Community Resources

As the Coronavirus outbreak impacts daily life for everyone in the region, United Way of Greater New Haven is working with partners to gather the latest information on available resources for those in need during this time. This list will be updated regularly.

Help Today. Hope for Tomorrow.

Interested in the programs listed below? Please contact each organization directly for inquiries, up-to-date information, and availability.

For more information on Coronavirus, or best practices to prevent the spread of the Virus, you can visit the CDC website.

If you have an urgent need, please call 2-1-1 to get connected to services in our community.

Click here to learn about candidates in local and national elections.

Get information on upcoming election dates and registration deadlines.

Click here for CT voting info.

Click here to register to vote.

Use your community organization’s reach to encourage voter engagement. Click here to view resources. 

Click here to read Governor Lamont’s latest statements on the state’s Coronavirus response. 

Click here for information on Connecticut’s second phase of reopening.

The New Haven Early Childhood Council has provided a collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist homeschool curriculum ideas and resources for families impacted by closures caused by the coronavirus. Click here to view resources.

Carnegie Hall celebrates the resourcefulness and resilience of music educators around the world who work with students in classrooms, as well as online through a range of distance-learning platforms and technologies.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute provides a wealth of digital programs and resources for educators to use free of charge. Click here to learn more.

Particularly during this time of daily and sustained stress because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth giving some thought to how we can bring our best selves to testing times in life. Prepare yourself and your family for emotional fires. Click here to read more.

ELLoquently focuses on helping students of all ages improve their English skills in speaking, reading, and writing.

ELLoquently tutors are trained by English professors with extensive experience teaching English and writing. Students can meet with tutors for hourly, one-on-one sessions over Zoom every week.

For more info, click here

Students and patrons can access the Connecticut State Library’s eAudio and eBook collection from RBDigital!

Visit RBDigital and select the register option on the right side of the page and follow these simple steps:

  • Create a username and password and use ctstatelib20 for the access code.
  • Provide first name, last name, e-mail, and postal code.
  • Check the box to accept the terms of service and privacy policy and click on the register button. 

The Birth to Three System is accepting referrals during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. If you are worried about your child’s development, call Birth to Three (1-800-505-7000) for a remote Early Intervention Evaluation. For more information, click here.

Para ver más información en español, clic aquí.

A list of online learning resources to supplement students learning while kept home from school. Click here for the list.

Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint. Click here for more information. 

The website is created and maintained by the AFT-American Federation of Teachers and is free to teachers and parents. Lesson plans on all topics and ages, support for subjects needing further explanation, social emotional support and Coronavirus explanations, and more. Click here for more.

NAFSCE will be hosting a webinar Wednesday (3/25) that will bring together several national organizations to update the field on their response to recent developments and the resources they will make available. 

Also, NAFSCE is offering complimentary memberships to everyone through July 1st 2020.

Finally, you can find a list of educational tools and resources they have compiled here

The Whitney Water Center Online Learning Series is a free online educational opportunity for students to learn about science. RWA’s water science educator engages young minds through hands-on experiments they can do right from home. It’s like a virtual field trip! Click here for more.

Resources from the Connecticut State Department of Education to support student learning during school closures due to Coronavirus. Click here to view.

For infants and toddlers, we know that they will pick up on anxiety in the adults who are caring for them. Click here for resources on how to inform young children about Coronavirus.

Children pick up on grownup feelings. When children have questions, it is important for your responses to be honest and developmentally appropriate for your child. This sometimes can be a tricky balance. Here are some suggestions to help you have that conversation. Click here for more.

Tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing. Click here for more information.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership is providing a number of resources to help mentors, parents, and caregivers talk to youth about Coronavirus. Click here to view resources.

A resource of non-academic projects that further learning. Click here for more.

Sidney Scott, a former elementary school teacher has started a newsletter to support parents and teachers through COVID-19 at-home challenges. The newsletter provides weekly home learning guidance from experienced teachers and curated, free resources to kids, ages 4-9 who are homeschooling for the first time. Use this link for more information.

United Way Worldwide is partnering with Noggin to give families 90 days of free access to all of Noggin’s content. This access is different than the free week being offered through Noggin’s public website and does not require families to enter a credit card number or any payment information.

To sign up, families can click this unique United Way.

About Noggin:

Noggin is Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers. It includes brain-boosting content such as Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Blues Clues and Rusty Rivets.

Support small businesses and eateries by sharing information regarding local establishments offering delivery and/or carryout for customers. You can input information directly into the table. Click here to view this list or to help populate it.

Pantry hours and requirements are different for many programs. It is always best to call the program before you visit.

Click here to locate a pantry near you.

