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Assistance programs in New Haven County.

Government assistance programs, charities, and even churches in New Haven County provide financial aid. Find how to get help with rent or mortgage payments, utility and heating bills, money to pay for groceries, and even free prescription drugs. Agencies offer that tyoe of assistance to the low income and also coordinate case management, as noted below.

Emergency financial help may come in the form of grants or loans. Some charities in New Haven also give free stuff too, whether it is school supplies for kids or heating oil for the winter. There is also financial help to pay for sewer or water bills, free Christmas toys, and programs to help low to moderate income families buy a home. More information is below.

Find how to get housing, utility bill assistance, free counseling and help with rent

The government of Connecticut will in most years give funds that will be used to help residents pay their rent and will also prevent homeless through a community-based program. The resource will provide financial assistance for rent, heating, water and utility bills, it will intervene during evictions that a family may face to help stop the eviction, and it will provide emergency lodging as well as other social services. The primary goal is to keep families in Connecticut and the New Haven area from losing their homes, utilities or water or being evicted from their apartments. More on financial help to pay for water bills.

Columbus House, Inc., New Haven, is the organization in the New Haven area that will be administering the program. Phone (203) 401-4400.

As indicated above, the money can be used for a wide range of reasons. For example, Columbus House, Inc can use the money for rental aid payments, help with security deposits, utility bill payments and to pay for utility deposits, motel or hotel vouchers, moving cost assistance and housing relocation payments. All of these are intended to help eligible families and individuals. Legal services, credit repair assistance, outreach, housing search, and more are among the support services available to needy families.

While the funds are provided from the federal government, the state-contracted program will serve those individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homelessness. Programs offered will target prevention to those who would be homeless if they did not get any housing assistance. Another goal of the program is to help those who are homeless today. For example, rapidly re-house and stabilize those families and individuals who are currently homelessness and find long term solutions for them. There are some conditions before aid is provided, and some of them include :




  • The person experienced a sudden and significant loss of household income.
  • The family or individuals is facing eviction within two weeks from a private dwelling. This can even include  housing provided by their family or friends.
  • Sudden and significant increase in their heating and utility bills.
  • Click here to find additional rent assistance programs.

The Connection Inc. is a social services/non-profit organization that is located in New Haven Connecticut. The organizations offers a variety of services, including rent assistance, they will negotiate with utility companies to try to reduce or eliminate bills, and provide grants to people in need.

The Connection Inc. has dozens of clients who qualify for help paying past utility bills. The organization plans to help as many people as possible, due to a grant that was issued by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine, which a fundraising partnership between United Way of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program will give hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in early May for area social service organizations that provide food, rent help, free debt counseling, mortgage aid, shelter and other emergency assistance. Dial 203-691-4213 to learn more.

Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc. offers a wide variety of grant and anti-poverty programs. The non-profit is a a leading organization in the region. The non-profit provides the following services to qualified clients across the county. There is Energy Bill Assistance, Weatherization, Food Pantry, Diaper Bank, and Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention. Other more case management type resources include Manage Your Future, Volunteer Individual Tax Assistance, SMART Women, Passport to Prosperity, and Surfing with Seniors. More details are below.

  • Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention includes staff assessment and mediation services. The agency may also have limited financial assistance for eligible families that are in imminent danger of eviction or foreclosure or those facing homelessness.
  • Surfing with Seniors Citizens is a series of computer literacy classes for the aging population and elderly.
  • Manage Your Future is for the youth of New Haven County. It is a young adult program that offers mentorship, job readiness, financial education classes and college preparation.
  • SMART Women provides single mothers with help. What is offered includes financial education, health focused workshops, assistance with finding, paying for and securing affordable housing and also great job opportunities for singe moms.
  • New Haven property tax help is always needed. the cost of living in Connecticut is so high. Community Action Agency gives resources and advice, and find how to get property tax help.
  • The Passport to Prosperity is a program that offers intensive case-management services to the non-profit agencies most vulnerable clients. The goal is to improve family-well-being and client income by helping clients meet their most basic needs.

Call the Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc. Phone number is (203)387-7700 and address is 419 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511. They offer several other services as well. Read more on Community Action New Haven (CAA-NH).





