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Assistance programs Hartford County Connecticut.

Grants from charities, Department of Social Services (DSS) in Hartford, and churches help struggling families. Find, and learn how to apply for, financial help for paying rent or security deposits, receive electric or energy help or a free box of food in Hartford County. Low income families can also get other assistance such as free school supplies, medical care or prescription drug help.

Non-profits, the government, and corporations assist the elderly, disabled and low income. There may also be loans for helping with mortgages, legal aid and even free Christmas gifts or presents for kids or the elderly in Hartford CT. Find details on this support as well as job programs, including resources for helping gig economy and side hustle workers.

Financial help and ways to get assistance with bills, rent, and expenses

If you are behind on your bills, struggling, and need either short or long term assistance, The Community Renewal Team Inc. (CRT) has several programs that may be able to help you. Some of what they offer is noted below. The non-profit has financial assistance for everything from utility bills to housing. Call them at (860) 560-5471 to learn more or to apply.

  • Foreclosure Prevention and Eviction Program - The program offered by Community Renewals provides counseling and is some cases direct financial assistance and grants to those at clear risk of losing their housing or being evicted. The program provides Hartford residents with three services including :
    • Grants and funds to help pay back rent and monthly mortgage payments
    • Mediation between Landlord and Tenant Conflict Resolution. Mediation may also occur between homeowner and their lender.
    • Mortgage-holder agreements, payment rescheduling for delinquent mortgages, and loan modification referrals.
    • The recently evicted in Hartford may qualify for transitional housing or funds to pay the security deposit on a new low income home or apartment.
    • In addition, the program mediates monetary conflicts between landlords, tenants, lenders, and homeowners. Also, learn about other mortgage assistance programs that are available in Connecticut. Continue with mortgage help in Connecticut.

 

 

 

  • Home Renovation assistance - Grants and low interest loans can be provided to help update and modernize a home. Inspection of one’s home will occur to review work and upgrades that need to be addressed, in regards to saving energy and improving safety. Repairs and housing assistance is also provided in acquiring low interest loans or grants to help them afford the work to be performed on the home.
     
  • Credit counseling - The CRT organization wants to ensure people get back on their feet over the long term. One-on-one credit counseling is available for participants. People are trained and advised to set goals, reduce medical and credit card debt and repair or build credit, put together spending plans, develop budgets, so that people know how to control their money over the long term. Find additional ways to get out of debt.
     
  • Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) - This utility and heating bill assistance program provides low to moderate income as well as working poor households with help in paying for their winter heating bills. Through the CEAP program, eligible Hartford households may secure fuel deliveries and have their utility heating costs defrayed until they have the money to pay the bills at a later date. For households that have their heating expense included in their monthly rent expense, one-time financial assistance and grants are available for them as well.
     
  • Hartford CRT can help customers sign up for free or discounted heating oil. There are charities and companies that give help, as well as bulk buying networks. These combines many households to negotiate better rates, and more on Heating Oil discount buying networks.
     
  • Weatherization Assistance Program - This will assist low-income home owners and renters in making their apartments or homes more energy efficient, lowering the expense of utility and heating bills. They can save hundreds of dollars per year. The following basic services are provided from weatherization, and all of this is free.
    • Interior caulking of doors and windows
      Installation of door sweeps on doors and weather stripping
      Installation of aerators and low flow shower heads
      Repair and insulation of hot water heater tanks
      Insulation of sidewalls, attics, basement ceilings, and floors
      Repair of windows and primary doors
      Cleaning, tuning, testing and repairing of heating systems, and maybe even replacement
      Replacement of incandescent lighting with energy saving CFL light bulbs
       
  • CRT staff also work on employment issues as well. The non-profit has details on job fairs in Hartford, programs for gig economy workers, interview skills and in general free career counseling. Whether the client needs a full time or gig job, resources are out there. Read more on resources for helping gig economy workers..

 

 

 

 

All of the services mentioned above are run by The Community Renewal Team Inc. Many other social services and emergency assistance programs are administered, including referrals to government benefits. Find additional details on help from Community Renewal Team.

Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness provides support. Struggling renters in Hartford County can get Help With Rent. The federal government will, in most years, provide the city with grants that are intended to provide housing assistance. In addition to financial assistance that can be used to pay back rent, deposits, storage costs and other housing expenses. There are also free landlord-tenant mediation services in Hartford. Dial (860) 721-7876.

 As another option, the New Britain Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program provides outreach, counseling, and management for those who are financially insecure, who need housing search and placement services. In addition, the group offers short-term case management that will be directed toward tenancy, budgeting and debt/credit counseling, and free legal services to assist people in staying in their homes or apartments. Call (860) 225-0211 or 860-721-7876.

