2-1-1 Community Connection

March 2013


Message from
Richard Porth
United Way of Connecticut
United Way Common Good Forecaster
Educational attainment is linked to many aspects of life. More education leads to better economic opportunities, and often to better health and increased life expectancy. To quantify the impact education has on a community, United Way Worldwide developed the Common Good Forecaster. The Forecaster helps to show what might happen in a community if educational outcomes improved. Driven by social science and observed data, it links changes in education to health, financial stability, community involvement and education results for the next generation. For updated state and county level data for Connecticut, click here.
Winter Heating Assistance Ending
Winter is drawing to a close and so are many heating assistance programs. Governor Dannel Malloy is reminding residents to apply for CEAP or CHAP if they need assistance with deliverable fuel costs by March 15. That is also the deadline for applying for assistance from Operation Fuel (OF). OF will take applications for all utility sources through March 15. OF will close after the 15th and re-open for applications on April 29th. The Citizens Energy Oil Heat program (Joe 4 Oil) has already closed for the season. 2-1-1 has received close to 17,000 calls from residents seeking energy assistance since November. Click here for Governor Malloy's press release on heating assistance. Visit the 2-1-1 eLibrary for more information on utility assistance programs.  


Still Time to get Tax Prep Help

Need help filing your income taxes or finding out it you qualify for the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC)? 2-1-1 has a full listing of IRS, AARP and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites around Connecticut. Click here to find a site and for information about EITC. 
 2012 EITC English


Incentives for Job  Creation


The Connecticut Department of Labor is offering incentives to small companies to hire new employees and to create jobs. Step Up offers wage subsidies and training grant incentives and is open to employers with fewer than 100 employees. Companies of any size can take part in the Step Up program for veterans. For more information click here.  

DOL Step Up 

New  Federal Poverty Guidlines - Federal poverty guidelines help determine eligibility for many local, state and federal programs including SNAP, HUSKY and energy assistance. Click here for the new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Connecticut will implement the new guidelines on April 1, 2013.


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