • Provides disability resources related to housing local and statewide 

Office: (704) 334-8722

Toll Free: 1-877-428-8844

Click here
CT Department of Social Services
  • Provides links to programs for people with disabilities

1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632) 

Click here

 

Tax Assistance/Financial Education

Resource Description Phone and Website
2-1-1
  • A list of Tax Preparation Assistance sites

2-1-1

Click here

CT Association for Human Services
  • A list of sites for tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income individuals and families
  • Volunteers prepare simple tax returns and screen customers for special tax credits

(860) 951-2212 ext. 230

Click here

CT Association for Human Services
  • CT Money School offers free financial education classes in greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford

(860) 951-2212, ext. 268

Click here
CT Association for Human Services
  • Asset Building Directory
Click here

 

For additional resources, call 2-1-1 or see this guide compiled by the Connecticut Association of Human Services. 

 

If you are part of a non-profit or agency that should be listed on this page, please e-mail ldabrowski@ctoca.org with the name of your organization, a brief description of services available, and a phone number and/or website.

 

  • Open Communities Alliance
  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-210
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040