There is a waiting list for program. The waiting list for RAP is currently closed. The waiting list only opens to new applications when most people on the list have been served.
The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is a state-funded program that helps families with low-incomes afford safe housing in the private market. It is very similar to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). Eligible participants who receive RAP certificates are free to choose their own rental housing, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes. Certificates are issued by a local housing authority.
Once approved, the local housing authority determines a maximum allowable rent, which limits the amount of rent a tenant may pay after signing a lease with their landlord. The maximum allowable rent is generally calculated based on the amount needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling in the local housing market.
Recipients of RAP certificates have the freedom to choose the rental housing and location which best suits their needs. Housing units must meet the quality and safety standards outlined by the local housing authority before the residence can be approved.
The local housing authority pays a rent subsidy to the landlord on behalf of the family, who may have to pay the difference between the rent charged and the subsidy. The family must pay 40% of their monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities in addition to any outstanding amounts if the unit rent is greater than the payment standard. This means that the tenant’s rent payment equals the household’s monthly income multiplied by 40%. For older adults and people with disabilities, the recipient has to pay 30% of their monthly income.
Recipients of RAP certificates are allowed to move within Connecticut and continue receiving housing support as long as the local housing authority is properly notified in advance, the existing rental agreement has been terminated, and the recipient finds acceptable alternate housing.