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Conn.’s income growth lags behind N.Y., N.J., Census data shows

CAFCA | September 13, 2018 |

Yesterday's U.S. Census Report shows 'Connecticut, among the most unequal states in the nation, was again near the top of the list in 2017 with a so-called Gini income coefficient of 0.49. A 1.0 Gini score represents a society in which one person takes in all income, a 0.0 shows a society in which the income is spread evenly among all members.

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Journey 2 Wellness program helps people with HIV and AIDS

CAFCA | September 13, 2018 |

Curtis began taking his medication regularly after he attended the Journey 2 Wellness support program sponsored by the New Britain and Bristol Human Resources Agency. A woman said she is learning to live again thanks to the group after receiving what she thought was a death sentence when she was diagnosed with HIV years ago. Mary contracted HIV from a needle in her job as a nurse at a rehab center 38 years ago. “Because I found HRA, my life is a whole lot better,” she said.

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More families face food hardships

CAFCA | September 13, 2018 |

After several years of decline, the number of American households struggling to afford food for themselves and their families increased in 2017. According to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center, 15.7 percent of households faced food hardship in 2017, an increase from 15.1 in 2016. Until now, the rate had been declining since 2013, when it was 18.9 percent. Despite a low unemployment rate and economic growth in the U.S., Jim Weill, president of the Food Research & Action Center said people are still getting left behind and struggling to feed themselves and their loved ones.

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After years of cuts, Nonprofits struggle to survive

CAFCA | August 07, 2018 |

The term “nonprofit organization” may well be misleading. Some might think nonprofits aren’t really businesses. Ah, but they are; indeed, some are large, intricate and highly regulated businesses. Like for-profit businesses, they need revenue to execute their missions. When that revenue falls off, they must make creative and/or hard-nosed business decisions. This is the leaky boat in which many of the state’s nonprofits, particularly those under contract to provide human services to the state, find themselves.

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DSS increasing staff at its call center to combat long wait times

CAFCA | July 13, 2018 |

The commissioner of the state Department of Social Services says his agency is increasing staff at its call center to reduce long wait times. Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby wrote about the increase in staffing in a letter to a group of Medicaid advocates, providers, and clients who recently penned a letter to the commissioner demanding action. “Notwithstanding these inaccurate descriptions of the Department’s access options and processes, the Department also understands that long wait times are deeply frustrating to those who need to contact a worker and prefer to use the telephone,” said Bremby in the letter.

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Program promotes healthy, affordable food

CAFCA | July 13, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain has recently been funded by United Way to add a new component to its Foundations for Financial Independence (FFI) program. The new component is called Money and Menus. The $105,000 grant includes Money and Menus as part of the big picture of the project. The goal of Money and Menus is to educate families about eating healthy without breaking the bank. The program will include six monthly sessions to teach families and allow them to keep track of their progress.

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'Helping Feed Hartford' event benefits more than 800 families

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

Hundreds of families in the greater Hartford area received about a weeks worth of food and essentials on Tuesday, at no cost to them. It's all part of the annual event, "Helping Feed Hartford,” which was held outside the Xfinity Theatre. The Community Renewal Team joined forces with Feed the Children, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, and PriceRite for the eighth annual event, benefitting about 800 families in the greater Hartford area.

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CABHN merger with EHC!

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) and the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN) announced today that the two organizations have merged, with CABHN becoming a program of EHC!. End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is the only statewide anti-hunger nonprofit in Connecticut. EHC! is a strategic leader and valued partner in expanding access to critical nutrition programs and advocating for key changes in federal, state and local policies and practices that promote good nutrition, healthy lifestyles and economic security.

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Report: state pension costs still could reach 'unaffordable' levels

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

Despite numerous reforms in recent years, state government’s pension costs still could reach “unaffordable” levels in the early 2030s, according to a new “stress test” analysis prepared for the Pew Charitable Trusts.In a report published by Harvard University, analysts also warned there is “significant risk” Connecticut will again look to extend those surging costs well into the future, effectively creating a series of “permanent high costs” that strip resources from other segments of the state budget.

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TVCCA’s RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse Hosts Breakfast

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action's (TVCCA) Norwich RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse hosted a breakfast for Veterans at the Coffeehouse gathering earlier this month. Norwich Bully Busters graciously offered to prepare a full breakfast for all Veterans and guests attending Coffeehouse on that day in celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

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