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HRA back in action, helping people displaced by hurricanes

CAFCA | November 21, 2017 |

Just a day after distributing hundreds of turkeys to needy city residents, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain helped families displaced by hurricanes get the services and support they need. “The primary purpose of today is to begin to build a relationship with the hurricane evacuee families that entered our communities,” said Marlo Greponne, the HRA’s director of planning and programs, Tuesday afternoon. Greponne said that, while many families were coming here from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, many were not contacting social service providers like the HRA. which could help them adjust to life in the city.

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CT budget deficit crosses emergency action threshold

CAFCA | November 20, 2017 |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy intensified pressure on the legislature Monday to come into special session to repair the new state budget, projecting a $203 million deficit that exceeds a key risk threshold. But while Malloy may now have to develop a deficit-mitigation plan, it remained unclear whether legislators would meet to resolve the shortfall before the regular 2018 session begins on Feb. 7. The governor, who warned lawmakers last month that he feared the budget they were crafting was not in balance, projected the deficit in his monthly report to Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo.

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Donations to keep Osgood food pantry open through December of 2018

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Thanks to donations from individuals and community organizations, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s food pantry will stay open for another year. The HRA recently received funding from the American Savings Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and a slew of private donors to help keep its Food and Resource Center on Osgood Avenue operating through December 2018.

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In rural areas, access to health services increasingly challenging

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Connecticut’s rural residents die at higher rates than their city and suburban counterparts and a large percentage of those deaths may be preventable if better public health programs or better access to health care services were available, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Care4Kids resumes enrollment, but won’t reach previous highs

CAFCA | November 10, 2017 |

With the number of families receiving help to cover the costs of child care reaching record lows, state lawmakers this week celebrated an announcement that the state will start enrolling children on the wait list. However, opening the wait list does not guarantee that every applicant whose income qualifies them for help will receive a Care4Kids subsidy. Currently, there are an estimated 8,654 children on the wait list. The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is projecting it will enroll 5,192 new children in the program, which is designed to help with child care expenses so parents can work. The additional spots will not bring enrollment even close to its historically highs, however. There were 8,200 fewer children getting Care4Kids help in September than in each of the five previous Septembers – a 43 percent drop.

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'That Was Our Great Hope': DACA Recipients Worry About Future, Dreams

CAFCA | September 06, 2017 |

For 16 years, Vania Galicia and her family have been hoping that they might be able to buy a house, but they couldn’t do it because of their undocumented status. But when Galicia and her brother and sister received DACA status several years go, Vania, a freshman at Eastern Connecticut State University, said it gave them hope that they would be able to work and build up the credit they would need to eventually qualify for loans to buy a house. “That was our great hope, but now it’s shaky,” Galicia said Tuesday as she gathered with other students outside the student center at Eastern.

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Malloy Sees No Quick Resolution As Budget Stalemate Continues

CAFCA | August 30, 2017 |

Gov.Dannel P. Malloy spoke pessimistically Wednesday about the state budget — rejecting any increase in the state income tax and saying he does not see any quick resolution to the monthslong stalemate. During a one-hour meeting with The Hartford Courant’s editorial board, Malloy said that cities and towns need to tighten their belts because the state can no longer afford to keep sending them millions of dollars every year.

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Congress under deadline pressure to renew health plan for 17,000 CT children

CAFCA | August 29, 2017 |

When Congress returns for its break next week it will decide whether to renew a health care program that covers 17,000 Connecticut children under 19. If it doesn’t, Connecticut will be among the first states to feel the impact. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, is funded largely through federal dollars, with a smaller contribution – 12 percent — by the state. It covers children whose families earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, providing health care for children for families of four earning up to $79,458 a year.

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Proposed cuts in food aid worry those who fed the needy

CAFCA | August 04, 2017 |

Connecticut’s two nonprofit food banks provided more than 31 million meals last year. For many of the nearly half a million state residents who struggle to put food on the table, this was a lifesaver. But it was just 13 percent of what was provided by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a report by Foodshare, one of the two food banks. In 2016, SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provided enough money for more than 233 million meals in Connecticut, Foodshare wrote.

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After day of drama, Senate Democrats unite to back concessions

CAFCA | August 04, 2017 |

On a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, the Senate gave final approval Monday to a state-employee concessions deal after Democratic leaders mollified three dissenting colleagues with a promise to make a good-faith effort for fiscal reforms.

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