Liens Placed On Real Estate By Connecticut Department Of Social Services (DSS)

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When DSS places a lien on a client’s home, it means, in most cases, that the department will recover money when the home is sold or refinanced. It does not mean that the client will be forced to sell their home before they choose to. The money recovered is limited to the amount that the department issued to the client or on the client’s behalf.

DSS will also place a lien on the property of a legally liable relative, such as a spouse, whether the client is living with the individual or at another residence. This, however, does not apply if the client is placed in a long term care facility.

All Cash Assitance Programs Require a Lien:

Some Medicaid Programs Require a Lien:

Most Medical Assistance Programs Do Not Require a Lien

Food Stamp Assistance Never Requires a Lien.

For More Information on Liens Relative to DSS Benefits:

Call DSS’s Fraud and Recovery Unit at 1-800-842-2155 or use the Client Fraud Reporting Form found on the following website,

State of Connecticut
Department of Social Services
Investigations Division
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105-3730
Phone: 1-800-842-2155
Fax: (860) 424-4945



Source: DSS Public Assistance Consultant
Prepared by: 211/tb
Content last modified: October2017