Emergency help from Christian Community Action.
For people facing a crisis, such as lack of food or that are behind on their rent, Christian Community Action will try to offer support. In some cases the charity can offer them their own direct financial assistance to the applicant and in other instances referrals are given. In either case Christian Community Action is one of the organizations that less fortunate families in Fairfield County can call upon when they are struggling.
Anyone facing a housing crisis can avail themselves of the services available. There is support for the homeless or tenants that are behind on their rent in cities such as Norwalk or Wilton Connecticut. While information is given to homeowners as well, this will mostly be in the form of referrals to HUD counseling agencies.
The Tenant Services Program can assist those who lease their home or apartment. Not only may staff be able to offer grants for overdue rent or an energy bills as part of prevention, but case managers will also help homeless individuals and families locate permanent housing in the region.
Christian Community Action and its partners work to addresses the challenge of homelessness. They will work directly with homeless persons and place them into local shelters. Other solutions will be case management, budget counseling, and applications to subsidy information such as section 8 vouchers in the state of Connecticut. All of this is done to help move people toward self-sufficiency.
Christian Community Action provides coordination of shelter services to homeless individuals and families. There are locations for people of all backgrounds. Whether they are a domestic violence survivor, teenager fleeing home or veteran, support is offered. These short term housing solutions are provided primarily through partnerships with non-profits and the department of human services in Connecticut.
Food and clothing from Christian Community Action
Anyone facing hunger can try the food pantry. This will offer the client an emergency bag of groceries. The contents will vary based on what has been donated, and the service will only help a client every several weeks. So residents of Fairfield County can't rely on this program for a long term solution. A staff member at the pantry can also link people to resources for emergency help, legal and any other basic needs. They will also arrange for one-on-one support in nutrition if needed.
The Clothing Closet provides qualified, low-income families with support as well. There will be free or gently used clothing. Christian Community Action will try to provide new and expectant mothers with baby items as well, such as diapers and outfits. Each year, as part of the clothing closets in towns such as Norwalk and New Canaan, there are School Supply Drives that offer children in need with backpacks filled with clothing or school supplies.
Job seekers in Fairfield County can also use the Christian Community Action career closet. This will not only have professional work attire, but it will also connect clients to valuable employment resources in the community.
State of Connecticut and public benefits
Christian Community Action is a great place for referrals to government support. Case managers can not only provide information on available services in towns including Weston, but they can help people with applying for benefits. Some of the main resources are as follows.
- Medicaid is a fully comprehensive government health care insurance program for low-income families and individuals in Fairfield County. Expenses such as pharmacy, in-patient/outpatient hospital care, and other bills can be paid.
- Children's Health Insurance Program will offer low cost medical care to teenagers from under insured families.
- Food Stamps provides monthly financial benefits to very low income households. It will help them pay for their groceries each month.
- Get applications to energy bill programs such as LIHEAP.
All of the services above can be arranged by Christian Community Action. The agency can do much more though. This can include case management from their Family Resource Center to advice. The goal is to assist families in setting and reaching goals for both basic needs and long term stability.
For more information, residents can dial (203) 899-2486.