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CT Implements Earned Income Disregard for RAPs & Section 8

31 August 2011

The State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) has implemented a Earned Income Disregard program for people with disabilities who meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition of disabled family and who live in certain types of subsidized housing.

Typically, residents with certain DSS and/or HUD subsidies pay 30% of their income towards rent, with a subsidy assisting them with the rest. When a tenant of family member has an increase in their monthly income, including increases from earned income or wages, their tenant share of rent goes up.

DSS’s Earned Income Disregard in Connecticut is modeled after HUD’s national program, in which public housing authorities and managers of certain types of housing programs disregard earnings from employment for the first year a resident is employed and count only half of earnings during the second year of employment when determining monthly rental payments.

The program is meant allow tenants to work without an immediate increase in rent, to incentivize them and assist persons with disabilities to obtain and retain employment as an important step toward economic self-sufficiency.

Disabled residents who live in the following types of DSS-subsidized or HUD-subsidized housing may be eligible for the Earned Income Disregard:

  • CT Rental Assistance Program (RAP) subsidized apartment
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (not project-based Section 8)

For more information about this program, contact Mary Cattanach, DSS at (860) 424-5860 or