A person renting an apartment or a room in a dwelling may be eligible for a partial rebate of rent and utility (excluding telephone and cable) bills if:
The renter and/or spouse is at least 65 years old as of December 31 preceding the filing period OR is at least 50 and the widow/widower of a previously approved applicant OR is totally disabled and receiving benefits under a federal, state, or local retirement program which contains requirements comparable to those of the Social Security Administration.
Applicant may have rented elsewhere in Connecticut for all or some portion of the year preceding the year of filing but must file in the town in which they reside during the filing period.
Income limits are determined annually by the State of Connecticut. "Income" is defined as income from all sources, including tax-exempt interest and Social Security. For the 2023 application period, 2022 income from all sources is considered. The income limits for 2022 are $49,100 for married and $40,300 for single applicants, the same as for the Homeowners' Program. These income limits are adjusted each year.
Applications must be filed with the Wolcott Assessor's Office between April 1 and October 1. Applicants must bring: Proof of rent and utilities paid during the preceding calendar year, original or copies of their federal income tax (if filed), and their SSA-1099. If taxes are not filed, statements of all income sources (pensions, interest income, etc.) must be provided. Applications for rent rebates must be filed annually.