Another agency that may be able to help is Hartford based Chrysalis Center. They run the homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program. They offer Rent Payment and Deposit Assistance, Credit Counseling, Utility Assistance, and more. Qualified individuals may be able to receive up to 6 months of rent help, 18 months of utility and heating payments, and much more.

Chrysalis Center, Inc. also runs the rapid rehousing and homeless prevention program in Hartford. It offers rent help, utility deposit assistance, funds for energy bills, and even credit counseling. In addition to those financial resources, various federal government HUD approved foreclosure counseling agencies operate in the Hartford Connecticut area. Dial  (860) 263-4400 or (860) 244-8302, or learn more on housing resources from the Chrysalis Center.

Mortgage assistance payments and eviction prevention funds are offered from EFPP. The state of Connecticut mostly pays for this in Hartford County. A program known as Eviction Prevention Program/Foreclosure Prevention Program (EFPP) is run by the Community Renewal Team.

The EFPP offers mediation, assessment, grants and financial assistance for low to moderate income Connecticut residents who may be in a crisis or who may be experiencing a non-recurring, unexpected financial hardship. The program will focus on those who have past due rent due or need help with making mortgage payments, and who have also received a notice to quit or notice of foreclosure on their property. Phone (860) 560-5600 or (860) 560-5881.

If you are faced with an emergency or a short term hardship, the Catholic Charities, Inc., Archdiocese of Hartford is an agency that may be able to support you. You can call them at (860) 522-8241. One of the primary options is the Basic Human Needs program. This service is for when an unexpected crisis or emergency prevents an individual or family from functioning properly, or not getting the support they need to be successful.

 

 

 

 

The Catholic Charities as well as a network of churches provides food, clothing, utility and heating bill assistance. There may also be free hot meals in Hartford County free holiday assistance through financial aid and grants, emergency case management, advocacy services, and counseling. They also offer programs for seniors, provide help to school aged children, and much more. Read more Hartford County Catholic Charities.

The Conference of Churches (860) 236-1295) will address community needs. As an intermediary agency that partners with other charities and Connecticut government programs, the conference brings together diverse partners and it will help to develop programs and services to improve the quality of life of children and families in the greater Hartford Connecticut area.

Another option for struggling individuals is the Salvation Army of Greater Hartford. They offer numerous services, including a thrift store, food pantry, emergency financial assistance, and referrals. The organization also offers free Holiday Meals and Toy Distribution, an Adopt-A-Family programs, and assist with Victims Advocate. Students, including immigrants and non-English speakers, can also get free back to school supplies or hygiene goods. The main location in the city has a phone number of (860)543-8413.

Additional locations of the Salvation Army in Hartford County are as follows.

  • 19 Stearns Street, Bristol, Connecticut 06011. Call (860) 583-4651
  • 100 Nelson Street (100 Nelson Mandela Way), Hartford, CT 06120. Dial (860) 543-8420
  • Or click here for additional information and locations on Hartford County CT emergency assistance.

The Heart of God Healing Center, which can be reached at (860) 560-9555, is a charity that takes applications from families and individuals who need one-time financial assistance for making rent payments. There may also be funds for paying rental security deposits as well as utility and heating bill payments for Hartford residents. Other support may be warm winter coats for children or medical equipment for the disabled. Priority for assistance will be provided to seniors and people with disabilities. More on resources from Heart of God Healing Center.

New Britain Human Resources Agency - Several resources are offered. They include Homelessness Prevention Program, which may have loans or direct financial aid for paying expenses such as rent or deposits. Utility bill assistance is part of the Operation Fuel program. Other services from HRA include outreach, homecare for seniors, Head Start and job training. They also offer both free foreclosure prevention as well as home buying programs.

The staff from HRA also work closely with the Hartford County One-Stop Career Centers and other non-profits. Continue with Human Resources community action agency.

State Of Connecticut Department Of Housing (DOH) is government agency that works with community action agencies and other non-profits, including Journey Home. It is focused on dealing with housing issues. Counselors from the state or a non-profit may work with renters and homeowners to help them avoid an eviction, and deal with a foreclosure. Get landlord/tenant mediation and other support, including access to the government homeless prevention grant program. Call (860) 808-0336.

Community and Social Work Services (phone (860) 424-5281 or (860) 424-5277) can provide many government benefits, cash aid, Medicaid, and food programs (among other resources). DSS can offer help for paying rent and preventing evictions from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This is a federal government funded program that can provide up to 18 months of rent help, utility and heating disconnection prevention, and other support and counseling.