Click here for the mobile pantry schedule.

Through March 31st, Elm City Market will be providing free delivery for all online orders. Use code HomeStay at checkout for free shipping. Click here for more information.

SNAP Call Center for assistance with applications, redeterminations, myconneCT account questions, and any other SNAP-related inquiries. For more information click here

You can also call: 860-974-7627

Do you need help feeding yourself or your family? Pantry to Pantry offers home deliveries from food pantries to your home! Click here for more.

Call or Text: 888-910-2960
or email at [email protected]

A representative will get back to you in either English or Spanish to set up a day and time to get your free food delivered once a week. Please note you will need access to a phone and you will need to provide a delivery address.

NEW HAVEN

Beginning on Monday, June 22, free grab & go meals will be available on weekdays to students age 18 and younger.

Click here for locations and details. 

HAMDEN

Click here for meal distribution sites and information.

STATEWIDE

CT Federation of Food Administrators – Click here for more resources throughout the state of Connecticut.

Food In Service to the Homebound (F.I.S.H.) delivers groceries to residents of Greater New Haven who are both homebound and experiencing food insecurity. For more information, click here.

Click here for an extensive guide of food resources in Hamden.

We recommend calling ahead to ensure that the pantry you will visit is open.

Introducing a Summer pop-up food pantry in the Hamden community from July to August.

WHERE: 1953 and 1935 State St, Hamden
WHEN: Every Monday morning in July and August 2020 from 10-11am

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Everyone is welcome to come and receive a variety of free food provided by St. Ann’s Pantry and United Way of Greater New Haven. For everyone’s safety, please wear your masks and practice social distancing when you arrive. Volunteers will provide you with a bag of food.

For more, click here.

Despensa Gratis en Hamden

Presentando una despensa de verano gratis en el pueblo de Hamden

DÓNDE: 1953 y 1935 State St, Hamden CUANDO: Cada lunes en julio y agosto 2020 de 10-11am

QUE TIENEN QUE SABER:

Todos son bienvenidos a venir y recibir una variedad de comida gratis proporcionado por St. Ann’s Pantry y United Way of Greater New Haven. Por la seguridad de todos, por favor usen las mascarillas y practiquen el distanciamiento social cuando lleguen. Voluntarios les darán una bolsa de comida.

Para mas, presione aquí.

Financial assistance is available on a case by case basis to help with rental assistance and security deposits. The program is available to residents in New Haven or Greater Bridgeport as long as they have Husky and are NOT receiving cash assistance. For more information, call 203 – 626 – 1562.

Support local farms and purchase fresh produce. Click here to find out more. 

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of New Haven is focused on making sure our most vulnerable residents continue to have reliable access to food. City staff have been working diligently to organize, collaborate, and communicate with various food resource providers across sectors and geographies to ensure that efforts to maintain food provisions are synchronized, informed, and efficient. We are doing our part to identify the needs and concerns of residents and providers and are constantly assessing our capabilities to support and fulfill those needs. Click here for more.

For a food resource map, click here.

Click here for an extensive guide of food resources in New Haven.

Be sure to call ahead to ensure that the pantries are open. 

For a full list of Food pantries, text Nhfoodlist to 833-675-0717.

Sanctuary Kitchen is offering curbside pick up and meal delivery. Click here to find out more.

You can also order prepared meals from Grand Apizza in New Haven. Click here for more information.

Sopa New Haven is a food resource service offering ready to heat soups to the Greater New Haven area. Click here for more.

The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced that online food purchasing for SNAP beneficiaries is tentatively scheduled to begin on  June 2. This service will be available at select stores. For more information, click here.

Participating food retailers to start are Amazon, including Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh; Walmart stores; and Wakefern Food Corp., and ShopRite. Below are the stores within the Greater New Haven region where this new service will be offered:

  • Walmart in New Haven
  • Shoprite in Clinton, East Haven, Hamden, and Orange.

For the complete list of stores, click here.

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply, click here.

If you’re a bartender who has been affected by the Coronavirus, you can apply for this emergency fund. Click here for more.

Congress’s latest coronavirus relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and will allocate $2.2 trillion in support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. Many people have questions about how the new law impacts their families and businesses. Click here for more information on the CARES Act.

The State has a webpage designed to help consumers watch out for people taking advantage of this crisis via price-gouging and scams. Click here to find out more.

Even if you did not file your taxes, you may still be eligible for the Economic Impact payment. To find out, you must complete this form.

For more information, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about fair housing protection, or believe you have experienced discrimination in housing, please call the Center at (860) 247-4400 or (888) 247-4401 (toll free), or write to us at [email protected]. For more information, click here.

