State Receives Half A Billion Dollars for Housing Choice Vouchers

CT NEWS JUNKIE | By: Jamil Ragland

HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut’s congressional delegation announced this week that the state would receive over $535 million from the federal government to help provide housing choice vouchers Connecticut residents in the face of an ongoing housing crisis.

“Federal Housing Choice Vouchers are a lifeline to vulnerable families and individuals through access to stable, affordable housing. The research shows these children have higher educational outcomes,” said Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-CT. “This monumental investment in Connecticut public housing authorities will ensure more families have the stability of having a roof over their heads.” 

Advocates called for a $16 million increase to the program at the beginning of this year’s legislative session, but did not receive the funding they requested. The gap between the availability of rental assistance and the need is vast; according to data from the Partnership for Strong Communities, Connecticut only has 6,500 active housing vouchers, which covers only 5% of the need. The demand for the vouchers is so great that the state has only opened the RAP waiting list twice in the last 17 years.

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