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HRA back in action, helping people displaced by hurricanes

CAFCA | November 21, 2017 |

Just a day after distributing hundreds of turkeys to needy city residents, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain helped families displaced by hurricanes get the services and support they need. “The primary purpose of today is to begin to build a relationship with the hurricane evacuee families that entered our communities,” said Marlo Greponne, the HRA’s director of planning and programs, Tuesday afternoon. Greponne said that, while many families were coming here from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, many were not contacting social service providers like the HRA. which could help them adjust to life in the city.

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Donations to keep Osgood food pantry open through December of 2018

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Thanks to donations from individuals and community organizations, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s food pantry will stay open for another year. The HRA recently received funding from the American Savings Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and a slew of private donors to help keep its Food and Resource Center on Osgood Avenue operating through December 2018.

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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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HRA, IRS discuss city's financial education services

CAFCA | September 14, 2016 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday hosted representatives from the Internal Revenue Service to detail what HRA calls “a holistic approach to financial capability.”

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80 percent of Head Starters ready to enter kindergarten

cafca | July 07, 2016 |

More than 80 percent of Head Start/School Readiness preschoolers enrolled at the Human Re­­sources Agency of New Britain are suitably prepared to enter kindergarten next fall, the organization said Thursday. The data show 170 of HRA’s 212 four-year-olds meet or exceed expectations for school readiness, said Rocco Tricarico, executive director of HRA.

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Community participates in recognizing Dr. Suess

CAFCA | April 05, 2016 |

City police officers Barry Hertzler and Brandon Lanza took time out from their beat Thursday to read books by Dr. Seuss to two preschool classes at the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. The officers were among the community leaders to participate in the annual HRA Head Start/School Readiness celebration of Dr. Seuss Reading Week.

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Senator Murphy impressed by YouthBuild projects

CAFCA | September 15, 2015 |

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., connected with participants in the city’s YouthBuild program Friday morning, surveying three homes in progress on Willow Street.

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Preschool graduates ready to reach higher

CAFCA | August 18, 2015 |

Eighteen 4- and 5-year-old students walked in their first commencement ceremony Friday afternoon while graduating from the 51st class of the Benjamin Franklin preschool program of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain.

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HRA Helps Couple out of Poverty

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

A local couple who struggled with poverty a decade ago has become a success story for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. Sheila Fuster and Luis Ortiz are New Britain natives, now living in Hartford, who faced a string of difficult circumstances in the mid-2000s.

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HRA to encourage savings

cafca | February 24, 2015 |

Lower-income households may lack emergency savings, but help is on the way. The Human Resource Agency of New Britain, as part of the Connecticut Saves Campaign, will extend its message of encouragement to even more families in central Connecticut. The campaign, coordinated by UConn Extension, is encouraging families and individuals to save money. According to a 2014 National Survey Assessing Household Savings, most Americans may be meeting immediate financial needs, but are worse off than in years past.

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