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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.

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Just a quick reminder for all you folks out there about Earnbenefits, a new tool that CAHS is going to launching next year.

We all know how hard is to direct people to apply for the state and benefits they are eligible for. The requirements are confusing, the applications are too long, and it is hard to keep track on what they need to do. We are rolling out an online application to actually try to solve that; a screening tool that keeps track of all requirements, fills the application in full and prints out instructions on what documents the client needs to bring to DSS, VITA sites or DCF.

We are looking for partners to deploy this tool. We will offer support, some financing for expenses and training. You can find the RFP here. The deadline for it was today (December 11), but if we get applications say, on Monday or Tuesday, we will definetely have a look.

Which leads me to the next point, of course: if someone needs help doing screenings, the outreach team of CAHS in New Haven (aka me) is more than glad to help. I am available for coming and talking with clients about benefits; SNAP right now, and more benefits as Earnbenefits rolls out. Contact me if you need more information on either screening or the RFP.

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