Application period open for renters program

BEACON FALLS — The assessor’s office is accepting applications for the elderly or totally disabled renters program until Sept. 30.

Eligible applicants must be 65 years old by December 31, 2017 or totally disabled according to Social Security. Disabled applicants do not have to be 65, and proof of disability must be provided if a disability application is not already on file.

A married couple’s income can’t exceed $43,000, and income for a single person can’t exceed $35,300 for the 2017 calendar year. Proof of income must be provided.

Verification of expenses must also be provided, including rent, electric, water and heating fuel, for the 2017 calendar year. Proof of payments made must be provided. Telephone and cable TV are not considered qualifying utilities.

The state will provide a refund if 35 percent of rent and utilities exceed 5 percent of an applicant’s income. For more information, call the assessor’s office at 203-723-5253.