There are also elder program programs as well as applications to SNAP food stamps. Other Social Services include temporary cash aid, SSI disability applications, MEdicare and more. This is a Hartford Connecticut based non-profit agency.

The government Social Services of Hartford and Connecticut offers several government and public assistance programs. Among them include Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP). Food may be provided from WIC and SNAP food stamps. Also apply for health insurance from Medicaid and Medicare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of other resources and public benefits are offered for the poor and very low income from DSS in Hartford County. The address is 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106. Call (800) 842-1132 or (860) 424-5281. Read more on Hartford County Social Services and government help. Call them for help and referrals.

Operation Fuel – The state of Connecticut heating and utility assistance program known as Operation Fuel sites provide a cash grant to families in a crisis. The main Hartford County CT application phone number is (860) 243-2345. Or the locations to apply at include.

  • Avon, Connecticut 06001. Phone (860) 409-4346
  • 330 Park Avenue 2nd Floor, Bloomfield Fuel Bank, Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002, (860) 242-1895
  • 55 South Street, Bristol Community Organization, Bristol, Connecticut 06010, (860) 582-7490
  • 740 Main Street, Town of East Hartford Social Services, East Hartford, CT 06108-3114 (860) 291-7295
  • 466 Main Street, Manchester Area Conference of Churches, Manchester, Connecticut 06045(860) 647-8003
  • 336 Arch Street, HRA of New Britain, New Britain, Connecticut 06051(860) 225-1084
  • 699 Old Main Street, Rocky Hill Human Services, Rocky Hill, CT 06067(860) 258-2799
  • 50 South Main Street, West Hartford Fuel Bank, West Hartford, Connecticut 06107-2447(860) 561-7561

Community Renewal – Other statewide energy assistance programs, including government programs. The town offices in Hartford County include the following. Or the primary application number is (860) 560-5471.

  • 330 Park Avenue, Bloomfield Social Services, Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002. Telephone is (860) 560-5800
  • Park Hill Elderly Housing, Broad Brook, Connecticut 06016, (860) 623-8467
  • 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton, CT 06019, (860) 693-5811
  • 20 Center Street, East Granby Community Center, East Granby, Connecticut 06026, (860) 653-4371
  • 81 Woodlawn Circle, Mayberry Village, Larson Community Ctr., East Hartford, Connecticut 06108, (860) 560-5800
  • 25 School Street, East Windsor Human Services, East Windsor, CT 06088 (860) 560-5800
  • 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury Social Services, Glastonbury, Connecticut 06033 (860) 652-7638
  • 1229 Albany Avenue, Albany Avenue Family Service Center, Hartford, CT 06112, (860) 560-5800
  • 479 Main Street, Manchester Human Services-Weiss Center, Manchester, Connecticut 06040(860) 560-5800
  • 50 Church Street Room 102, Human Services Office - Town Hall, Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096(860) 627-1446

Town Of Avon Social Services – The town provides social services, including fuel, or cash grants for fuel. It is also an application site for CEAP/CHAP programs. 60 West Main Street, Avon, Connecticut 0600. Call (860) 409-4346

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SvDP) provides support in Hartford County. They focus on five core needs, but a free hotline also gives referrals. The main resources include (1) free food or meals; (2) one tine financial help for housing or energy bills; (3) a low cost thrift store; (4) free furniture or clothing, including for the winter; (5) homeless shelters. Other support may be arranged too. More on Hartford County SVDP assistance programs.

Bristol Community Organization (BCO) can help with eviction and foreclosure issues. Low income families facing a crisis or hardship may receive emergency rental or mortgage assistance. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. Mediation, assessment and more is offered.

The non-profit BCO also offers other resources, such as applications for heating and gas bill assistance. Or get referrals to social services or UninSured Kids and Youth in the state. 55 South Street, Bristol, Connecticut 06010, call (860) 589-8623 or (860) 584-2725. Learn more on financial assistance from Bristol Community Organization.

Temporary housing and homeless shelters in Hartford County can provide residents a place to stay (or transitional housing) for the short term. This provides the evicted and homeless time to get back on their feet, find employment, receive clothing and basic needs, and other social support. Also find help in locating a new, affordable home in the region. Find more Hartford transitional housing.

Aids Connecticut, or ACT, can help AIDS/HIV patients who are facing homelessness. The non-profit offers Housing Assistance Program grants in Hartford County. Other social services and referrals are available too. Address is 110 Bartholomew Avenue. Telephone: (860) 247-2437.

