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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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In rural areas, access to health services increasingly challenging

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Connecticut’s rural residents die at higher rates than their city and suburban counterparts and a large percentage of those deaths may be preventable if better public health programs or better access to health care services were available, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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'That Was Our Great Hope': DACA Recipients Worry About Future, Dreams

CAFCA | September 06, 2017 |

For 16 years, Vania Galicia and her family have been hoping that they might be able to buy a house, but they couldn’t do it because of their undocumented status. But when Galicia and her brother and sister received DACA status several years go, Vania, a freshman at Eastern Connecticut State University, said it gave them hope that they would be able to work and build up the credit they would need to eventually qualify for loans to buy a house. “That was our great hope, but now it’s shaky,” Galicia said Tuesday as she gathered with other students outside the student center at Eastern.

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Malloy Sees No Quick Resolution As Budget Stalemate Continues

CAFCA | August 30, 2017 |

Gov.Dannel P. Malloy spoke pessimistically Wednesday about the state budget — rejecting any increase in the state income tax and saying he does not see any quick resolution to the monthslong stalemate. During a one-hour meeting with The Hartford Courant’s editorial board, Malloy said that cities and towns need to tighten their belts because the state can no longer afford to keep sending them millions of dollars every year.

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Congress under deadline pressure to renew health plan for 17,000 CT children

CAFCA | August 29, 2017 |

When Congress returns for its break next week it will decide whether to renew a health care program that covers 17,000 Connecticut children under 19. If it doesn’t, Connecticut will be among the first states to feel the impact. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, is funded largely through federal dollars, with a smaller contribution – 12 percent — by the state. It covers children whose families earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, providing health care for children for families of four earning up to $79,458 a year.

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Proposed cuts in food aid worry those who fed the needy

CAFCA | August 04, 2017 |

Connecticut’s two nonprofit food banks provided more than 31 million meals last year. For many of the nearly half a million state residents who struggle to put food on the table, this was a lifesaver. But it was just 13 percent of what was provided by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a report by Foodshare, one of the two food banks. In 2016, SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provided enough money for more than 233 million meals in Connecticut, Foodshare wrote.

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After day of drama, Senate Democrats unite to back concessions

CAFCA | August 04, 2017 |

On a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, the Senate gave final approval Monday to a state-employee concessions deal after Democratic leaders mollified three dissenting colleagues with a promise to make a good-faith effort for fiscal reforms.

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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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