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As CT Child Tax Rebate Hits Deadline, City and Town Rates Vary Widely

As the deadline nears for Connecticut families to sign up for a state tax rebate worth $250 per child, the Department of Revenue Services is seeing a rush of applications. The Connecticut Association for Community Action, a statewide network that works with lower income families, has about 5,000 kids through its child care programs. Executive director Deb Polun said the agency has near daily contact with the families of those children who its informed about the tax rebate.    
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Teacher Shortages at Child Care Centers Leading to Fewer Children in Child Care

Teacher shortages at child care centers across Connecticut have led to fewer children attending child care facilities, a recent report by the Connecticut Association for Human Services shows. An estimated 24,000 fewer children are currently at public and private child care centers statewide since the pandemic began in 2020. Monette Ferguson, executive director, Alliance for Community Empowerment in Bridgeport, said that the findings did not come as a surprise.
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Lead Hazards in Older Homes Throughout New Britain Will be Eliminated with $5.6 Million Grant

Lead hazards in older homes throughout New Britain will be eliminated with a $5.6 million grant, according to officials. The Healthy Homes New Britain Program is leading the charge, coordinating its efforts with other housing rehabilitation programs currently offered in New Britain. Staff are partnering with the Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA) to provide outreach.
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Lamont, Bysiewicz Speak to Importance of Minimum Wage Increases, Support HRA

With national economic pressure continuing to put Connecticut families in ever tougher situations, Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz spoke about the importance of Connecticut minimum wage raises and support of organizations like the Human Resources Agency of New Britain in providing social, educational, and financial assistance to families. “We got it done in Connecticut,” Lamont said.
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Childcare Center in Waterbury Gets Funding from State to Help Support Services

The state is putting more than $200,000 into one of TEAM, Inc.'s childcare centers in Waterbury. Using federal funds, the Lamont administration has committed to bolster childcare statewide. It’s part of the state’s strategy to help the economy. “You can’t have a conversation, a meaningful solutions-based conversation around mental health, if you’re not starting in early childhood, if you’re not starting at childcare,” said David Morgan, President and CEO of TEAM, Inc.  

CT Child Tax-Rebate Application Open Through July 31

Connecticut parents can apply for the state Child Tax Rebate through July 31. Anti-poverty advocates say the money will serve as additional relief for families struggling with pandemic and inflation challenges. State residents with kids 18 years old or younger can apply for the tax rebate, which was created as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget. Families within a certain income threshold can receive up to $250 per child for three kids, a maximum of $750.
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Beth-El Center, TEAM, Inc. Join to Aid COVID-Impacted Households

Beth-El Center, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford, is partnering with TEAM Inc., a nonprofit human services agency in the Valley, to provide housing services and financial aid to individuals who’ve experienced hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. This short-term housing assistance program will provide up to 15 households who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic with housing assistance, financial aid and case management services.

Residents Urged to Apply for Child Tax Credit

The Lamont administration came to New London on Tuesday as part of its statewide child tax credit media tour. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and state Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, a co-chair of the state legislature’s finance committee, along with Rep. Anthony Nolan, D-New London, New London Mayor Michael Passero and members of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, or TVCCA, touted the tax credit during a news conference at City Hall.
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Community Alliance Confronts Local Wealth Gaps

Talk about poverty, and you sometimes have to use the language of war. Many people are seen as casualties in the war against it. Fortunately, there are also alliances that can be forged in this fight. The Alliance for Community Empowerment is one such organization. Executive Director Dr. Monette Ferguson joined the ​“Municipal Voice,” a co-production of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and WNHH FM, to talk about economic disparity.

Metropolitan District Urges Customers with Overdue Water Bills to Seek Assistance. Here’s How.

Metropolitan District customers with overdue and unpaid balances on their water bills are urged to apply for financial relief through the Connecticut Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, according to the agency. LIHWAP, a one-time water assistance grant program for eligible households, is administered by the state Department of Social Services and Community Action Agency partners, according to the MDC.
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