An extensive guide with a variety of resources for people who are facing home foreclosure due to financial hardship.

Individuals in the process of preparing their Connecticut income tax  returns (Form CT-1040 – due April 15) should be advised that DRS will adjust due dates for filing and payment of state income taxes to align with any specific, actionable announcement from the Internal Revenue Service regarding due dates for the filing and payment of federal income taxes.

Click here for updates.

Click here for contact information and regulations.

An overview of federal and state programs that help parents and other workers who suddenly find themselves out of work, sick with the virus, or needing to care for others who are ill, or to care for their children because schools are closed. Click here for more.

Upsolve is a nonprofit that helps low-income families with severe debt get a fresh start. To get debt help, click here.

If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can file for unemployment benefits. Click here for more information.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

During this crisis, internet providers are doing something unprecedented — offering free or discounted internet options for students and low-income households. We’re breaking down the big players and their resources for students. Click here for more.

If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply below for temporary assistance through the fund. For more information, click here.

Governor Ned Lamont announced that Summer, a social enterprise that assists student loan borrowers, is providing Connecticut residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with free assistance managing their student loans. For more information, click here. 

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Click here for more information.

Comcast recently announced that it will extend the below-listed commitments for Xfinity customers through June 30th to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis:

 

  • No Disconnects and Waiving Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Mobile, or Xfinity Voice service, and we will waive late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams are available to offer flexible payment options or help find other solutions.

 

  • Xfinity Wi-Fi Free for Everyone: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in business and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

 

  • Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans to give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

 

  • Internet Essentials: Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. We are extending our offer of 60 days of complimentary service for new customers that sign up by June 30th. Internet Essentials is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. In addition to the 60 days of complimentary service, Comcast is also temporarily offering amnesty to low-income households who would otherwise qualify for Internet Essentials but have a past due balance that is less than a year old. Comcast will offer amnesty for that debt for the purpose of connecting to Internet Essentials, so long as the customer meets all the other eligibility criteria. For more information, visit www.internetessentials.com.

 

 

For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit any of the below-listed links:

 

  • Network Performance Website: Information about Comcast’s network, the steps taken to ensure reliability, and additional measures Comcast is taking to keep everyone connected can be found here: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19/network  

 

Click here for more information

KeyBank is offering a checkless, online bank account with no monthly fees. This account is easy-to-use and comes with a chip-secure debit card and secure mobile banking. Click here to learn more.

If you’re struggling to find and pay for child care during COVID-19 — and you’re a frontline worker, like a health care, child care, or grocery worker — this short-term program can help. It offers payments directly to child care providers, so your child gets the care they need and you’re able to work. Click here for more information.

To help households in need pay their water bills, the RWA offers grants of up to $175 through its Residential Water Assistance Program to customers living at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Income Level. Click here for more information.

Apply for an emergency grant for artist. Please note that grants will only be award to those infected with the virus and require intense medical care. For more, click here. 

Neighborhood Trust, a New York-based non-profit organization, has provided expert financial guidance for low-to-moderate-income Americans for 25 years. TrustPlus, its financial coaching service, provides one-on-one support for clients, delivered online and by phone. TrustPlus combines a human connection with action-oriented tools. Its goal is to help people solve short-term financial challenges in a confidential, non-judgmental setting. For more information, click here.

To learn more about ALICE Saves, click here.

Connecticut officials have banned utilities from shutting off services to customers amid concerns about coronavirus. The utilities order applies to all electric, natural gas and water companies in the state. The Public Utility Regulatory Authority said it will be in effect during the public health and civil preparedness emergencies declared by Gov. Ned Lamont.

Click here for more information.

Curious about how your sick time and leave has been effected by the Coronavirus pandemic? Click here for more information.

The Governor announced that he is opening up disaster relief funding for small businesses and nonprofits.  These organizations can apply for low interest loans of up to $2 million. Click here for more.

Still need to file your 2019 taxes? Hamden High’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is operating remotely to help low and moderate income taxpayers file their taxes.

  • Click here to this secure, encrypted and IRS-approved site
  • Answer a short set of questions
  • Take pictures of your tax documents
  • Upload them from your photos file to send them to your tax preparer

Questions? Email [email protected]

Hamden High VITA is a collaboration of the town of Hamden/Hamden Public Schools, United Way of Greater New Haven and a dedicated team of local, IRS-certified volunteers.

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For the most recent updates on Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site closings, please call 2-1-1.

Alternative filing assistance options: 

Funding sources to help artists and arts organizations. For more information, click here.

The New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund will distribute immediate financial assistance to individual creatives and arts institutions most impacted by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). This is a partnership between the City of New Haven’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Click here for more.

