Help People in Connecticut has
been connecting Connecticut residents to federal, state, and local
agencies for over twenty years. Need information? Need Help? Need
Services? LOOK INSIDE!
Association for Human Services (CAHS) updates the program entries and
Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) publishes this booklet. We are
grateful to everyone who supplied information for the new edition.
THIS BOOKLET IS A
GUIDE, containing brief
descriptions of complex programs. Eligibility criteria, services
offered, and funding are subject to change. PLEASE
CHECK WITH THE ADMINISTERING AGENCY FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.
If you need a
particular service but do not see it reflected in any of these pages,
you may wish to begin with a call to United Way 2-1-1, described
after the table of contents. In addition, every Connecticut town is
required to have a Municipal Agent to help senior citizens and most also
have a Youth Services Bureau that can link you to groups that could meet
the needs of children. You can find these numbers in the blue pages of
your phone book.
Many services have
income and asset eligibility guidelines. Generally, income is money
available to you from an ongoing source. Assets are referred to as other
financial resources – a bank account, a home, a car, etc. Don’t
assume you are not eligible! Check with the agency that administers
the program. If you do not meet the guidelines for service, they should
offer you an alternative.
A special note to
individuals who have never accessed social services in the past:
The on-going recession,
with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and widespread home
foreclosures in Connecticut, has necessitated the use of social services
by many people who have never had occasion to seek social services
before. Navigating the social service system can be confusing and time
consuming, even for experienced consumers. For individuals
new to this process, it can be difficult to access all of the resources
needed for a family at a single agency. To find services to meet a
variety of needs, dial 2-1-1, or the Connecticut Association for Human
Services or other multi-service agencies listed on page 24 of this book.
These agencies can help families access and determine eligibility for
multiple programs and public benefits including: SNAP (formerly food
stamps), health care, housing, cash assistance and other resources.
Accessing benefits may still not be as easy as people would like, but
these agencies will do their best to address new and multiple needs.
We would like to
hear from you! Please
let us know of any services that should be added, deleted or revised.
Programs that Help People in Connecticut is updated every two years.
Additional copies are available through CL&P or CAHS by written
request, and can be downloaded directly from the CAHS website.