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Recruiting VITA Volunteers!

Once again this year, CAHS is helping to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites we work with in Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties by recruiting and coordinating the volunteers who keep this program running.  We have launched a new volunteer registration website this year, Volunteer Hub, where volunteers can register to volunteer in their area and sign up for tax trainings with the IRS. 

 

CAHS’s VITA Volunteer Hub can be accessed at:…

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Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on November 30, 2011 at 11:17am — No Comments

Extra SNAP (food stamps) benefits, post-Irene

From the Department of Social Services:

 

We have received approval from FNS to automatically mass reissue 25% of our SNAP households’ August benefits to help with food losses caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

  • All Connecticut households who received SNAP when Tropical Storm Irene hit the state automatically received these additional benefits. 
  • These benefits were automatically added to SNAP household’s EBT accounts and are available…
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Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on September 8, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Job oppening at CAHS: Outreach Advocate, New Haven County

CAHS mission and vision: Works to end poverty and to equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future. We envision a Connecticut where all children and families thrive and, regardless of income, contribute to and share in Connecticut’s growth.  Low-income residents—working in collaboration with policy makers, business and labor leaders, the faith community and the general public—play a central role in developing policies and…

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Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on April 15, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The big announcement: College promise in New Haven

For those that missed it, Let me quote… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on November 9, 2010 at 12:25pm — 4 Comments

EarnBenefits - New sites for benefit screening open

A couple of months ago, CAHS launched EarnBenefits Online (EBO), a new program to help people all across Connecticut get access to the public benefits programs they are eligible to receive. You can get more information on how the program works here, in our GNH Community Group.


To the three initial partners in New Haven (Christian Community Action, JUNTA and Catholic Charities) we are adding this week two more:…
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Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on April 26, 2010 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Questions or comments about SNAP? Join us!

My day job at CAHS is doing SNAP outreach in the GNH area. Part of what we do is hosting a quarterly meeting with DSS to get policy updates and talk with them about things are working (or not working).


Do you want to know what is going on? Have questions or complaints for DSS? Come to the next meeting! The good people at Junta are hosting us this time - we promise to have some pizza. Please RSVP here…
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Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on March 15, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Screening for benefits: EarnBenefits is live!

Remember EarnBenefits?



It is a program that CAHS is implementing, in partnership with other organizations, to make benefits more readily available for people that need them. EBO is web-based application that helps case managers and intake workers screen clients for ten benefits simultaneously, allowing them to have quick access to more services. You can find more information on the software here,… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on February 3, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Care 4 Kids Program Will Remain Open Through February 28

Probably most of you already know, but a good reminder:





Connecticut’s Care 4 Kids child care assistance program continues to be open for services to eligible working families. In addition, the program has raised the income limit to allow more working families to qualify.



The program will NOT close to working families as of December 31, 2009, as previously announced. It will remain open to working families until at least February 28, 2010, pending budget… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on January 28, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

New Haven Neighborhood Quality of Life Survey

From our friends at DataHaven (a great website, by the way):



Do you have opinions about your neighborhood’s convenience, safety or appearance, skills you can contribute, or suggestions for improving the community? Do you want to help your neighborhood become an even better place to live and work?



We’re excited to announce the first-ever New Haven Neighborhood Quality of Life… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on January 28, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Improving access to programs: EarnBenefits is coming!

Starting February, CAHS and three partner organizations will start rolling out a very powerful new tool to help low-income families become more self-sufficient: EarnBenefits Online (EBO). EBO is web-based application that helps case managers and intake workers screen clients for ten benefits simultaneously, allowing them to have quick access to more services.



How does EBO work?



For a client, EBO will look like the following.



1. Sit down with the… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on January 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Connecticut Money School - Financial literacy in New Haven

Connecticut Money School (CMS) is a project of the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) and five nonprofit partners. CMS provides free financial education for adults and seniors. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become financially stable and successful. One way to achieve financial stability and success is through a better understanding of how to manage your… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on January 13, 2010 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Improving access to benefits to those who need them

Update: We will be taking applications until Thursday if needed. We are really looking for more partner organizations in New Haven specifically, by the way. We had a life demo of the application yesterday, and it is wonderful. If anyone has questions, please call me. I can even drop by to show it.



