Assistance During Covid 19 Pandemic for Residents and Businesses

For Residents

Posted 7/21/2020

Notice of  PURA-mandated COVID-19 Payment Program that our state-regulated electric, gas and water utilities must offer to both residential and non-residential customers.

Notice that the Residential and Non-Residential Shut Off Moratorium ends on Sept. 9th.

For more information:

Guidance for Residential Customers Struggling with Utility Bills: Information on COVID-19 Payment Program

Guidance for Non-Residential Customers Struggling with Utility Bills: Information on COVID-19 Payment Program

 

 

Posted 5/19

The American Red Cross has launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

People can visit redcross.org/VFAC to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to community resources provided by partners in their area. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but especially for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19,” said Valerie Cole, Ph.D. Manager, Individual Disaster Care for the Red Cross. “Not only have these families experienced the unexpected passing of a loved one, but they are also facing additional challenges caused by this public health emergency. We want them to know that the Red Cross is here to provide compassion and support as they grieve.”

Many families have experienced a disrupted bereavement and grief process due to restrictions related to COVID-19. To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers who are:

·         Connecting with families over the phone to offer condolences, support and access to resources that may be available

·         Providing support for virtual memorial services for families, including connecting with local faith-based community partners

·         Hosting online classes to foster resilience and facilitate coping skills

·         Sharing information and referrals to state and local agencies as well as other community organizations including legal resources for estate, custody, immigration or other issues

All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential and free.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Mario Bruno, CEO
American Red Cross
Connecticut and Rhode Island


Posted 4/27

CHR has launched a new resource called the HERO HOTLINE888-217-HERO. This resource is available to anyone who is struggling, including:

·       Frontline heroes: healthcare providers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery providers and other essential employees

·       Family-members and friends of front line employees who are worried about their health and safety

·       Anyone who is grieving after losing a loved-one during the crisis

·       Anyone who is struggling during this crisis. We are all in this together and are all heroes as we help each other during this difficult time.

Professionals from throughout CHR are helping to answer the hotline 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in an effort to reach as many people as possible, including those who work weekend or evening shifts. The HERO HOTLINE will:

·       Connect callers with a CHR professional who is trained in the treatment of Acute Stress Reaction and other conditions related to prolonged stress and anxiety. The call is free and provides an opportunity for confidential debriefing and coaching.


“From when to file weekly claims to whether you can get an extension, your Connecticut unemployment questions answered” Hartford Courant article

United Way Fund Offering $200 Electronic Cash Cards to Eligible Residents

The Neighbors for Neighbors Fund administered by the United Ways of Southeastern Connecticut, Northeastern and Central Connecticut, is designed to “support the most pressing community needs from COVID-19.” The fund is part of the Connecticut United Ways Statewide COVID-19 Response Fund, created with funding from major corporations and donations from the public.

The program provides one-time $200 electronic wallet cash cards to the smartphones of qualifying low-income working families and individuals in the category called ALICE — Asset Limited Income Constrained, Working — who have suffered job loss, reduction of hours or other financial hardships during the COVID-19 emergency.

Applicants must meet four criteria: meet ALICE income range of $15,000 to $24,000 for individuals, $32,750 to $75,200 for families, lost a job, had hours greatly reduced or are homebound or caring for others during COVID-19 shutdown, reside in the town assigned to the agency and have a working smartphone to receive the electronic cash card.

Voluntown residents who meet the four criteria listed above may apply through the Catholic Charities in Norwich @ 860-889-8346

The above is from a 4/15/20 article in the Day. Read full Day article here. 


Restaurant  Strong: Grants for Restaurant Workers

To qualify for grant assistance, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:
  • Completed Application Form
  • Full-time employees (Minimum of 30 hours total per week, can be multiple restaurants)
  • Employed for 3 months or longer at the same location
  • Worked in a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub located in CT.
  • Submit the last two full-time (30 hour) pay stubs

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program for Veterans, Active Service Members, and Reserves and Nation Guard

Below is a link to information about the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program from the PenFed Foundation, which may provide financial relief to Veterans, active military service members, and those serving in the Reserves and the National Guard. This fund can support expenses like rent, mortgages, auto loans/leases, and utilities. Please note, all checks will be sent directly to the creditor or landlord after the grant is approved. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household.

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program


Veterans and Caregivers Can Get Free Facebook Portal Smart Devices

Please see the link below for more information. This is first come, first serve.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/15/veterans-and-caregivers-can-get-free-facebook-portal-smart-devices.html


DAV’s Covid-19 Unemployment Relief

Disabled American Veterans, DAV, will provide a $250.00 payment to any service-connected disabled veteran. It is on a first come, first serve basis to veterans who are laid off due to the virus. Info can be found here:  https://www.dav.org/COVIDrelief/

For more information on Veterans’s Services, please visit the page on the website. 


For Business Owners

The Economic Development Commission has a list of resources for small businesses on their website it is updated frequently. Visit here.