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Social service agency ABCD opens Norwalk office

CAFCA | August 04, 2017 |

When Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now closed its doors in 2012, it left a gaping hole in the city’s social services net. In the time since, area nonprofits and city departments have worked to fill the void. Now, one more is joining the mix. Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. — which has provided energy assistance in Norwalk since NEON’s exit — celebrated the grand opening of a Norwalk office Wednesday, intended to serve people from Norwalk and Westport.

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Malloy prepares CT for life without a new state budget

cafca | July 06, 2017 |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a conciliatory tone Friday, urging legislative leaders to adopt a new budget even as he signed an executive order to begin managing state finances without one. Yet while he urged legislators to come together he also acknowledged he hasn’t shifted his own fiscal stand much since he proposed his first two-year budget to the General Assembly almost five months ago.

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Volunteers spread word about summer lunch program for kids in Meriden

cafca | July 06, 2017 |

The summer meals for kids program, which began this week, got a boost with a door-to-door informational blitz. About 50 volunteers gathered on the Meriden Green Tuesday to put on orange T-shirts and hand out flyers, door hangers and other promotional items with information on how to access the free lunch program. All children, 18 and younger, are eligible for a free, nutritious lunch through the program, a coordinated effort by End Hunger Connecticut, New Opportunities of Greater Meriden and Meriden Public Schools.

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HRA hopes to it can find a way to keep food pantry going

cafca | July 06, 2017 |

A lack of funding from the city, and ultimately the federal government, is a looming concern for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. In May, the Common Council finalized the city’s plan to distribute money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, allocating almost $2 million in funding to numerous organizations and programs that benefit low-income people. Every year, the city receives federal funds and distributes these funds to local organizations through Community Development Block Grants and HOME programs.

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Senate sends plan to close current CT budget deficit to House

CAFCA | May 30, 2017 |

The Senate unanimously approved a plan Tuesday evening to cover the $317 million state deficit in the current fiscal year — albeit by draining most of Connecticut’s modest emergency reserve.

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Trump Budget Would Drastically Cut Safety Net

CAFCA | May 23, 2017 |

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget would make historic cuts to the nation’s safety net while dramatically boosting spending on the military and border security, including a proposed $1.6 billion to begin building a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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CRT receives behavioral health accreditation

CAFCA | May 11, 2017 |

Community Renewal Team announces that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. Joint Commission Accreditation is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care and compliance with rigorous nationally-recognized standards.

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Esty, Sanchez advocate against proposed funding cuts

CAFCA | April 12, 2017 |

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez visited the Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday morning to hear from residents that have been positively impacted by HRA-provided services.

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Growing wait list for child care subsidies taking its toll

CAFCA | April 11, 2017 |

Thousands of low-income families hoping to receive child care subsidies are stuck in limbo as a wait list for the program swells.

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Wall Street agency warns CT budgets will be bleak for years

CAFCA | April 05, 2017 |

A major Wall Street credit rating agency warned investors Wednesday that Connecticut’s weak economy and surging retirement benefit costs are likely to plague state budgets and test the state’s fiscal management for several years to come.

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