One of the main agencies to call is Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich. The organization runs a number of assistance programs for those who are struggling. They provide social services and really focus on helping people meet and address their basic human needs.
Some of the specific assistance programs offered by Catholic Charities include the following. The agency can offer housing counseling. This includes, but is not limited to, eviction prevention, mortgage delinquency counseling, and the possibility of emergency rental assistance. Catholic Charities provides its services with competence and caring, regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, or religion. Catholic Charities will focus on those who are most at risk and who have the greatest needs for help. Most assistance is offered as a last resort, so an individual can’t have any other options available to them and need to have applied for other resources first, including government aid.
Case managers will also help support, strengthen, and empower New London County and other families in order to help them attain their highest level of self-sufficiency. They do this by offering education, information on job training and other enrichment programs. The social workers at Catholic Charities try to help clients overcome the barriers to being self-sufficient, and help people get out of poverty.
Case Management Services and Basic Needs is offered to those who request help for items such as food, shelter, prescription medication, transportation and other basic needs. Catholic Charities of Norwich also offers Emergency Financial Assistance. The organization has offices in Norwich, New London and Willimantic Connecticut, among other locations.
Catholic Charity clients can apply for help with immediate needs. They can also explore developing a plan for longer term self sufficiency for the future. Some examples of the case management services include the Empowering People for Success Program through Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. Among other things this can prepare individuals to successfully engage in their employment plan or job training programs.
Financial assistance and other services provided through this program also include administration of payments for individual’s utilities, rent, food and other day to day living expenses and basic needs. This can also include distribution of funds from Operation Fuel, FEMA, and also various other non-profit community and government grants. All of this aid is aimed at helping families and individuals by offering them financial subsidies and cash grants for bills.
Foreclosure counseling, mortgage assistance and housing counseling can provide free or low cost mortgage delinquency counseling, emergency rental assistance, budget/credit counseling, homebuyer education classes, and landlord/tenant counseling. Most of this is run in partnership with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and read more on Connecticut foreclosure programs.
Catholic Charity programs specialize in analyzing the long term affordability of the home or apartment unit. Programs can help empower the homeowner and tenant to gain tools necessary to encourage long term sustainability, home ownership and self-sufficiency. Social workers can provide one-on-one counseling as well as group sessions and workshops. All of this is designated to address the immediate and long term needs of families facing eviction or foreclosure. The program also provides assistance with money management, personalized counseling, credit repair, debt reduction services, and help for other financial issues. Over the years the Norwich Catholic Charity agency provided help to hundreds or even thousands of individuals and low income families in Middlesex and other regions.
331 Main St., Norwich, Connecticut 06360, phone 860-889-8346
28 Huntington St., New London, CT 06320, telephone number 860-443-5328
88 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT 06226, call 860-423-7065
553 Portland - Cobalt Rd. Portland, Connecticut 06480, call 860-342-0760
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