Help with rent in Bridgeport and Fairfield County Connecticut.

Get rental assistance in Fairfield County, including the cities of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford Connecticut. The leading non-profit organizations, government agencies, churches, and programs that can help with paying rent and preventing evictions are listed below.

In addition to the emergency rental assistance offered by the agencies, many provide more general housing services. Such as information on low income housing, referrals to local charities, mortgage and foreclosure counseling, security deposit grants, and free eviction prevention services. Counselors can often times help with landlord/tenant mediation.

It is important to call and apply for help early, before being served with an eviction notice. Find a listing of Bridgeport and Fairfield programs that can help pay rent below.

Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) is the local Fairfield County community action agency that offers rent, housing, and other financial assistance. The programs they administer are focused on bringing the working poor and those in poverty into the mainstream and assisting them over the long term. So assistance is offered both for short term hardships, and counseling is provided to deal with longer term concerns.

The rental payment program they run for the low income provides a limited amount of financial assistance towards a security deposit or first months rent. Additional payments may be made for individuals or families who can show they are qualified to sustain an apartment or home over the short to mid term. Address is 1070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Connecticut. Phone (203) 366-8241, or more information on Action for Bridgeport Community Development assistance programs.

Several churches operate in the Danbury Connecticut area. They are part of the Association of Religious Communities. These religious organizations have limited funding and it is only for Danbury and Greater Danbury tenants. The low income can apply to them for small dollar amount of financial help with paying security deposits. Other assistance may in fact be offered too, including refugee programs and utilities assistance. Call (203) 792-9450.





A non-profit known as FSW, which has an office on 475 Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport, runs a couple different rent and housing programs. Some are focused on providing free foreclosure prevention. However the service in highest demand is emergency rent assistance. They focus aid on individuals and families in Fairfield County who have eviction notices. Call (203) 368-4291

City of Bridgeport Health and Social Services can be reached at (203) 332-3028. This is the local government agency. They have information on and administer various government assistance programs, including those from the state of Connecticut and the federal government. For example, they administer the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program, and also have information on Section 8 housing vouchers in Connecticut. The vast majority of aid is targeted at those applicants who are at imminent risk of homelessness. For example, the applicant needs to be imminently at risk of becoming homeless within the next 6-15 days. They are given priority.

Bridge Fund Loan Program is part of the Homelessness Prevention And Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). This was created from federal government stimulus funds. Funds can be used to pay rent for up to 18 months. Qualified applicants can also get money for paying security deposits, moving cost assistance, credit repair, and even financial assistance for paying energy bills and utility deposits. Call (203) 366-2809





Connecticut Social Services - Western Regional Office, Bridgeport (phone  (203) 551-2700) is the state of Connecticut agency that administers a large number of both federal and state cash assistance programs for low income individuals and families with children as well as individuals who are elderly or disabled. Cash can help pay rent, they offer the RAP program, and can also provide access to the medical insurance program for the low income.

Bridgeport Department of Central Grants and Community Development has information on various rent and homeless assistance programs in Fairfield. Call (203) 5767134.

CTE, Inc. is another community action agency. They offer financial and housing assistance programs in the following town and cities, including Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton. The not for profit is involved in providing rent and energy assistance, housing, counseling, crisis counseling, and trilingual services.

The housing counselors from CTE also represents and advocates on behalf of individuals and families who are needing assistance in relations between landlords and tenants, and with regard to problems with preventing eviction. 34 Woodland Ave, Stamford, Connecticut. Phone: (203) 327-3260

EFPP is the Fairfield County Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. Income qualified tenants or homeowners can apply for grants for rental arrears and other government money. In some cases, shelter, free motel vouchers for areas in Bridgeport, and deposit help is arranged. Find eviction and rehousing help in Fairfield County.

Two Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified housing agencies to call for free information on rent, housing, and mortgage assistance programs are Affordable Housing Centers of America (Bridgeport CT  203-366-4180) as well as Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (call 203-332-7977-308).

Community Action Committee of Danbury, address of 66 North Street, phone (203) 744-4700, offers eviction prevention programs and emergency rent help. They may also be able to help low income tenants buy their own home in the region.




Residents of Norwalk can call the following non-profits for rent help and information. The two primary assistance programs are the Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, located at 98 South Main Street in Norwalk Connecticut (dial (203) 663-7339) as well as Christian Community Now. ((203) 899-2485). Between the two locations they can either provide very low interest rate loans, or in some cases direct cash grants. Also get referrals to other federal government and Fairfield charity type organizations.


By Jon McNamara

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