If you have low income, there are a few energy assistance programs that could help you, including
- hardship protection from shutoffs,
- energy assistance, and
- arrearage (unpaid debt) forgiveness programs.
To find out where to apply, contact 2-1-1, your local community action agency, or the Connecticut Energy Assistance program (1-800-842-1132 or www.ct.gov/staywarm).
Basic Needs Program
If you are in treatment for a drug, alcohol, or mental health problem, this program can help pay for emergency needs such as food, transportation, and housing.
Ask your substance abuse or mental health treatment provider to apply for you by calling DMHAS at 800-658-4472.
Emergency Housing and Food
If you get cash assistance from DSS and become homeless, you can get up to 60 days of emergency housing once a year. Emergency housing can also include
- expenses to store your things (in some situations),
- money to pay a security deposit for heating,
- money to pay a security deposit for a new apartment if you can afford the rent, and
- fixing or replacing clothing or household items.
To apply, contact your DSS worker within 45 days of when you became homeless.
You can also call 2-1-1 to ask about
- emergency housing and shelters,
- subsidized housing for the elderly/disabled,
- soup kitchens that serve free meals, and
- food pantries that can give you free food.
Free Phone Service
If you have low income, you could get a free mobile phone with free minutes. To apply, visit www.safelinkwireless.com or call 1-800-SAFELINK (1-800-723-3465).
Find a Job
The Connecticut Department of Labor website helps people find jobs. Visit them online at https://us.jobs or call 2-1-1 to find out more.
If your family has low to moderate income and you need child care to work, Care for Kids could pay for some or all of your child care costs. To apply, visit www.ctcare4kids.com or call 888-214-KIDS (888-214-5437).