Liberty Community Services - Offers rental assistance for a maximum of 18 months period of time. They also offer security deposit loans, a drop in center for the homeless as well as various job training services. Other resources include up to 18 months worth of utility bill or heating payments, including up to 6 months of back utility payments. Or learn about mortgage mediation, legal aid for tenants, and more. Phone (203) 495-1750. They are located in New Haven Connecticut. More on Liberty Community Services housing assistance programs.

New Opportunities ((203) 575-4211) and Rushford ((203) 630-5369), which are both based in Meriden, also both run the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). This federal government stimulus program provides rent help, money for moving expenses, debt and credit counseling, and funds for paying rent and utility deposits. St Vincent DePaul Place Middletown (dial (860) 344-0097) also runs this program.

New Opportunities also runs several other programs for the region, and they are a leading community action agency. Resources include free food, housing, job training, and financial literacy classes, including VITA income tax preparation. They can also help with heating bill assistance. Read about New Opportunities programs.

Non-profit and government rent help - If the locations listed above or the agencies below are unable to offer you the services and help you need, there are other places to turn to for help. Programs can assist with back rent or security deposits, and some organizations in New Haven provide tenants with loans or help in locating a new apartment. Find additional New Haven rent assistance programs.

Town Of Bethany Human Services – Assistance programs offered include funds for paying heating and utility bills, heating oil and food vouchers. They also run the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP). 40 Peck Road, Town Hall, Bethany, CT 06524-3338

Town Of Cheshire - Youth And Social Services – Stop by and apply for job finding services, funds for energy bills, access to a food pantry, and emergency heating and utility bill help. 84 South Main Street, Town Hall, Cheshire, Connecticut 06410, (203) 271-6690

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP) - This program is run by most towns, including those listed below. The program helps low income, elderly, and disabled households in New Haven pay their primary heat source bills. Focus is given to vulnerable households, which includes those who have a member who is who is age 60+, disabled, or a child who is under age 6.

  • Guilford Social Services, 32 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut 06437, (203) 453-8009
  • Town Madison, 9 Old Route 79, Madison Senior Center - The Depot, Madison, CT 06443, (203) 245-5627
  • Town of Meriden, 74 Cambridge Street, New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, Meriden, CT 06450-5695, (203) 235-0278
  • Milford Human Services, 150 Gulf Street, Milford, Connecticut 06460, (203) 783-3253
  • Town Of North Branford Social Service Department, 1675 Foxon Road, North Branford Senior Center, North Branford, CT 06471, (203) 315-6006
  • North Haven Community Services, 18 Church Street, North Haven, CT 06473-0336, (203) 239-2566
  • Town of Prospect, 6 Center Street, Prospect Senior Center, Prospect, Connecticut 06712 (203) 758-4461
  • Town of Wallingford, 238 Washington Street, Wallingford Committee on Aging, Wallingford, CT 06492, 203-294-2175
  • Town of Wolcott, 10 Kenea Avenue, Social Service Department - Town Hall, Wolcott, Connecticut 06716-2114, (203) 879-8100





Town Of Hamden Community Services – Programs can help with utilities, food, rent payment assistance, and they administer other social services. There is even a thrift store. 11 Pine Street, Keefe Community Center, Hamden, Connecticut 06514. Call (203) 562-5129. Or find other places for low cost thrift stores.

Town Of Orange Community Services – Offers a food pantry. In addition, the town maintains a private fuel and heating oil bank for residents in need. Each eligible person is granted $500 per 12 month period. 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, Connecticut 06477, (203) 891-4788

New Haven Home Recovery can provide housing for up to 24 months to the evicted or homeless. They are part of the Transition Collaborative which can provide a rental subsidy, case management or funds for other costs, such as resettlement or security deposit expenses. Address is 153 East Street in New Haven, Connecticut 06511. Phone for intake is (203) 492-4866.

Waterbury Saint Vincent provides support in the greater New Haven County region as well. Donations and volunteers are needed and the services they offer provide people the opportunity to help their neighbors in need. Homeless prevention and housing is a major focus, and can include emergency rent help, shelter, and assistance with finding housing. Other resources include food, clothing, and access to job training and employment services. Click more St. Vincent Waterbury.

