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Middlesex County Connecticut assistance programs.

Anyone who is struggling in Middlesex County can get assistance. There are programs from churches and charities that provide financial help for paying rent, mortgages or a security deposit. Government grants and support from social services addresses medical care, prescription drugs, and ensures low income housing.

Free stuff ranging from clothes (including for winter) to Christmas gifts, bus passes, or school supplies for kids are offered. There are also details below on how to apply for cash assistance, grants, and other bill paying programs.

Financial help for energy bills, rent, and other basic needs

The leading non-profit organization to call for assistance is the Community Renewal Team. They can help people deal with a crisis and hopefully get on the path to a more solid financial footing. Some examples of their programs are below.

Foreclosure Prevention Program (EFPP)/Eviction Prevention Program offers mediation, assessment, and possibly financial assistance for paying rent or a mortgage. The program is only for those with a non-recurring, unexpected financial hardship that are faced with foreclosure or an eviction.

Food Assistance is offered from Senior Community Cafés, emergency food pantries, and Meals on Wheels. Summer meals, snacks, and food is offered for children only.

Emergency shelters, government housing and other short term resources are offered from Community Renewal Team, Inc. Options include East Hartford Family Shelter as well as McKinney Men’s Shelter in Hartford. Domestic Violence Supportive Housing is offered for survivors of domestic violence. Other centers are available for children and senior citizens in Middlesex County.

Weatherization applications are accepted, and this program helps reduce heat and utility costs by making homes more energy efficient.




Veterans Housing resources are available for preventing eviction or relocating to affordable housing. A leading program is known as Veterans Crossing, which also offers housing support for homeless vets in the region.

The CRT Resource Centers help people get information and assistance for their basic needs, such as free food, housing, rental assistance, shelter, heating bill or energy assistance, and foreclosure or eviction prevention. Also use their free computer labs with internet, which allow you to build a resume, look for apps for making money, search for jobs, apartments or other social services. Also inquire about the Human Services Infrastructure (HSI) DSS Program for referral assistance. Find a source of Android apps for making or saving money.

Early Care and Education services include School Readiness for preschool children as well as Head Start. In addition, infant and/or toddler day care is available for younger children. Other education services include Reading Tutors and Preschool Programs. A after school program is also offered for teenagers.

Housing assistance includes advice and services for finding safe and affordable housing. Or get information on emergency rental assistance. This is offered for the low income, single adults, seniors, Veterans, and families.

Senior assistance from CRT includes nutrition programs, affordable housing, and volunteer opportunities to help seniors in Connecticut remain healthy and independent. Volunteers and other can deliver hot, healthy meals or groceries to homebound seniors. These assistance programs go by the names of Senior Cafés as well as Meals on Wheels.

Job training programs and career counseling is offered for adults and youth from Middlesex County Connecticut. Services include life skills, case management, and general educational support, as well as summer youth employment. Apply for TANF career development and/or SNAP job training programs.





Budget, debt, and credit counseling services are offered from counselors. Learn how to manage your money and protect your home from foreclosure. Home buyer classes and housing/foreclosure counseling is available. Workshops and sessions cover budgeting, credit repair, debt management and more. Specialists can also work one-on-one and offer help with debt, money management and credit rebuilding. Free income tax preparation and filing is offered too. Read more on applying for debt management.

Community Renewal Team is headquartered at 44 Hamlin Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457, (860) 347-4465. Click more information Community Renewal Team assistance programs.

Town of Chester Social Services – Offers a fuel fund/bank for winter heating bills. Distributes non-perishable food and grocery items to residents in need. Provides temporary financial assistance for basic needs, and the location is also the Municipal Agent for the Elderly. Most aid is provided to people as a last resort. Dial (860) 526-0013.

Middlesex County heating and utility bill assistance is offered from Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP), Operation Fuel and Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). These three statewide programs help low income households pay their primary heat source bills, and income limits and family size are taken into consideration, as well if the applicant has a vulnerable member in their home. Operation Fuel can provide a cash grant in an emergency situation. Apply at the following.

  • Chester Human Services, 203 Middlesex Avenue, Chester, Connecticut 06412, phone (860) 526-0013
  • Clinton Social Services Department, 61 East Main Street, Clinton, CT 06413, dial (860) 669-7347
  • Cromwell Senior Center, 41 West Street, Cromwell, CT 06416, main number is (860) 632-3447
  • Deep River Social Services, 56 High Street, Deep River, CT 06417, (860) 526-6033
  • East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main Street, East Hampton, Connecticut 06424, dial (860) 267-4426
  • Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue, Essex, CT 06426, main number is (860) 767-4340 ext. 201
  • Killingworth Town Hall, 323 Route 81, Killingworth, CT 06419, call (860) 663-1765 ext. 217
  • Saint Vincent De Paul Place, 617 Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457, phone number is (860) 344-0097 ext. 12
  • East Haddam Senior Citizens Center, 15 Great Hillwood Road, Moodus, CT 06469, (860) 873-5034
  • Youth and Family Services, 322 Main Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475, call (860) 395-3188
  • Westbrook Social Services, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, Connecticut 06498, phone (860) 399-3048