Click the link below for help understanding Connecticut’s unemployment benefits. 

For more information, click here.

Access Health CT announced a NEW Special Enrollment Period for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents. 

For more information, click here.

You can participate in virtual yoga class hosted on Facebook live. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am. Click here for more information.

They are also hosting virtual Qi Gong classes on Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7pm. Click here for more information.

You can also participate in an online Meditative Coloring Class on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm.  Click here for more information.

There is also a Qi Gong and tea class on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30am via zoom.

Meeting ID: 735 219 697

Dial In: 646 876 9923

You can find other digital social support connection options here.

Guidelines provided by the CDC about how to protect yourself and what you should do if you think that you are sick. Click here for more.

Guidance, recommendations, and resources are provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts. Click here for more.

Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 (coronavirus) they are also providing information and resources to best help you and your family. Click here for their resource guide.

Anyone experiencing symptoms must consult with their medical provider first, and then they could be referred for testing and can make an appointment at one of these facilities. Click here for a testing location near you.

Tools for crisis support and intervention, managing anxiety, mindfulness and movement, ways to share art and stories, support for children and teens, and resources in Spanish. Click here for more.

During this challenging period due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Diaper Bank of Connecticut (TDB of CT) has been working diligently to continue distributing diapers directly to families. If you or someone you know needs diapers, use The Diaper Bank of Connecticut Directory. Please note that changes in distribution dates and times may occur as the current situation evolves. Click here for more.

Pills2Me is an organization that delivers prescription medicines to those who are vulnerable from their pharmacy to their house within 2 hours for free. For more information, click here

Mental health activities and practices. Click here to read more.

“Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and Education Resources for Kids and Teens”, includes articles, guides, videos, and more to help parents, teachers, professionals, and children and teens themselves to assist in social, academic, behavioral, and emotional development. Click here for more.

The Parent and Family Development Program, an outpatient community-based mental
health clinic for parents to support their own mental health and wellness. The purpose of the
program is to help adults be successful parents by focusing on their own wellbeing. For more information, click here.

Yale New Haven Health established a call center to respond to questions about Covid-19, give assessments to patients by phone or video, and determine whether someone needs to be tested.

There will be a weekly women’s group using Zoom – open to all women for socialization, support, resilience.

The group meets on Mondays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm.

Dial In: 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 808 331 737

 

There is also a biweekly men’s group every other Sunday from 6pm to 8pm using zoom.

The group will meet on: 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, and 5/31.

Dial In: 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 809 960 273

In response to a rise in reports of racism and discrimination against API communities as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) convened the Equity Subcommittee on Addressing Discrimination and Racism to help support local health departments in advancing a welcoming and inclusive framework within their own jurisdictions and across Southern California. Click here for more.

DreamKit is an app that supports youth under 25 who are either unstably housed or at risk of unstable housing. DreamKit’s goal is to share virtual activities so youth can remain productive during quarantine, and these activities are meant to help youth build personal, professional, educational, and social skills. These online activities range from articles about financial management to videos about stress coping. All activities are created by the DreamKit team or other New Haven youth serving agencies. DreamKit members receive $5 gift cards for completing online activities, and build profiles that reflect their progress to be shared with employers, landlords, and mentors. Overall, DreamKit connects youth with virtual resources, rewards their growth, and shares their progress with the community. Click here for more. 

For information regarding Emergency Preparedness Resources for Persons from Diverse Cultural Origins, click here.

For information regarding how Federal civil rights laws apply in an emergency, click here.

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with the developers of the How We Feel app in an effort to anonymously provide scientists with critical health information needed to understand the spread of COVID-19. Available to download for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store, it is supported by a nonprofit organization and does not require logging in or the sharing of any personal details, such as name or email address. To learn more, click here.

A warm line is a number you can call that will direct you to the resources or services you
need. When you call Reach Out Connecticut at 1-844-TALK-4-CT you will be connected with a
trained professional. Our operators are experienced in providing mental health guidance and
can connect you to outsourced hotlines or agencies if needed.

For more info, click here.

We must be mindful of all segments of the community and taking reasonable steps to provide an equal opportunity to benefit from emergency response efforts, including making reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities as required by law, will help ensure that the emergency response is successful and minimizes stigmatization. For more information, click here.

AbuseLawsuit.com seeks to bring awareness to issues surrounding child sexual abuse and extend information and resources to abuse survivors amid the global pandemic. 

Click here for help. 

2-1-1 Connecticut’s new online resource guide can help communities #LiveUnited! Staying connected to coronavirus-related information and available help can be challenging. Information is changing rapidly, families and businesses are struggling, and some traditional services are not currently operating. For an extended list of resources, click here.

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