Town of Southbury - Offers limited financial aid for residents in an emergency situation, such as rent help and housing. They can also offer heating assistance and fuel oil. Last, but not least, a food pantry is available. 501 Main Street South Room 102, Southbury Senior Center in Town Hall, Southbury, Connecticut 06488

Christian Community Action, or CCA, is another non profit that focuses on the low income, unemployed, and even homeless in New Haven. They offer qualified residents several different programs, with a focus on housing, food, and passing out referrals.

  • They operate shelters and transitional housing, including the Stepping Stone program.
  • Food, meals, and groceries are from regional food banks.
  • Referrals and applications to government benefits and programs, such as Operation Fuel, LIHEAP, SNAP food stamps, and SSDI disability.
  • Information or referrals on homeless prevention, including low interest loans for back rent or security deposits.
  • Many other programs are also run by CCA in New Haven. Learn more.

Town of Waterbury – Food, rent, housing, as well as the CEAP and CHAP energy assistance programs. 232 North Elm Street, Human Service Center, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702-1594

Resources for low income and temporary housing are available to people that were evicted or that are homeless. Receive a place to stay in counseling, job search assistance, and other support from the various non-profits. More on New Haven County transitional housing programs.

A statewide imitative is also available for stopping homelessness. The money is limited, and will require tenants (or the homeless) to be close to (if not already) self-sufficient. It is an emergency service for senior citizens, the disabled, single mothers and low income families. It ca provide the following.

Non-profits may offer money for housing expenses, including rent, heating or water bills. When a client needs a new place to live, additional funding may pay for a security deposit. All of this aid in New Haven County for preventing homelessness also uses case management. Click more details on homeless prevention in New Haven.

Free clothing closets and furniture banks provide free clothes, furniture, appliances Christmas gifts, and other basic needs, such as school supplies. Vouchers may be provided to the lowest income so they can shop for items they need. Another option in New Haven County are thrift stores, and these will sell items to the public. Other items may include furniture, household supplies such as small appliances, and personal hygiene items. Learn more on free clothes, furniture and school supplies in New Haven County.







Government partner organizations - New Haven County has extensive information on local non-profit organizations and other agencies that are committed to helping the low income. They can provide assistance such as free health care, medications, emergency rental assistance, or food from pantries or government programs such as food stamps. More details on government aid in New Haven.

Operation Fuel - This is another state of Connecticut program that is also offered in New Haven. Operation Fuel works with the locations and offices below, and together they offer a cash grant to help income eligible households in a crisis situation meet home energy expenses and pay their bills.

  • Town of Branford, 11 Cherry Hill Road, Branford, Connecticut 06405, (203) 315-0610
  • Cheshire Youth and Social Services, 84 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410, (203) 271-6690
  • Towns of Derby, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Milford, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Woodbridge, 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418-1846, (203) 736-5420
  • Waterbury, 232 North Elm Street, Human Service Center, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702-1594, (203) 575-4311
  • New Haven County residents have other energy bill help available to them as well, even including from their provider. Find more financial assistance paying Connecticut utility bills.

Local towns - While not all, many municipalities can provide referrals or even basic needs to residents. They are often called Community Services, and there may be applications to emergency energy bill assistance, referrals to free food pantries or shelters in New Haven County, and more. They often have details on public aid too, such as food stamps. Read more town community services.

Team, Inc. offers assistance in a crisis. A focus is on preventing evictions and homelessness. So the non-profit agency runs the rent and mortgage assistance programs that offers assessment, financial assistance, and mediation services. This includes funds for paying rent and foreclosure prevention services. Address is 30 Elizabeth Street, Century Plaza, Derby, Connecticut 06418-1846, call (203) 736-5420.

Women and Family Life Center will only support Guilford residents. Resources include emergency housing assistance from N2N grants, support groups referrals to free legal aid, assistance for new parents and babies, and much more. They are located at 96 Fair Street. Call (203) 458-6699.

New Haven Catholic Charities has several services as well as assistance programs. They include child Development and Learning Centers; Emergency Financial Assistance for Rent, Utilities or Food; Parent Education; Disability Resources; Behavioral Health and more. More on Catholic Charities New Haven Country.

New Haven free Christmas and holiday assistance is distributed from organizations in local towns and cities. Non-profits like the Salvation Army or local churches offer help in the form of meals, food, groceries, toys, Christmas gifts, and more. Seniors may also get home delivered meals. More information on free holiday help in New Haven.

