Community Action’s Response to COVID-19
CAFCA and Connecticut’s Community Action Agency (CAA) Network are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on a daily basis, and remain committed to serving Connecticut residents in need during this unprecedented time.
While Community Action Agencies remain open for business, they are following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to help stop the spread of the virus as well as ensure the health and safety of staff and customers.
While many CAAs are not accepting in-person, onsite visits, they are continuing to provide services by phone, email, and mail. Customers can also drop off required documentation and/or materials as needed.
CAFCA recommends calling your local Community Action Agency to discuss your needs. Find your local CAA here.
A note about energy assistance:
CAAs continue to administer the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, or CEAP, and the application deadline has been extended through Monday, June 1st. The fuel delivery authorization deadline for CEAP is also being extended to Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Additionally, on March 13th, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) issued an emergency moratorium that prevents electric, natural gas, and water shut offs throughout the duration of the Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency. This allows all residents to remain home safely during this pandemic.
A note about SNAP assistance:
The State Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced that it will be providing Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut SNAP participants on April 9 and April 20, 2020. These extra benefits were authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. All households enrolled in SNAP will receive the maximum food benefit allowable for their household size, even if they aren’t usually eligible for the maximum benefit. More information is available here.
CAFCA will continue to update this page as the situation continues to evolve.