Renters’ Rights on WFSB News via Facebook Live

Tuesday 2/22

Thank you to Natalia Planell, an attorney in our housing unit, who began this series on Renters’ Rights on WFSB News via Facebook Live.

Watch it from last night –


Tune in tonight on WFSB’s FB Live at 6:35pmEST to see Jane Kelleher answer your questions about evictions!


Wednesday 2/23

Have you seen our attorneys on FB Live recently? CLS attorneys are answering YOUR housing questions on WFSB’s Renters’ Rights series on Facebook Live.


Tonight at 6:35pmEST Catharine Freeman will be talking about living in rental properties with broken items or bad conditions. Make sure you follow us to hear about our upcoming events!


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Connecticut Legal Services announces services under Connecticut’s Right to Counsel program

Have you heard about Connecticut’s Right to Counsel Program? Check out our press release on the exciting initiative that we are a part of!

CLS is proud to join Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, and Statewide Legal Services in this coordinated legal effort to help tenants under the Right to Counsel Program administered by the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Anyone needing assistance should call the Right to Counsel hotline at 1-800-559-1565 to determine their eligibility for services.



You might be eligible for a third stimulus payment of $1400

You might be eligible for stimulus payments, even if you don’t have a permanent address, income, job, or bank account.

Many people who don’t normally file a tax return and don’t receive federal benefits may be eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments (EIPs), also known as stimulus payments, but may not realize it. This includes those without a permanent address, income, a job, or a bank account.  In addition, a December 2020 law changed eligibility requirements for EIPs. Now, some people who don’t meet the Social Security Number requirements can get the third EIP for each qualifying dependent if those dependents have SSNs.


Eligibility: Income limits apply, but generally, people are eligible for the third EIP if they:

  • are a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien,
  • are not another taxpayer’s dependent, and
  • have an SSN that is valid for employment (for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit) or a valid SSN (for the third Economic Impact Payment).

Special rules apply to filers who do not have an SSN if they have qualifying dependents.


The third Economic Impact Payment amount is:

  • $1,400 for an eligible individual with a valid Social Security number ($2,800 for married couples filing a joint return if both spouses have a valid Social Security number or if one spouse has a valid Social Security number and one spouse was an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the taxable year)
  • $1,400 for each qualifying dependent with a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number issued by the IRS


Unlike the first two payments, the third payment is not restricted to children under 17. Eligible individuals will get a payment based on all their qualifying dependents claimed on their return, including older relatives like college students, adults with disabilities, parents and grandparents.


For more information on EIP eligibility requirements, visit Third Economic Impact Payment on


Eligible people can receive the third Economic Impact Payment by:

  • Using IRS Free File to file a Form 1040 for tax year 2020, or
  • Using the Non-filer Sign-up tool on, which can help people who don’t normally file a tax return get advance payments of the Child Tax Credit as well as Economic Impact Payments and the Recover Rebate Credit.


The FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a temporary monthly broadband bill discount for qualifying low-income households


  • Up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount for household on qualifying Tribal lands
  • One-time discount up to $100 for laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
  • One monthly service discount and one device discount allowed per household.

Project ReSIDe has openings for paid survey participants

The Housing and Health Lab at the Yale School of Public Health is conducting a new study, Project ReSIDE, which investigates the effect of rental assistance for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

In order to be eligible for the study, participants are required to be on a waitlist for rental assistance, have Type 2 Diabetes, and live in the state of Connecticut. The main goal of the study is to show the impact of receiving rental assistance for people with chronic health conditions. Compensation includes $75 at each study wave — for a total of $375 over the 2.5 years.

Flyer with more information about the study

File Your Taxes for Credits Up to $15,000

Filing your taxes this year is a must!

If you don’t you could be missing out on thousands of dollars (up to $15,000) intended to help stabilize individuals and families during these tough times.



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  • Did you receive any or all of the $600, $1200 or $1400 Stimulus Payments?

If you did, then you likely qualify.  If not, you may still qualify, but you need to file your taxes with the IRS

  • Did you have any earnings in 2020?

If so, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC)

-as much as $1500 if you do not have children OR up to $6000 if you have kids.

  • Do you have kids?

If so, you may qualify for $3,000 for each child ($3,600 if the child is under 6) through the Child Tax Credit (CTC) but you need to file with the IRS.




Example – A parent with 2 children under six without a job or other earnings would get: 1st Stimulus Payment : $1200+$1000 [$500 dependent x 2] = $2200 + 2nd Stimulus Payment: $600 x 3 = $1800 + 3rd Stimulus Payment: $1400 stimulus x 3 = $4200 + CTC $3600 x 2 = $7200   TOTAL: $15,400





CLS Stands for Racial Justice

As a legal aid organization dedicated to removing barriers to justice, we recognize yesterday’s guilty verdict in the jury trial for George Floyd’s murder as one step on our country’s 300 year journey toward racial equity. Before the trial, during the trial, and after the verdict, more Black lives were lost at the hands of the police. Our work is far from over.

We stand with heroes like Darnella Frazier, who make us see these acts for what they are. As we process the recurring onslaught of violence and discrimination against people in brown and Black communities, Connecticut Legal Services pledges to keep advocating for all those who have suffered from individual racism, and for those who have been failed by our institutions through systemic racism. We continue to look internally to ensure our own policies and actions are informed by the failings of the past and present.

Press Release Emergency Rental Utility Assistance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut Legal Services joins with Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance, and Statewide Legal Services, in partnership with Connecticut’s Department of Housing, under Unite CT., a new state program to provide rental and utility assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our clients who already faced numerous challenges in meeting their basic needs,” Deborah Witkin, executive director of Connecticut Legal Services, said. “We look forward to working with our partners in Unite CT to ensure that our clients can maintain stable housing during one of the most destabilizing times our community has experienced. This program will help our clients begin to address the effects of the pandemic.”

Read the full press release