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New Haven Announces Assistance for Renters, Homeowners Due to COVID-19

New Haven City Hall
NBC Connecticut

A new program is being created to help New Haven renters and homeowners dealing with housing insecurity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, HUD’s Regional Administrator David Tille, state, and local housing officials and stakeholders held a news conference to launch CASTLE, the City of New Haven’s Emergency Housing Response to help residents experiencing housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It stands for Coronavirus Assistance and Security Tenant Landlord Emergency Program.

“This collaborative program will provide New Haven tenants and homeowners with financial and technical resources to ease the burdens created by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide a sense of housing stability to our residents,” Elicker said in a statement. 

Tille called the program a model for other cities bracing for a possible wave of COVID-19 related evictions and foreclosures.

“The New Haven Emergency Housing Response Program shows what’s possible when city and community organizations collaborate with state and federal agencies to find resources and solutions to keep people stably housed. This program is just one example of how the more than $88 million in CARES Act funding that HUD has invested in Connecticut is making a difference,” he said in a statement.  

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, federal, state, and local housing officials will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. to launch CASTLE, the Coronavirus Assistance and Security Tenant Landlord Emergency Program, which local officials said is a new assistance program intended to help income-eligible New Haven renters and homeowners mitigate the risk of eviction and or foreclosure.

The program includes direct financial support and a hotline that renters and homeowners can call to get help assessing state and local housing programs.

“Keeping people in their homes has the added benefit of shoring up the local housing market,” New Haven Economic Development Administrator Michael Piscitelli said in a statement. “Rental housing is a vital element of the local economy, and the tax revenue generated by homeowners is essential to New Haven’s fiscal health.”

For more information on the program, call the Livable Cities Initiative at 203-946-7090.

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