Tax Credits & Renter's Rebates

April 14, 2023
Let me just start off by saying CONGRATULATIONS to the Quinnipiac Men's Hockey team for their historic NCAA victory this week! It was amazing to see all of the national and local support following the Bobcat victory. What a great month for Connecticut sports. You can watch a highlight video from Quinnipiac University by clicking the button below.
Highlight Video
With all of the fun, sports-related news out of the way, we can now focus on the "adult" information: taxes. Tax Day is next Tuesday; I have shared information and resources below to offer assistance to anyone who may need it ahead of filing. You will also find information on tax credits for veterans, renter's rebates, upcoming events and recent news:

You can click on any of the links above to jump to that section of the email. I hope that you find these resources helpful.

Real Estate Tax Credits
This is a reminder that the Hamden Assessor's Office is still accepting applications for credits on real estate tax bills for qualifying elderly and/or disabled residents and local veteran residents.


Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Program

  • 65 years of age or over or totally disabled
  • Own and reside in the home
  • Have income of $49,100 or less for a married couple or $40,300 or less for a single person
  • 2022 income tax filing must be provided
    • *If income tax filing is no longer needed for you, please submit the Social Security Award Letter and any other 1099 income statements received*
  • Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2023

State and Local Veterans Exemption Program

  • Served, or be currently serving, on active duty for a minimum of 90 days during a time of war and have filed a notice of honorable discharge or active duty with the Town Clerk
  • Have income of $49,100 or less for a married couple and $40,300 or less for a single person
    • *Unless the veteran has a 100% VA rated disability rating*
  • Taxable income information must be provided
  • Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2023

How to Submit:

Please fill out an application by clicking here, fill out items 1 through 5, and print the document out. The rest of the application will be completed in person in the Assessor’s Office upon submission.

Applications must be submitted in person in the Assessor’s Office and remember to bring all appropriate income verification documents listed above.

  • The Assessor’s Office is located on the 1st Floor (lower level) of Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, and is open from 8:30AM – 12:00PM and 2:00PM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday.
Please Note* Homeowners and veterans currently enrolled in a program and are due to reapply will receive a notice by mail.

For any questions or further information, please contact the Assessor’s Office at (203) 287-7128 or by email at
Tax Day
Tax Day is next week! Don't be intimidated - individuals and businesses can find resources, tutorials and more through the Department of Revenue Service's (DRS) myconneCT online center.

Click the button below to access those resources:

DRS Services
Renter's Rebate

Renters have until November 15, 2023, to submit a request for an extension of time to file to OPM for the Renter's Rebate Program! The request for an extension of time to file must be accompanied by a doctor’s letter indicating that the renter had a medical condition that contributed to them not applying during the designated filing period.

Renter's Rebates can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons. The rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the calendar year prior to the year in which the renter applies. Application may be made at the municipality social service agency, or the Assessor's Office between April 1st and October 1st.


  • 65 years of age or older
  • 50 years of age or older and the surviving spouse of a renter who - at the time of the renter's death - had qualified and was entitled to tax relief provided such spouse was domiciled with such renter at the time of the renters’ death
  • 18 years of age or older and eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits
  • Meet the one-year state residency requirement

To learn more and apply, please click the buttons below:

Learn More
$800K for Amity Regional High School
I’m proud to announce that Amity Regional High School will receive $866,663.06 for upgrades to its air filtration system as a part of the $56 million statewide investment to improve heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for public schools.

The grants are being awarded through the HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grants Program for Public Schools, a newly established state program that is administered by the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services.

The funds can be used for replacing, upgrading or repairing boilers and other heating/ventilation components; replacing controls and technology systems for HVAC operations; installing or upgrading air conditioning or ventilation systems; or other work approved by the Department of Administrative Services.

In the News
Community Spotlight
I was so happy to attend the Farewell Party for Caty Poole recently. Caty has been a vital part of transforming Massaro Farm into what it is today: a community hub providing educational opportunities, support for local health and food insecurity initiatives, and an incredible CSA. We will miss her but wish her all the best on every future endeavor!

I encourage you to read more about all of Caty's contributions to our community by clicking here.

Distracted Driving
The Hamden Police Department will be partnering with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) between April 1st and April 30th, for the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” high-visibility enforcement campaign.

The Hamden Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Transportation strongly urge motorists to stay off their cell phone when getting behind the wheel. If it’s necessary to talk on the phone or text, please park your motor vehicle in a safe location. In Connecticut in 2022, there were nearly 5,200 crashes attributed to distracted driving.

Violating Connecticut’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed are fined $200 for the first offense, $375 for the second offense and $625 for the third and subsequent offenses. Please drive safe and remember, it can wait!

Free Art Expo in Derby
Retired Derby Police Chief Andrew L. Cota, Jr. will present an Art Exhibition next TOMORROW, April 15 from 12PM - 7PM at the Veterans Memorial Center in Derby.

The exhibition will feature Chief Cota’s hand made wood carved artwork. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please email Retired Chief Andrew L. Cota.

Upcoming Events in Hamden
Please click any of the fliers below to learn more about the upcoming events:
Orange Events and Community News
The Orange Recycling Committee is hosting their spring paper shredding, mattress recycling, hazardous waste drop-off, and clothing & household items collection on Saturday, April 22 at High Plains Community Center from 9AM - 12:00PM. Please review the list below of what you can bring to the Hazardous Waste Collection.

For more information, please click the button below:

Learn More
The DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10AM - 2PM at High Plains Community Center. All unused/unwanted/expired medications will be taken (including liquids, sharps, and pet medications).

Volunteers from the National Pharmacy Association will be on site to answer any questions, along with the Orange Police Department and CERT. 

Call 9-8-8

As of July 16, 2022, 2-1-1 changed to 9-8-8. By dialing 9-8-8, it will route your calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 9-8-8 has resources for anyone with an addictive behavior and also for those looking for assistance who have loved ones with a substance use disorder. Call or text 9-8-8 for free, confidential help.

24/7 Help Line:
(203) 878-6365
Bridges offers comprehensive and effective outpatient mental health services and addiction recovery programs for adults, children and families. Fast-track access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, ages 16 and up. For more information, click here.
Woodbridge Event Calendar
There are so many opportunities to get involved in Woodbridge! Explore the community calendar by clicking the button below for more information.
Woodbridge Community Calendar