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HRA hopes to it can find a way to keep food pantry going

cafca | July 06, 2017 |

A lack of funding from the city, and ultimately the federal government, is a looming concern for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. In May, the Common Council finalized the city’s plan to distribute money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, allocating almost $2 million in funding to numerous organizations and programs that benefit low-income people. Every year, the city receives federal funds and distributes these funds to local organizations through Community Development Block Grants and HOME programs.

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HRA, IRS discuss city's financial education services

CAFCA | September 14, 2016 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday hosted representatives from the Internal Revenue Service to detail what HRA calls “a holistic approach to financial capability.”

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80 percent of Head Starters ready to enter kindergarten

cafca | July 07, 2016 |

More than 80 percent of Head Start/School Readiness preschoolers enrolled at the Human Re­­sources Agency of New Britain are suitably prepared to enter kindergarten next fall, the organization said Thursday. The data show 170 of HRA’s 212 four-year-olds meet or exceed expectations for school readiness, said Rocco Tricarico, executive director of HRA.

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Community participates in recognizing Dr. Suess

CAFCA | April 05, 2016 |

City police officers Barry Hertzler and Brandon Lanza took time out from their beat Thursday to read books by Dr. Seuss to two preschool classes at the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. The officers were among the community leaders to participate in the annual HRA Head Start/School Readiness celebration of Dr. Seuss Reading Week.

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Senator Murphy impressed by YouthBuild projects

CAFCA | September 15, 2015 |

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., connected with participants in the city’s YouthBuild program Friday morning, surveying three homes in progress on Willow Street.

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Preschool graduates ready to reach higher

CAFCA | August 18, 2015 |

Eighteen 4- and 5-year-old students walked in their first commencement ceremony Friday afternoon while graduating from the 51st class of the Benjamin Franklin preschool program of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain.

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HRA Helps Couple out of Poverty

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

A local couple who struggled with poverty a decade ago has become a success story for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. Sheila Fuster and Luis Ortiz are New Britain natives, now living in Hartford, who faced a string of difficult circumstances in the mid-2000s.

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HRA to encourage savings

cafca | February 24, 2015 |

Lower-income households may lack emergency savings, but help is on the way. The Human Resource Agency of New Britain, as part of the Connecticut Saves Campaign, will extend its message of encouragement to even more families in central Connecticut. The campaign, coordinated by UConn Extension, is encouraging families and individuals to save money. According to a 2014 National Survey Assessing Household Savings, most Americans may be meeting immediate financial needs, but are worse off than in years past.

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HRA Teens Build Their Own Scholarship Fund

CAFCA | November 19, 2014 |

Thirteen teens learned how much it costs to live this past summer – the price of food, clothing, housing, transportation and other necessities. They also learned about credit and debt; saving and managing money and how their career choices will impact their budget. Asfia Qutub realized that “…life as an adult is complicated but knowing how to save and manage money should make it easier.” The teens now understand the difference between buying what they want vs. buying what they need and how to improvise.

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New Computer Lab Helping to Streamline Agencies: Collaboration between HRA, BCO, and TEAM

CAFCA | October 30, 2013 |

A new state-of-the-art computer lab will launch technology sharing that will streamline three community action agencies. Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA), Bristol Community Organization (BCO) and Derby-based TEAM (Training, Education and Manpower) will leverage their IT and human resource functions using technology to overcome geographical borders. The new computer lab is only the first step, said HRA’s Executive Director Rocco Tricario.

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