EarnBenefits demo

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Just a quick reminder for all you folks… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on December 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

RFP: Improving Access to Work Supports through Online Screening

CAHS is starting a new and very exciting program in the coming months: EarnBenefits.



EarnBenefits is an online screening took created by Seedco that allows us to screen a client for 8 to 10 benefits at once. Basically we are able to sit down, ask a few questions, and get a list of all the benefits they can apply. The software then automatically fills and application with the client information, a list of all the paperwork they need to include and the benefits they will get, and… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on November 3, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

GNHCommunity Network: an introduction

Hi! Welcome to GNH Community Network. Glad to see you here; I hope you participate and join the conversation. For starters, I am linking some documents and materials here so you can learn more about the website.



If you need some pointers on how to use the site and all the tools and resources available, check our tutorial here. Lots of good pointers and… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on October 21, 2009 at 4:38pm — No Comments

GNH Community Workshop: materials

For those atteding to the workshop (or those that missed it and want to have the materials), here you have a brief intro guide to GNH Community:



A introduction to GNH Community.pdf

A introduction to GNH Community.doc



Remember, if you need… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on October 14, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Update! Preschool slot vacancy list in New Haven

Pam Hansen has posted the list of vacancies in the Early Childhood group. You can find the list here. Direct download here.

If I have time, I will post it later as a beautiful embedded spreadsheet. We will see.

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on October 8, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

News and reminders

A couple of quick news and updates. First of all, a hearty welcome to all the newcomers to GNH Community - We are getting bigger, bit by bit, and sharing more information. I know at least one person that will be getting Spanish classes because she found out about them here (thanks, Hannah!), so keep the good… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on October 7, 2009 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Spread the word: GNH Community flier

Some people have requested materials with information on GNH Community, so we can better spread the word using the almighty invite button. Here you have a couple of fliers.



First, a one-page explanation on what GNH Community is and what you can do with it:

GNH Community one pager.pdf



Second, a -longer- PowerPoint presentation with… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on September 17, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Some new toys: available services spreadsheets!

I just added a neat little tool to the Nurturing Families Group page - make sure you check it out.



Seen it? The idea is to have spreadsheets like that to make information sharing easier between providers. Basically what we can have is a list of locations/programs and how many clients they can still take - the trick is that the spreadsheet is open (it is just a Google Document) so it can be edited by anyone… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on September 10, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Coming soon - workshops, more information

A couple of updates on our plans for GNH Community:



1. First of all, we want more content. Keep sending me anything you want me to upload - I will be adding stuff like the Youth Map and other information soon.



2. I was planing on hosting a couple of workshops on how to use GNH community - on creating profiles, creating groups and adding content ourselves. We are going to add some neat collaboration features, like real-time counters on how many slots are available for some… Continue

Added by Roger Senserrich - CAHS on August 28, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

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Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

“Four Years, $13 Million and Dozens of Hands”: MarketWatch Dives Deep Into LISC’s Work in D.C.

A deeply-reported MarketWatch article unpacks the incredibly complex process of creating affordable housing by profiling an apartment complex in Washington D.C. that LISC has helped preserve. Extensive interviews with our CEO, LISC D.C. executive director Ramon Jacobson and senior program officer Adam Kent are at the heart of this emblematic story of how we bring together private and public capital partners with developers and residents, and work to empower people to stay in the places they call home. A must read.

U.S. Treasury Awards $60 Million in New Market Tax Credits to LISC

The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, part of the U.S. Treasury department, announced the recipients of $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations for 2019. $60 million was allocated to LISC’s subsidiary, the New Markets Support Company. Since its inception, NMSC has harnessed $1 billion in tax credits to offer flexible capital for projects that benefit low-income communities across the count--projects ranging from Cincinatti’s CityLink Center, home to 15 social service agencies, to a health clinic-plus-grocery store in Brockton, MA to the public library in Petersburg, VA.

We’re Not Spending Nearly Enough to Reduce Homelessness

Ricardo Flores, ED of LISC San Diego, published an emphatic op-ed in the Voice of San Diego about the desperate need for more local and state spending to alleviate homelessness. As in nearly every part of the country, San Diego’s homeless population is growing, and last year suffered a Hepatitis A outbreak. “Today’s homelessness crisis has the potential to worsen into a catastrophic public health disaster,” warned Flores, explaining that preventive strategies, housing and support services demand much greater investment to head off a larger crisis.

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