United Way and 2-1-1United Way of Connecticut 
2-1-1 Community Connection

January 2013

Message from Richard J. Porth
President/CEO, United Way of Connecticut  
Earned Income Tax Credits

The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit has long been regarded as one of the most effective poverty-reduction programs in the United States. It provides tax refunds for low- and middle-income working families allowing those families to reduce debt, save for the future or invest in a home or education. In addition, Connecticut has a state EITC that is equal to 30% of the federal tax credit. For more information about EITC and to find free tax preparation assistance, dial 2-1-1 or click here.

 2012 EITC English
Flu is "Widespread"  
in Connecticut  
Nationwide, we are in the midst of one of the worst flu seasons in several years. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has classified flu activity in the state as "widespread" with over 2,460 cases identified and over 460 hospitalizations in the past few weeks. Health officials say vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu and it is not too late to get a flu shot. Click here to find a flu shot location near you. For more information on this year's flu, visit the 2-1-1 eLibrary, the Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control.


2-1-1 Call & Web Visits - 2012 

United Way 2-1-1 responded to over 419,000 calls in 2012. Top requests for services were for housing and utility assistance. Click here for the top 15 requests statewide, by town and by United Way area.
Search the 2-1-1 database and eLibrary online at www.211ct.org. Top searches in 2012 were for health insurance and basic needs reources.
Free Foreclosure Clinics

Homeowners facing foreclosure can attend free foreclosure prevention clinics in Hartford and Fairfield counties. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center sessions offer information on the foreclosure mediation process and access to legal assistance. Click the links above for dates and locations.


Fair Housing 

For Severe Cold Weather information and resources click here


Need heating assistance? Click here for more information.
If you rent your housing, read the new 2-1-1 eLibrary paper on the importance of 
Renter's Insurance

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The mission of the United Way of Connecticut is to help meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education and connection to services.

For more information, contact Maria Dynia at maria.dynia@ctunitedway.org


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