2-1-1 Community Connection

July 2013

Message from
Richard Porth
President/CEO, United Way of Connecticut  
Connecticut's Department of Social Services is in the midst of launching a strategic plan to ensure accessibility to many long-term care resources that help older adults and those with disabilities remain in their homes. Part of that plan has been the development of, an interactive website designed to provide information on long-term care resources including health and transportation services, in-home care resources and more. For more information, visit   
Summer Food Sites Open!  
To ensure that children have access to free, nutritious meals during the summer months, there are over 400 summer food sites now open around the state. These sites typically serve over 35,000 children up to age 17 each summer. The goal is to increase that number since there are over 150,000 children eligible for free and reduced meals during the school year. To find a summer food site, dial 2-1-1 or visit the End Hunger CT! Summer Food Location Finder.
Summer Food    


2-1-1 Calls & Web Visits at a Glance

In fiscal year 2013, United Way
2-1-1 handled over 450,000 calls resulting in over 586,000 requests for services. Top requests were for housing, utility assistance and mental health care. registered over 670,000 visits. Top searches were for basic need resources. Click here for the top requests in Connecticut or in each town or United Way area.


New State Median Income Guidelines
New State Median Income (SMI) guidelines went into effect on
July 1. The guidelines help determine eligibility for various local and state programs including energy assistance. 
Click here for more information.

The Connecticut Department of Social Services has a new
 statewide Client Information and Benefits Center Line.

Dial 1-855-626-6632 (1-855-6-CONNECT)

to reach a DSS regional office.

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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.

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