2-1-1 Community Connection

August 2013

CT Recovers
Message from
Richard Porth
United Way of Connecticut
Disaster Recovery Website for Connecticut is Launched
Governor Malloy has announced the launch of a new disaster recovery website:
The site will serve as a one-stop portal for Connecticut residents, businesses and municipalities to gain information about resources such as federal and state disaster recovery grants. Connecticut residents can also obtain timely information on hot weather, cooling centers, cold weather shelters, mass care shelters, and other disaster-related resources by going to or by dialing 2-1-1 when an emergency occurs.

Summer & Winter Utility Assistance
Summer Assistance - Operation Fuel is accepting Energyapplications for the Summer Season Utility Assistance Program.  The program provides a cash grant of up to $500 (paid directly to the utility) to help income eligible households that are in an emergency situation.  Assistance is for gas or electric utilities only and specific eligibility criteria applies.

Winter Assistance - The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) has started early intake for winter heating assistance.  Applications are available through Community Action Agencies.  Assistance covers oil, gas, electric, propane, wood, coal and kerosene heat.

Dial 2-1-1 for more information on both programs.

Veteran Stand Down

Veteran Stand Down provides an opportunity for homeless and low-income veterans to receive needed assistance. The Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs will hold its annual Stand Down on September 20, 7am-3pm at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. Veterans can receive medical screenings, benefit information, employment assistance and more. Click here for more information on the Stand Down event. For the 2-1-1 Directory on veteran and military resources click here.



Back to School - Sales Tax Holiday
Families shopping for back -to-school clothing will want to take advantage of Connecticut's annual "sales tax holiday" week which will occur Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24.  Sales or purchases of clothing or footwear costing less than $300 per item are not subject to Connecticut sales and use taxes during this tax exclusion week. For further information, visit the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

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