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Tolland County assistance programs.

Find help with paying rent, government assistance programs, grants for paying utility bills or deposits and other support in Tolland County. There are churches, charities, and social service offices that assist low income families and the poor. Also find free day care vouchers, clothes, school supplies food as well as groceries from pantries, and other one time or long term financial aid in Tolland Connecticut. Also, during the holiday, free Christmas toys and food is provided.

Help with bills, debt, foreclosure assistance, and free food

Town of Vernon Social Services - Serves as a local/intake center for CEAP and Operation Fuel heating and energy assistance. Also, operates a private fuel bank for  the low income. Dial (860) 896-2375.

Access Community Action Agency - Numerous programs are offered by the local Tolland County Connecticut community action agency. They include the services and resources listed here.

  • Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention - The primary goal of this service is to help low to moderate income residents, the working poor, and unemployed who are at risk of homelessness, who are facing a foreclosure or facing an eviction because they are unable to pay their monthly rent or past due mortgage payments. Some of the techniques and services provided include foreclosure mediation, conflict resolution, landlord/tenant mediation, and an applicant may also be eligible to get payments provided by a Connecticut - funded rent-bank that is currently administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS). Read more on Connecticut foreclosure assistance programs.
  • Food Bank assistance program - This is a last resort type program, and it is currently available to help families and individuals who find themselves in an emergency situation where they run a risk of being without food. Tolland County residents should not go hungry with this free food resources available to them.
  • Heating and energy bill assistance - The Energy Bill Assistance Program was created to help offset high winter heating costs and bills for low-income residents. The program is in effect during the winter. In addition to providing help for paying the winter heating bills, households will also have disconnection prevention in place, so their power can’t be turned off during the winter months.




  • Information and counseling - One of the primary benefits of a community action agency is they can advise people on various government programs, local charities, non-profit, and in general where they can turn to for help. For example, lease about how to get Connecticut free legal advice and other assistance.

Access Community Action Agency helps Rockville and Tolland Connecticut families, and can be reached at (860) 450-7452.

Hockanum Valley Community Council - The non-profit runs a food pantry for low income and the working poor residents of Vernon, Ellington, and Tolland Connecticut.

Consumer Credit Counseling / Money Management - Phone number (888) 845-5669. They help people deal with mortgage and debt issues. The non-profit is a Foreclosure/Mortgage Delinquency and Loss Mitigation Counseling Agency. Other services offered include debt management plans, confidential financial counseling, budget counseling, HUD approved housing counseling and medical and credit card debt management services. Read more on assistance from debt management plans.

East Hartford Community Healthcare - The center is a low cost or free community health center that offers primary health care and services for all ages. Some care may be offered on a sliding fee scale which can benefit the low income and uninsured. Services offered by the clinic are provided regardless of the patients health insurance status; however, patients may be billed for their medical bills if unable to pay at time of treatment or their service. Call (860) 896-1616.





Community Renewal Team, or CRT, is another community action agency for the Tolland County region. There are programs for housing needs, including rent help, eviction prevention services, mediation, and fund for paying security deposits. Another key focus is on assisting with heating and energy bills, especially during the winter.

The agency will also help feed seniors and children from low income families using food pantries or home delivered meals. CRT also runs Veterans Reintegration Programs, provides job training and credit counseling, and can advise homeowners that are facing a foreclosure. Case managers can also help families apply for government benefits such as SNAP food stamps or maybe SSDI disability. More Community Renewal Team.

By Jon McNamara

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