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HRA to mark HIV Awareness Day

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. will honor National HIV Long Term Survivors Awareness Day next month with its first annual “HIV Survivor Soiree” fundraiser. The HRA has scheduled the event for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Casa Mia at The Hawthorne in Berlin. Award winning AIDS activist, author and life coach Rae Lewis-Thornton will be the highlight speaker with entertainment by Ace Livingston.

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Why hunger is still a problem in America

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

Half a century ago, the CBS Reports documentary "Hunger in America" shocked middle-class Americans with depictions of desperate hunger and malnutrition across the country. "Child malnutrition in some parts were akin to rates in third-world countries," Bob Greenstein, the founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, talking on CBSN about the documentary, which was broadcast nationwide to a primetime audience 50 years ago this week.

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Courtney honors veterans's coffeehouse volunteers

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

Thirteen area volunteers were honored by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on Wednesday for their work at the region’s veterans’ coffeehouses. “April is National Volunteer Month,” Courtney said in his congressional offices at the downtown Mercantile Exchange building. “It’s a good time to put the spotlight on the good things that are happening in the region.” Beginning in November 2016, a weekly coffeehouse has brought hundreds of area veterans to the United Congregational Church in downtown Norwich for camaraderie, lectures and resources. Although the events began in Danielson, coffeehouses have since popped up all over Eastern Connecticut.

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The cost of keeping children poor

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

This past week, President Trump and House Republicans took initial steps to cut back the social safety net. Both have argued that such spending is counterproductive and wasteful, and that eligibility must be tightened for programs including food stamps and Medicaid. Mr. Trump and House Republicans have also asserted that welfare benefits are far too generous, and work requirements much too lax.

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Work alone is often not enough to lift people out of poverty

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

Yesterday’s public release of the farm bill included a proposal to toughen the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Similarly, the Trump administration’s executive order released Tuesday calls for expanding work requirements for recipients of federal aid programs and encouraging more participation in workforce development training programs. These efforts are intended to move people out of poverty and into financial security. But the evidence shows that work requirements will do little to support this goal and that current funding for the nation’s primary workforce development programs falls short of the need.

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GOV. MALLOY REMINDS CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE

CAFCA | March 23, 2018 |

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying their home heating bills for the 2017/2018 winter season that there is still time to apply for assistance under the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. The general deadline for applications is May 1, 2018, however eligible households that are subject to a shut-off notice by a utility for heating bills have an extended deadline of May 15.

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A windfall of federal aid for child care for needy families

cafca | March 23, 2018 |

A windfall of federal funding is headed to Connecticut to help low-income parents pay for child care so they can work. The funding, in the omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday, would come at a critical time. In August 2016, Connecticut halted new enrollment in its Care4Kids child-care subsidy program for 15 months after a federal rules change allowed families to keep their subsidies for a number of months if they lost their jobs or their income increased and they would no longer qualify for help. If new families had been allowed to continue enrolling at the same rate, the eligibility extension would have cost the state an additional $30 million each year.

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This is the most dangerous time in decades to be an American living in poverty

cafca | March 20, 2018 |

In recent months, the speed and force with which the Trump administration and conservative lawmakers have moved to make the lives of people with low incomes harder has been stunning and disorienting. To name a few damaging policy initiatives: a proposal to punish immigrants for participating in programs like Head Start; closing a Department of Justice office that was created to make legal aid more accessible; repealing guidance to judges that suggested they consider an individual’s ability to pay a fine before allowing her to languish in jail; imposing work requirements and time limitson people who need assistance with health care,housing, or food.

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HRA's food and resource center receives $1,000 donation

CAFCA | February 21, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA) Food and Resource Center (NBFRC) received a $1,000 donation from the Achieve Financial Credit Union.

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'Man in a van' rescues 140K pounds of food for Danbury Families

CAFCA | February 21, 2018 |

When a struggling Danbury family is able to serve some healthy vegetables with their dinner, they may have Mike Greene to thank. The broccoli, carrots, or cucumbers on their forks may have been sitting on a pallet at Costco a few hours earlier, waiting for Greene to pick them up. For Greene, rescuing food is a passion that he lives daily. For the past five months, he's been driving 62 miles every weekday, picking up food at local grocery stores and delivering it to Danbury-area food pantries.

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