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.
On March 13, 2020, 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 (currently April 20, 2021). This allows all residents to remain home safely during this pandemic.
The Connecticut Department of Social Services will provide $19.5 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits to more than half of Connecticut’s SNAP-eligible households on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The extra food benefits will go to approximately 120,000 households that are not currently receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. This means that all households enrolled in SNAP will receive the maximum food benefit allowable for their household size, even if they are not usually eligible for the maximum benefit. Click here for more information.
Connecticut has been approved for Pandemic EBT, a federal program that provides children across the state with an extra one-time SNAP benefit of approximately $364.80 per child. Families do not need to apply for these benefits. DSS will automatically add the funds to EBT cards for families of children on free and reduced lunch. If a child is on free/reduced lunch but does not receive SNAP, DSS will mail that family an EBT card. You can learn more about Pandemic EBT here.
Connecticut SNAP enrollees can now use the SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online at select retailers. This benefit will allow people to order groceries online and choose either delivery or curbside pickup. Please note that the SNAP benefits can be used only for eligible grocery purchases, and not for other online shopping, or for shipping, delivery, or service fees. You can learn more about using SNAP online here.
The federal government has announced that all children will be able to access school lunches for free throughout this entire school year, without having to apply for the free lunch program. Please check with your local school district for more information.
Connecticut's residential eviction moratorium is in place until the end of the public health emergency (currently May 20, 2021). The moratorium protects tenants who were current on their rent at the beginning of the pandemic and have paid at least a portion of their rent since.
CAFCA will continue to update this page as the situation continues to evolve.