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 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.
The State Department of Social Services (DSS) announced that all SNAP enrollees will receive the maximum allowable amount of benefits in August, regardless of income. This is a continuation of a benefit that has existed during the pandemic.
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.
Finally, to accommodate SNAP households that experienced food loss due to the power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, all SNAP households automatically received 20% of their August benefit on September 2, 2020. There was no action required to receive this benefit.
Economic Impact (stimulus) Payments
Many individuals with low or no income will NOT receive Economic Impact (stimulus) Payments unless they take action.
- Do not have a filing requirement due to low or no income
- Do not file tax returns
- Cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
- Do not receive Social Security, railroad or veteran’s administration benefits via direct deposit
should use the IRS Non-filer tool at: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here to provide the IRS with information so the IRS can send them their Economic Impact Payment. Individuals are not required to have a fixed address or a bank account to use the IRS Non-filer tool. Individuals can use an address of a family member, friend or even a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. If an individual has a bank account, the Economic Impact Payment will be direct deposited into their account. If the individual does not have a bank account, the Economic Impact Payment check will be mailed to the address input into the IRS Non-filer tool.
For more information about the IRS Non-filer tool and to input the information required to receive an Economic Impact Payment go to: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here This link can also be found on the IRS homepage.
CAFCA will continue to update this page as the situation continues to evolve.