Hartford County Department Of Housing runs eviction as well as foreclosure prevention services. Other resources include low income and public housing, section 8 vouchers, and resources for first time low income home buyers. Funds for paying rent are offered to those facing an emergency that they did not cause, such as medical condition or a reduction in hours at work. Call (860) 270-8161, or find more public assistance in Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

Mental Health and Addiction Services offers short term rental assistance that provides monthly housing subsidies to people with chronic mental illness or a disability who are on a waiting list for a federal government vouchers or permanent state subsidies. Phone - (860) 418-6907 or (860) 418-7000

Free holiday resources can assist the unemployed, low income, and struggling in Hartford County Connecticut. Assistance ranging from meals to free toys for children and infants may be available. The application period is usually in the fall for Thanksgiving or Christmas assistance, so apply early. Click here for free holiday assistance Hartford County.

Plainville Community Food Pantry And Fuel Bank - Food, clothing, and housing support as well as one time fuel assistance when all other resources are exhausted. The location is 54 South Canal Street, Plainville, Connecticut 06062. Call (860) 747-1919

Emergency Aid Association Of Suffield – Apply for help from private fuel fund program, get rent rebates, school supplies, food pantry, and get help in applying for government programs. 450 South Street, Suffield, Connecticut 06078-0275. Call (860) 668-1986

East Hartford Interfaith Ministries – Emergency funds are made available to East Hartford residents for one time assistance for crisis situations with utilities, rent, and prescription medications. A wide array of services are offered, even such as financial help for low income single moms. The address is 837 Main Street, c/o First Congregational Church, East Hartford, CT 06108, or dial (860) 289-4919

Mercy Housing And Shelter Corporation – Apply for rent help from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). Money may be available for security deposits too. Many other resources are available from their Family Services Department.

One program is for the disabled in Hartford, and is known as Residence at St. Mary’s Home. They also operate a day shelter and transitional housing in the region. The address is 211 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 0611. Call 860-808-2040. Read more Mercy Housing and Shelter programs.

Newington, Town of - Human Services - Food, rent, utility help, and other social services are offered. The address is 131 Cedar Street, Newington, Connecticut 06111-2698. The main phone number is (860) 665-8590

Free educational, school supplies, job services and other items are passed out in Hartford County. As many as 15 charities provide assistance to children, students, adults, and others who need help for school or skills training. Whether a laptop, clothes, school supplies or gift cards, GED supplies and more is offered. More on Hartford County free school supplies.

Town Of Burlington – An Emergency Fuel Bank for heating bills is offered. Also learn about housing programs, food pantries, and other aid. 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013. Telephone number is (860) 673-6789

New Opportunities Energy Assistance Program (NOW) – This program can provide help for paying energy bills from the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP).

  • 240 Kensington Road, Berlin Social Services Dept., Berlin, Connecticut 06037. Call (860) 828-7007
  • 33 Colonial Drive, Berlin Senior Center, Kensington, Connecticut 06037. Phone (860) 828-7006

Town of West Hartford only supports people from the town. Emergency funds may be offered for paying utility bills, rent, or medical expenses. Other resources include free food, shelter, and information on government benefits. Low income and/or unemployed families can also apply for Medicaid, SSI or other public aid such as SNAP food stamps. Town That Cares is located at 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut, dial 860-561-7561.

Friendship Service Center Of New Britain Connecticut - HUD vouchers can be used to help pay rent or security deposits. It is for the currently homeless or disabled. Case management, job placement, and other services are available too. Phone - 860-225-0211.

FISH of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut provides special services in some portions of the county. Outreach will provide referrals and support to clients. Both emergency shelter and transitional housing is provided for the homeless, and low income can also receive medical care or prescription drugs. Other support from FISH includes Life for Vets, GED training, and free Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. Find details on FISH of Northwestern Connecticut.

A group of local churches and faith based organizations helps the vulnerable in Hartford County. Government grants can be used as one time financial aid for basic needs, such as rent or housing costs. They offer help to the homeless (food, clothing), offer eviction prevention, counseling, and referrals to public rental housing. Call 860-461-7409, or learn more on free grants from government agencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free clothing, furniture and basic needs are offered by non-profit clothing closets, furniture banks and thrift stores. Low income families may receive vouchers or certificates for free items and clothes. Other locations will sell gently used products at low prices to the general public. The Hartford County and nearby centers may have items such as baby clothes, professional work attire, diapers, furniture or school supplies. more on Hartford free furniture, school items and clothing closets.

Free debt reduction services (for credit cards, medical, loans, etc.) are wide ranging. Non-profits, often working with state regulations or government agencies in Hartford Connecticut, work to help consumers improve their overall financial condition. To this end, there may be resources for paying auto loans; credit card debt reductions plans or settlement resources; medical bill payment plans and more. Find a list of credit card company programs that help.