Town Of Haddam Health Department - Energy bill assistance is available for qualified residents who have exhausted all other options, including government assistance from LIHEAP. Also runs a food pantry, provides health screening, and may coordinate home delivered meals for senior citizens. (860) 345-4621

Town Of Cromwell Human Services – Offers a pre-bagged food distribution program as well as an emergency program. Address is 41 West Street, or call (860) 632-3449

Middlesex County and Eastern CT Agency on Aging provides assistance to the elderly. Get information such as pharmaceutical assistance, social services, Congregate Housing Services Program, and information on utility or heating bill assistance programs.

Caregivers for the seniors and disabled also can get help. There is respite or rest for them. They can also get free financial help for some basic needs or help in preparing a home. Other aid is offered too. More on help from Eastern Connecticut Area Agency on Aging.





Homelessness Prevention Fund - Using donations and partnerships of charities, churches, and businesses, this Middlesex Program offers numerous solutions to the currently homeless and people facing eviction. They also partner with Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. There may be government grants issued for paying back rent, overdue energy bills, or security deposit on a new, low income home. There is also legal support to stop evictions, help for veterans and youth, short term loans, shelter, and other housing assistance is offered as well. More on housing and homeless prevention in Middlesex County.

Middlesex Catholic Charity provides emergency services and case management to the needy. Social workers can provide job counseling, crisis intervention, HUD approved housing and rental assistance and more. The organization supports the entire southern and eastern Connecticut region and hundreds of families may be eligible for assistance. Continue Middlesex County Catholic Charity assistance programs.

Society of Saint Vincent of Middletown provides various social services. Volunteers from across the region can visit seniors and the poor to provide support and applications for financial assistance. Some of what may be offered includes, but is not limited to, the Amazing Grace Pantry, emergency cash assistance for rent and heating bills, a mobile pantry, hot meals and more. Also get help applying for GED workshops as well as government aid such as food stamps. Read more Saint Vincent of Middletown.

Town Of Durham Human Services/Municipal Agent For The Elderly offers some or all of the following. Senior Lunch Program from a congregate meal site. Holiday and Christmas assistance programs are administered. They run the property tax/rent rebate information program. The center also accepts applications for Temporary Financial Assistance. 30 Townhouse Road, Durham Town Hall, Durham, Connecticut 06422, call (860) 349-3153

Middlesex Connecticut free food pantries

Shoreline Soup Kitchens - Episcopal Church of the Holy Advent, provides free food and meals. Other churches that partner in the program include St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church of Westbrook, Old Saybrook First Church of Christ Congregational, Old Lyme First Congregational Church, as well as the Episcopal Church of the Holy Advent. 81 East Main Street, Clinton, CT 06413, dial (860) 388-1988

Town Of Deep River - Emergency food for families and individuals in a crisis situation. (860) 526-6020

Town Of East Hampton Food Bank, 240 Middletown Avenue, call (860) 267-7300. Get free groceries, hygiene supplies, and other items.

Middlefield Food Bank, 405 Main Street, Middlefield Community Center, phone number is (860) 349-7121. This food pantry distributes non-perishable food and canned goods at most once a month.

All People Community Outreach Ministry (APCOM), 56 Warwick Street, Middletown, CT 06457, phone (860) 346-0148

Saint Vincent De Paul Middletown - Amazing Grace Food Pantry is located at 16 Stack Street, (860) 347-3222.

Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry – Middletown is a church sponsored food pantry that only operates a couple days per month. (860) 346-8295

Zion First Baptist Church food pantry. Address: 16 James A. Moses Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457. Phone number is (860) 347-5074. Both fresh food and non-perishable items are offered.

East Haddam Youth And Family Services – The Town Food Bank operates an emergency food pantry. (860) 873-3296

Portland Food Bank of Connecticut offers non-perishable food, infant formula and baby food to Portland area families in need of help. (860) 342-6795.

The county and surrounding towns have more soup kitchens and feeding places as well as free grocery programs. Click here for more Connecticut food pantries.







Free or low cost medical and dental care assistance

Community Health Center offers a sliding fee scale for underinsured or low income patients. The center is a primary health care provider that offers affordable comprehensive dental services and medical care. Examples include family medical care for children and adults, dental hygiene services, behavioral health, and more. Medical services are provided regardless of health insurance status. 114 East Main Street, Clinton, Connecticut 06413, call (860) 664-0787

A second location is at 675 Main Street in Middletown. Dial (860) 347-6971 for intake. Other services offered include cancer detection, Prenatal Care, Pediatrics, and Healthy Start.

Middlesex County CT families can save money on prescription drugs as well as other medical costs too. Many of these programs are available regardless of income. Find a list of services, including Blinkhealth discount cards and more.


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