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Litchfield County assistance programs.

Help with daily expenses, bills, rent and other services

If you need help dealing with every day expenses, the Torrington Catholic Charities offers services that will help promote self sufficiency of families and individuals. They may be able to provide some short term assistance for paying bills, debts, rent, and energy bills. They offer this help and try to ensure the respect and dignity of every individual is maintained in a manner that maximized human potential through offering advocacy and other direct services. 860/482-5558.

Another charity agency that provides low income assistance programs is the Torrington CT chapter of Fish Inc. The non-profit provides qualified people with access to regional assistance programs and offers resource and services to low-income as well as vulnerable individuals/families. Among the programs they offer is a free food pantry, they run a 35-bed emergency shelter, free clothing room, help people apply for Operation Fuel/Warm (which provides help with utility bills), offer Neighbor/FEMA assistance, Holiday Programs, and access to emergency prescription assistance. Call 860-482-7300, or learn more.

The Litchfield County Salvation Army, which is based in Winsted Connecticut, administers several assistance programs including those that provide basic needs. The center offers free food, debt assistance and counseling, heating and utility bill help. Other resources from the church including emergency shelter, fuel as well as rent assistance, medical vouchers, free holiday gifts and meals, and even summer camperships. Programs are offered to both youth and adults in the community. 860-543-8400. More on Litchfield County Salvation Army social services.

Litchfield regional food banks - Struggling families can turn to their town social service office for an emergency box of groceries or other, non-profit run pantries. Based on factors such as income as well as number of household members, the locations may also serve Christmas or holiday meals, have baby formula, school supplies, and other items. More Litchfield County food pantries.

Child and day care

The Canaan Child Care Center (860/824-0597) offers qualified individuals affordable, high quality, educationally based child care and day care services for children who range in age from eight weeks to eleven years of age. The child care is offered in a safe, structured, nurturing environment.




Housing, rent, and mortgage assistance programs

If you are facing a home foreclosure or an eviction from your housing or apartment, the local community action agency New Opportunities, Inc. may be able to help people who can't pay their mortgage or rent. Some of the resources, options, and techniques available include foreclosure mediation, conflict resolution, and payments for rent or mortgages. Dial (203) 575-9799 to learn more, or click here for more information on Connecticut foreclosure programs.

Numerous other services are offered by the non-profit New Opportunities. The organization is committed to helping residents of Litchfield Connecticut overcome their challenges. Clients can work with case managers on some of the following.

  • Food pantries and applications to assistance programs like SNAP food stamps.
  • Energy and utility bill assistance from Operation Fuel and government grants.
  • General guidance, including job search assistance, budgeting, and similar workshops.
  • Assistance for senior and children, such as free meals.

For more details on assistance programs from New Opportunities, click here.

Bristol Community Organization in Plymouth covers only this town. The non-profit organization and it social workers can direct qualified clients to job training, landlord/tenant mediation, and the Rent Bank for homeless prevention. Utility help is available from Safety Net Benefits as well as a fuel bank on site. Or get referrals to affordable medical care and health insurance plans in Connecticut as well as other government benefits. More.

Affordable health care

Community Health & Wellness of Greater Torrington is a free health clinic that provides patients, families, and individuals with high quality, compassionate, and professional health care. Numerous doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals participate in the health care programs. The services provided are easily accessible, affordable, and the health and medical services are offered without discrimination to all patients of the northwest corner of Connecticut, including Litchfield County. 860/489-0931





Free legal assistance programs

Clients who can’t afford to pay for an attorney or access to legal services can turn to Connecticut Legal Services. The firm is a non-profit law firm and is represented by attorneys who are dedicated to helping low-income families, other struggling individuals and the elderly obtain just legal solutions and free legal aid to serious life problems. Click here to learn more on Connecticut legal programs, or call them at 800-413-7797.

Energy and heating bill assistance

If you are struggling to pay your heating or energy bill, New Opportunities Inc.'s runs an Energy Division that offers qualified individuals a unique mix of federal and state government assistance funds, help from utility companies, and other aid that  provide an array of utility and home heating bill assistance and also weatherization services to clients who meet income eligibility requirements. 203-575-9799

By Jon McNamara














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