Independence Northwest - Center For Independent Living Of NW Connecticut provides 18-24 months of rent assistance for New Haven families with HIV/AIDs. Other assistance includes housing search assistance, advocacy, and limited financial assistance for security deposits, rent, and expenses involved in setting up households. Get information on government benefits and medical care. 1183 New Haven Road, Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770-5033. Dial (203) 729-3299.





Sistahood Life Support Services only offers support for women impacted by a divorce, even including now single mothers. Housing programs can include rent, mortgage payment, or security deposit fee assistance. They also offer free food and help in locating a permanent home or apartment to live in. Other assistance can be funds for paying utilities bills, home repairs, loans, or vouchers for basic needs. 364 West Rock Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. Email is Or find single mother rent help.

New Haven Social Services - This government agency offers resource including free food, housing, and medical and health care. Case workers can even help people find a job, or improve their skills from job training programs. Click more details public assistance programs in New Haven County.

Salvation Army has centers in the region, including in Waterbury and New Haven. The locations are part of the wider New England organization and offer numerous social services as well as emergency assistance to the working poor, seniors, and low income families. While financial help for rent or utility bills is rare, it may be offered.

Other programs include free food, shelter, Christmas assistance, free back school supplies, clothing, and homeless prevention. There may also be furniture and items sold at a thrift store. Read Salvation Army New Haven assistance programs.

Foreclosure counseling and mortgage help

Neighborhood Works New Horizon ((800) 270-7517) is a New Haven based HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency. They also offer Mortgage Foreclosure Assistance and Debt Reduction Programs.

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America also offers local HUD approved foreclosure prevention and mortgage programs. They can refer people to state of Connecticut foreclosure prevention programs too. Read more, or dial (888) 297-5568. Or find mortgage assistance in Connecticut.

Food pantries, soup kitchens and free grocery centers

Bethel AME Church Food Pantry - Church based food pantry that provides food on the third Saturday of a month. (203) 865-0514

Fish of Greater New Haven ((203) 503-0106) - This organization delivers a bag of nonperishable food and groceries year-round once per 30 days to New Haven or East Haven residents who are homebound or they deliver free food to New Haven residents in need who are without access to food pantries or soup kitchens.

Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen is a church sponsored emergency food pantry and soup kitchen for New Haven residents. Dial (203) 777-8744

If you need free food or meals and need help, a number of other food pantries operate in the area. there are also soup kitchens and government benefits to feed families with a low income or in poverty. Find a listing free New Haven County food banks.

Community health clinics in New Haven

Several medical and dental clinics are listed below. They work to help immigrants, the low income and/or uninsured get the care they need. However there is also other medical bill help, including even such things as coupons that pay for prescription medications.

Cornell Scott Hill Health Center - Dixwell Health Center offers community-based health care services to children, adults, and older adults regardless of ability to pay. Medical and bills will be based on a sliding fee scale, and based on the patients income. Dial (203) 503-3420

Fair Haven Community Health Center ((203) 777-7411) is a federally funded health center that provides preventative health as well as primary medical care services for all ages. Services are provided to patients regardless of ability to pay. Offers a special program for diabetes care. Other services offered include health screenings (including HIV and STD testing) and counseling, family planning, and school based health clinics. Dial (203) 777-7411.

Haven Free Clinic (dial (203) 314-9305) is a free clinic provides primary medical care, wellness education, and help with getting health insurance. There may also be direct help paying medical bills. Learn about such options as finding medical bill errors.

The list above is a sampling of the community clinics to call or apply at in New Haven Connecticut for assistance with health care. It is important to note that a number of other free or low cost health and dental centers operate in the region. Find more free community clinics in New Haven.







Free legal aid

New Haven Legal Assistance Association is a law firm that offers legal services, including free advice, brief service, policy advocacy, and civil representation for eligible low income residents of the Greater New Haven, the Shoreline areas, as well as Lower Naugatuck Valley. Free legal services provided on family and child cases involving divorce, custody and support, foreclosure counseling, domestic violence issues; special education and other children's rights issues.

The Association will also help address consumer debt and predatory lending, housing matters, such as evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, and discrimination matters; elderly rights issues; unemployment, benefit assistance and employment cases; and persons with disabilities issues. Dial (800) 453-3320, or click here to learn more on CT free legal programs.


By Jon McNamara

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