News & Events
Hartford Organization Distributes Coats to Families
While winter may seem like it’s letting up some, the cold weather is expected to be back in full force in a number of days. A massive effort is underway in Hartford to get warm coats to people in need across the state. On Wednesday, Community Renewal Team (CRT) members hit the road with coats in hand as a part of a partnership with Ocean State Job Lots. Shoppers have been donating coats, which will be distributed throughout Connecticut.
Nonprofit Executive Director Credits Her Mission to Help Others to Black Leaders Before Her
Trace the journey of Dr. Monette Ferguson from poverty to prominence and you will find a path that was cleared long before she was born by great figures from Black history. "They are the reason I'm able to sit in this seat. They are the reason I'm able to have some of the freedoms that my ancestors did not have," said Ferguson, executive director of Alliance for Community Empowerment, formerly ABCD.
Former Hotel in Hartford’s South Meadows to Become New Emergency Shelter for Men
An emergency shelter for men in downtown Hartford could open as early as this spring in a new location in the city’s South Meadows but the shelter will keep the name it has had for more than three decades. The Community Renewal Team, the longtime operator of the Stewart B. McKinney Men’s Emergency Shelter on Huyshope Avenue, has purchased the former Days Inn hotel on Brainard Road for $3.4 million and plans about $1 million in renovations.
Energy Funding Assistance Must be Maintained, New Haven Nonprofit Leaders Tell Murphy
Addie Kimbrough, a community garden organizer in Newhallville, said when an elderly neighbor received a call from United Illuminating about an assistance program to aid with utility costs, she was convinced it was a scam. However, that was not the case. Through an overall increase in federal spending as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program program received an infusion of cash.
CTLN Opinion+: Deb Polun
CTLN Opinion+ had the opportunity to speak with Deb Polun, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA). CAFCA is the Connecticut-based association of the state’s nine Community Action Agencies (CAAs) which aim to combat poverty. The association’s mission is “to support, strengthen, and promote the work of the Community Action Agencies statewide to advance economic, racial, and social justice.” Polun says they implement this by remaining deeply rooted in their communities.
Child Care Centers Say They Need Federal Funds to Help Through COVID-Related Staff Shortages
Child care providers told state officials that federal aid is necessary to address ongoing staff shortages and nearly 100 classroom closures due to COVID-19. The shortage comes as the state’s coronavirus daily test positivity rate hovered just above 23% on Monday, with confirmed community spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant. In 2020, Connecticut data shows that 27 child care centers and licensed family child care homes closed due to COVID-19.
Organizations Address Health Equity Issues to Receive Grants from Connecticut Health Foundation
The Connecticut Health Foundation has awarded 24 grants totaling $1.2 million to organizations on the frontlines of health equity and to media organizations that are devoting reporting to the subject, which has gained greater attention – and concern – during the pandemic. The Connecticut Health Foundation is the state’s largest independent health philanthropy dedicated to improving health outcomes for people of color.
Data: Nearly Half of CT Residents Live in a ‘Child Care Desert’
Child care provider Tara Kennedy hears from more prospective families than she has the space to enroll. “I get several requests weekly from families looking for child care, either moving into the area or going back to work, or wanting their children to get back out into the socializing world after not seeing people for the last year and a half,” said Kennedy, the director and owner of Cedar Gables Preschool & Childcare in Danbury.
Help Available for Those Needing Help with Energy Bills
Globalized economic pressures, crippled delivery systems, depleted energy supplies, escalating inflation, and new COVID-19 challenges have catalyzed an increasing number of Connecticut residents to seek energy assistance this year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently projected 54% price increases for propane, 30% for natural gas, 43% for heating oil and 6% for electric heat. U.S. Census Bureau surveys indicate more than 21% of Connecticut residents were unable to meet their energy costs last year.
Hartford Finalizing Contracts with CRT, Wheeler for New Civilian Crisis Response Team
The city of Hartford is in talks with two local agencies about running a new civilian crisis intervention team to complement the police department, a program Mayor Luke Bronin initially hoped to launch this past summer. The mayor’s office said it may award contracts to both Community Renewal Team and Wheeler Clinic to implement the new Hartford Community Responders program, which will provide an alternative to an armed police response in certain non-violent situations.