A new state-of-the-art computer lab will launch technology sharing that will streamline three community action agencies. Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA), Bristol Community Organization (BCO) and Derby-based TEAM (Training, Education and Manpower) will leverage their IT and human resource functions using technology to overcome geographical borders. The new computer lab is only the first step, said HRA’s Executive Director Rocco Tricario.
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A common talking point on the left and right is that the Republican-engineered shutdown realizes a long-sought conservative goal: the wholesale shrinking of the federal government. But even during a shutdown, $250 billion--about four-fifths of what is normally spent--is automatically allocated every month. Social Security, Medicare, the military and national security are essentially insulated from shutdown shenanigans.
Nancy Paetzell worked her whole life and thought she would be able to live off Social Security in her retirement years. But in tears Tuesday afternoon, she told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that she is barely surviving on her $1,230 monthly Social Security check. She pays $825 in rent and tries to save $50 a week. But by month's end, she has cleaned out her savings account to pay bills. She is eligible for $15 a month in food stamps and receives help with heating costs through the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Things were looking up for Melanie Rhodes. Rhodes, a single mother with a rambunctious, autistic three-year old had finally landed a job as a part-time bus driver. She just completed a physical and was waiting on the results of a mandatory drug test, but expected to start the job by next week. Then the federal government shut down.
“I’ll be on my own soon and I don’t want to depend on my parents or anyone else so I really have to start saving money for college.” Nairobi Lopez will be the first one in her family to go to college. She wants to become an elementary school teacher.
If you head a family of four and you earn more than $23,283, your family is not considered to be in poverty by federal government guidelines.
A local nonprofit group kicked off its annual free food service program Wednesday, serving breakfast and lunch to children as they played outdoors at more than 20 sites in the area.
The Access Community Action Agency will soon receive $1.5 million to boost the stock of affordable housing in Willimantic and Danielson.
Educational and health levels improved for the nation’s children during the recession, but more children are living longer in poverty, putting their futures at risk, according to a report issued Monday.