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How to Survive the COVID-19 Financial Crisis

Financial-Related Resources

This page is intended to provide you with financial-related resources during the COVID-19 crisis.  With many getting hours cut off, or losing their jobs (even if temporarily) it puts stress on a household to pay for essential utilities, pay for mortgage or rent, and buy household items and food.  Fortunately there are great resources available that can take away some financial stress.  See below:

Information below retrieved from Medical-Legal Partnership* Link Here

To go directly to the CT DPT of Social Services Website click here.

Income Security

Public Assistance - Temporary Assistance for Needy

Families (Cash Benefits)

Applications online at:

connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp

Or call 2-1-1 for more information.

In-person interviews for cash assistance have been temporarily waived.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Applications for Unemployment Insurance Benefits online at www.filectui.com

Health Insurance

HUSKY

Applications for HUSKY, the state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs (HUSKY A & B) online at

connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp or call 2-1-1.

DSS has authorized coverage of some telemedicine services for identified health services.

Need for Health Insurance due to Loss of Employment / Meets Income Guidelines

Contact Access Health CT at 1-855-805-4325 orgo to accesshealthct.com

Utilities and Fuel Delivery

Electric and Gas Utilities

Connecticut has banned all utility shutoffs, including, gas, electricity and water, during the pendency of the crisis.

Families facing imminent shutoff notices or whose utilities were shut off should call the Public Utility Regulatory

Authority (PURA) at 1-800-382-4586.

Energy Assistance/Fuel Oil

The moratorium does not apply to fuel oil. However, Operation Fuel is still taking applications and may be reached at 860-243-2346 or by email at info@operationfuel.org

Food Security

Food Stamps (SNAP)

Applications online at connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp or call 2-1-1.

Free or Reduced-Cost Meals for Students

Schools are providing meals to students who attend their schools.

Check the websites for individual school districts to see which school will be providing meals or call 2-1-1.

Hartford Public Schools: hartfordschools.org/understanding-coronavirus

New Haven Public Schools: nhps.net/food

Bridgeport Public Schools: bridgeportedu.net

  • Mobile Food Share

Mobile Foodshare is still running so community members can continue to access food assistance.Click here to view the latest Mobile Foodshare schedule (note that some locations have cancelled). http://site.foodshare.org/site/DocServer/Mobile_Foodshare_Calendar.pdf?docID=10024   

Other resources for food during the crisis: 2-1-1 Infoline

Housing Protections

There is a suspension of all hearings, defaults and executions in Connecticut’s housing court until at least April 1, 2020 at the earliest. This means that those facing evictions may have some relief. If a patient has an eviction pending, have them call the housing session where their case is located or Statewide Legal Services for more information at (800) 453-3320.

Health and Safety Reminders

 Maximize health by eating regularly, sleeping enough, exercising, going outdoors for a little sunlight and vitamin D.

 Wash hands, and children’s hands, with soap, for 20 seconds, when coming in, before eating and also every few hours.

 Get backup medications from the pharmacy if possible for any medical issues.

 If ill, call medical office for advice; do not just show up in the emergency room without calling a doctor, unless it is literally life or death.

MLP Contact Information

MLP Director – Jay Sicklick. jsicklick@cca-ct.org (860) 570-5327 (x257)

MLP Medical Director – Ada Fenick, M.D. Ada.fenick@yale.edu (203) 688-2475

MLP at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – Bonnie Roswig Broswig@cca-ct.org (860) 545-8581

MLP at Yale-New Haven Hospital – Alice Rosenthal. arosenthal@cca-ct.org (203) 688-0113

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