Cafca Announces Kick-Off Of Statewide SSBG Case Management Program

CAFCA | June 08, 2016 |

 New BritainThe Department of Social Services (DSS) recently awarded the Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA) a statewide contract to manage the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Case Management program. CAFCA subcontracted with its network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to ensure that qualifying individuals and families have access to SSBG case management services throughout the state.


CAFCA recently held its official program kick off with staff training on SSBG policies and procedures. Each agency has SSBG case managers in place to offer services depending on customer need. These services include counseling, crisis intervention, ongoing assessments, goal planning, life-skills training, monitoring and encouraging client progress, assistance with obtaining housing, transportation assistance, job readiness training, education, and employment assistance, income management and daily living skills training, and referrals to additional community support services including treatment or other services.

The SSBG case management services are available for vulnerable individuals and/or families, with special emphasis on those who are less able than others to care for themselves, and include those who are: economically disadvantaged; physically, mentally or developmentally disabled; abused or neglected; in need of drug or alcohol services; in need of mental health support services; in need of supportive services to remain in the community; and in need of shelter. To qualify for SSBG case management services, individuals must be deemed in need of services by case management staff,
and make below $17,820 per year. Families must make below $32,040 per year for a family of two (increasing $8,280 per additional family member) and also have a child under the age of 18 living in the household.

CAFCA is the umbrella organization for Connecticut’s CAAs, the state and federal designated anti-poverty agencies empowering people throughout the state’s 169 cities and towns. Edith Karsky, CAFCA’s Executive Director, had this to say: “Our network served more than 347,400 people in need last year across Connecticut. Community Action Agencies are well-known and trusted in their communities, and have strong local, state, and community-based partnerships. We provide basic human needs services and have long been looked to as the state’s safety net.  CAFCA looks forward to working with DSS and our local community partners to efficiently and effectively provide SSBG case management services.”

For more information on the SSBG Case Management program and where to receive services, please see below to find your local Community Action Agency. 

Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc.

Marcia Fountain

(203) 366-8281 ext. 261
1070 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604


Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc.

Juan Berrios

(860) 225-1084 ext. 315
180 Clinton Street
New Britain, CT 06053

The Access Community Action Agency

Melissa Burdick

(860) 412-1605
1315 Main Street, Suite 2
Willimantic, CT 06226


New Opportunities, Inc.

Maria Gonzalez

(860) 482-9749 
232 North Elm Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc.

Emille Jones

(203) 848-6431
419 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511


Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc.

Jason Martin

(860) 425-6607
One Sylvandale Road
Jewett City, CT 06351

The Community Action Agency of Western

Connecticut, Inc. 

Sonya D. Van Norden

(203) 602-8833 ext. 305

34 Woodland Avenue

Stamford, CT 06902
66 North Street
Danbury, CT 06810


TEAM, Inc.

Amy LaChioma

(203) 736-5420 ext. 246
30 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418

Community Renewal Team, Inc.

Elizabeth Horton Sheff

(860) 560-5501
555 Windsor Street
Hartford, CT 06120




Katrina Bresnahan, SSBG Case Management Project Director, Connecticut Association

for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA), 860-832-9438 ext. 2201,