The non-profit Human Resources Agency of New Britain is a regional community action agency in Connecticut that supports the Hartford and New Britain region. They are closely involved in administering a number of programs, including eviction prevention, Operation Fuel for paying heating bills, job training, and coordinate help for seniors in the region. The non-profit is also a key organization in Connecticut to turn to for referrals and information on government benefits and support.
One of the primary emergency utility bill assistance programs in Connecticut is Operation Fuel. This is funded by donations and contributions from people across the state. It can help income qualified households in a crisis situation with paying their heating bills and avoiding a disconnection. Case managers can even mediate a solution with your utility or gas company and try to set up some form of payment plan.
The Homelessness Prevention Program may coordinate emergency funds or loans to pay rent. There is also an Eviction Mediation component to it, and the program is also often referred to as EMHPP. For those that need a new, more affordable apartment or home in Hartford, then case managers from Human Resources Agency of New Britain may be able to assist with that too. Or inquire into funds to pay for security deposits or other related fees. The main office is at 336 Arch Street, New Britain, CT, main phone (860) 225.1084.
Some of the other services from the community action agency as part of EMHPP include the Rent Bank Assistance, mediation services between tenants and landlords or banks, budgeting and more. There is also a foreclosure prevention component to this program. If you are notified of your landlord of an eviction, or mortgage serves of a foreclosure, call and ask for immediate help.
Emergency financial assistance is available as last resort for a safety net. The number of resources from the Human Resources Community Action Agency of New Britain are extensive. They include, but are not limited to, mediation services with your mortgage company or landlord, low income energy bill assistance/LIHEAP, free food, and information on medical care. Or get help in applying for other government benefits, such as SSDI disability or SNAP food stamps.
Outreach for the Polish population of New Britain is available too. The non-profit is involved in connecting low- and moderate-income Polish-speaking individuals and families to government benefits or social services. This may be Early childhood education, low income Housing, Energy bill assistance, immigration assistance and more.
Senior Homecare is available for Latinos/Latinas in the Hartford area. Call (860) 826.2282. Or the program is run from 18 Armistice St., New Britain, CT. It supports the homebound, and may arrange for Companion services or light home care. The very low income may receive some free help as part of this program.
Matched savings are part of the IDA - Individual Development Accounts. This program from HRA will help low- to moderate-income people learn how to pay down their bills and debts, manage and save money for the purchase of specific assets. The money saved with be matched using government grants.
There are some restrictions on savings. They can be used to help people save for school, to buy a home, or job training. In some cases, the funds can be used to pay for a security deposit on a rental apartment in Hartford County, or even a car (if needed for employment).
Volunteer Income Tax, or VITA Assistance, is for seniors and other low to moderate income adults. IRS trained volunteers that work with the community action agency will help increase the number of residents receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). If your income is low enough, the program is offered at no cost. Call (860) 612.3983.
Human Resources Agency (HRA) of New Britain and the FDIC Money Smart Workshops teach basic financial education as well as credit counseling to those who want to learn how to manage their money. Workshops held by well trained staff offer financial education, credit repair, and other support. The FDIC workshops are offered in both Spanish and English and Spanish.
Job Training and Employment is for people of all ages. Get help from the Human Resources Agency with finding a first or new job or gaining new skills. Much of this is offered in partnership with resources such as the Hartford South Central One-Stop Career Center. There are free to use, state-of-the-art computer labs to write resumes, search for hiring companies or create cover letters and post your resume.
Business Services Specialists can also offer job search and skill training workshops, coordinate in-classroom job training, and provide information on hiring companies. Online sessions are also available in Connecticut. (860) 612.1784.
Head Start can help children and infants with physical, cognitive, emotional and social development growth. The Human Resource agency is involved in supporting each family’s and child’s pursuit of health and happiness while they move to a better place.
It coordinates behavioral health services for children and their families, case management, and offers disability services and support. Healthy meals and snacks as well as free health checkups are offered by Human Resources Agency of New Britain as part of Head Start. This can often also lead to the child enrolling into the School Readiness Program.
Low cost day care is part of the Benjamin Franklin Toddler / Preschool Program. This is for parents working (or maybe in job training) for a minimum number of hours. A sliding fee scale is used for low-income families. Government vouchers may also be used to pay for child care in New Britain.
For more details on their services, the main center is at 180 Clinton Street in New Britain, CT 06053. Or dial (860) 225-8601 for support.
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