Dedicated Hartford area rent assistance and homeless prevention

If you are facing an eviction, are currently homeless, or need some extra money to pay the rent, My Sisters’ Place will provide low income and other struggling individuals with emergency, transitional, and/or permanent housing. The program focuses on those who are currently homeless or people who are at risk of being evicted or becoming homeless, particularly women and children in the Hartford area. There are grant programs for single mothers in Hartford to help parents pay their bills, including rent. Call (860) 895-6629.

In addition to that Hartford County Connecticut, there are other charities that help homeowners and tenants as part of HPRP. Most of them focus on certain parts of the county, such as downtown or maybe the eastern part of the county. Qualified applicants can be given everything from a grant to help with back rent to free legal counseling, money for moving costs, and more. More on homeless prevention and rehousing in Hartford.

If you are faced with eviction, are unemployed, or are considered low income, several other agencies and programs in Hartford Connecticut may be able to help pay your rent. These are in addition to the other programs listed above. Find a listing of Hartford rental assistance programs and organizations.

Hartford County assistance programs that also cover all of Connecticut

The following programs and resources provide help with rent, foreclosure, utility help, medical and other financial aid to all areas of Connecticut as as well Hartford.

In addition to those more statewide resources above, there are national programs too. The federal government may offer some as well as charities or corporations. As one example, find details on patient assistance programs from drug companies. There are also national charities, job programs, and other resources listed across the website.

Legal representation and free attorney services

People who can’t afford an attorney can get free civil legal assistance and access to their services. The aid is offered to the poor as well as senior citizens or immigrants. Connecticut Legal Services is the organization to turn to for legal help. Call them at (860) 344-0447.

Areas of specialty offered by the law firm include domestic violence/family, eviction prevention, homelessness/housing, or help applying for public benefits. There is also foreclosure assistance, special education, elder and disability law, and information on debt counseling. More on nationwide free legal programs.

Another non-profit law firm is the Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. They also provide free legal advice to low income Hartford families, the elderly, and others who need access to an attorney. The address of this pro-bono service is 999 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT 06105. Main number is  (860) 541-5000.

Get free food and access to a pantry

If you are struggling to provide for your family, Foodshare, Inc. distributes free food and groceries to people in need. Call them at (860) 286-9999. There are also soup kitchens, charities that offer free hygiene supplies in Hartford County and other services. They partner with local food banks and provide these locations with the food.

Some other pantries or distribution centers to contact for help include the Bethel Mission AME Church Food Pantry (dial (860) 244-0345), Cathedral of Saint Joseph Food Pantry (main intake number is (860) 578-1434), Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of Hartford (phone (860) 522-8241). There is also the Church of God of Prophecy Food Pantry (860) 242-4662, and Hartford Neighborhood Centers (860) 251-6517, among other locations throughout the county.

If you need additional locations or resources for free food or hot meals, click here to find addresses and phone numbers of more food pantries as well as soup kitchens. Locate free food banks in Hartford Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health care and free medical clinics

Some of the local clinics that provide low cost, or maybe even free health care to low income, uninsured, or other needy individuals include those below. There may also be dental cleanings or prescription drugs. Or find more Hartford free community clinics.

Charter Oak Health Center - Fees and bills are based on a sliding scale. The main intake number is (860) 550-7500.

Community Health Services - Sliding fee; scale and also note that the inability to pay for your medical or hospital bills is not an obstacle to treatment from this Hartford Connecticut clinic. Dial (860) 249-9625, or find additional Connecticut hospital programs.

Foreclosure help, free credit counseling and debt assistance

The Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc., which can be contacted at (860) 527-0147 provides one on one counseling and assistance. Participants can receive counseling in foreclosure prevention and general money management skills, and also get credit repair/credit management services. Counselors can even help people negotiate their credit card debts.

The foreclosure assistance plan will involve a professional working with you to determine your financial situation and whether you can realistically save your home or not. They can contact your lender to discuss a solution, and also mediate a foreclosure. They are also experts and other Connecticut and federal government assistance programs.

Homeowners and people looking to pay off their debts have other options. Find additional Hartford credit counseling agencies.

Career counseling and job programs in Hartford CT

Another critical program offered by Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. (phone number is above or (860) 527-0147) is counseling and job finding assistance. Not only can they help someone find a job, but they can aid them with developing skills to be successful in the new role. They also offer material jobs to help the job seeker.

Urban League staff offer tips, advice, and free access to computers or lists of job fairs. There are also mentoring programs. Or clients can offer work stations as well as few internet or Wi-Fi services as needed. Or call them for basic needs, even including details on free clothing banks near you for work clothes.

 

By Jon McNamara

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