If you cannot work and you don’t have children at home, you could get about $220 a month in SAGA cash. Ask DSS for an application form and also for the SAGA medical forms. You will need to ask your doctor or mental health professional to fill out the medical form.
If you cannot work and you have children at home, a family of three could get about $570 a month in TFA cash assistance.
To learn more about cash assistance for families, see Cash Assistance for Families.
If you are getting DSS emergency housing and cash assistance, ask DSS if you can get help with
- moving expenses,
- 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.
SNAP (Food Stamps)
SNAP helps pay for food. If you have no income, or if your income is less than your rent and utilities, you should qualify within seven days of applying. See above for information about how to apply for DSS benefits.
You will usually need a phone interview to qualify, so it is important to have a phone number where you can be reached. Call DSS at 855-626-6632 if you don’t hear from them in two weeks.
You may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance with one of these programs:
- HUSKY A and B are for children under 19, pregnant women, and some parents or other caregivers.
- HUSKY D is for adults (19 to 64) with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. If you have SSI or Medicare, you won’t qualify.
- HUSKY C is for people who are disabled and have low income.
Apply for one of these programs at www.ct.gov/dss or by calling 855-805-4325.
SSI and Social Security Disability
SSI and Social Security disability are federal programs that help people who cannot work because of a disability. You are eligible if your disability
- prevents you from working for a year or more, or
- will cause you to die.
What kinds of disabilities qualify?
- A physical condition that
- makes it hard for you to walk, sit, stand, lift or carry; or
- causes you pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, or other serious symptoms that affect your ability to work.
- A mental health condition that causes serious problems with
- your memory, thinking, understanding, moods, concentration, or your ability to work with other people.
To learn more, see our booklet SSI and Social Security Disability.
NOTE: It can take over a year to qualify for disability benefits. You should apply for SAGA or TFA in the meantime.
If you are disabled or over age 65, you may also be eligible for
- State Supplement program (including cash assistance and sometimes other kinds of help), and
- Medicare Savings Program (helps pay the Part B premium).
If you have a disability that makes it hard to do something DSS asks, ask your DSS worker for help. Explain your disability and tell them what kind of help you need.
You can ask
- for help filling out forms;
- for help getting the documents you need; or
- to meet with DSS in person or by phone, depending on which is better for you.