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Working together to fight homelessness
Uncertainty … seems like it’s all around us these days, whether it’s the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our personal and economic lives, or the varied narratives related to our recent election and how the transition to a new president will unfold. Yet with all the uncertainty we face, it is certain winter will soon be upon us and once again there will be people who do not have the safety of a home and warm bed to retreat...
Stay warm with Community Action this year
As it starts to get cooler in Connecticut, my mind goes to cozy nights at home, getting together with friends and family (socially distanced, of course), and enjoying what the seasons have to offer. But for many in our communities, these colder temperatures bring on stress and worry about being able to afford their monthly energy bill and keep the heat on.
Community Renewal Team to name women’s empowerment center in Hartford after Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Community Renewal Team, the social-service organization that fulfills basic needs for thousands of underserved people in the Capitol region, is renaming its Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center, it was announced on Thursday.
CAFCA Press Release-CT Energy Assistance Program-CAAs Accepting Applications
Beginning today, the Connecticut Community Action Agency (CAA) Network is accepting energy assistance applications for the 2020-2021 heating season. Connecticut residents who need assistance paying their utility bills and primary heating costs can apply for energy assistance at their local CAA. Community Action Agencies are the only nonprofit agencies administering the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides home heating assistance to the state’s most vulnerable residents.
CAFCA Press Release-CAAs Receive CHEFA COVID-19 Grant
Connecticut’s Community Action Agency Network was recently awarded a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) as part of the newly established FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program. Each Community Action Agency (CAA) will receive $11,000 to purchase necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials, such as gloves, masks, thermometers, plexiglass, and signage to promote social distancing.
Op-Ed: Community action rises to the cause
"It’s in socioeconomic conditions like these that over 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the country like mine, the Community Action Agency of New Haven, or CAANH, are the greatest resource and place of support to people in crisis, both in Connecticut’s major cities and rural areas." Read more from CAANH's President & CEO Amos Smith in the New Haven Register.
Ground broken on new hydroponics facility in Torrington
A seed planted more than 25 years ago to develop a new revenue stream for one of the region’s largest social service nonprofits began to germinate Tuesday when New Opportunities broke ground on its hydroponics facility in the city’s industrial park.
CHEFA doles out $3M for coronavirus recovery under modified grant program
CAFCA will be receiving $99,000 for CT's Community Action Agencies to use for PPE and social distancing modifications.
The Retreat, CRT’s assisted-living facility in Hartford, is COVID-19 free over 80 days, and counting
How has CRT kept The Retreat COVID-free? Watch this segment from WTNH News Channel 8.
CAFCA Op-Ed: Getting the help you need with compassion
"Today’s social services providers show compassion for their customers, and help them meet their needs without judgment. At Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across Connecticut – and across America – staff consider all of the needs individuals and families may have, and connect them with resources to improve their lives." Read more from CAFCA Executive Director Deb Polun, in the CT Viewpoints section of the CT Mirror.