Community, Nonprofits and Businesses sharing Information
Connecticut is seeing a huge increase in need as a result of the economic downturn. Calls for assistance have been coming in from all corners of the state, and from many people who have never had to seek assistance before. It is critical that we all expand our reach and get the word out to as many eligible people as we can.
This session will focus on two great online tools that provide benefits eligibility guidance to service providers, and tools that help to connect low- to moderate-income households with work support programs (SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, HUSKY, LIHEAP, etc). Between the two multi-benefit pre-screening tools featured in this webinar, thousands of Connecticut households may be screened to find out what they may qualify for and how to apply.
The United Way 2-1-1 Navigator:
Designed by the United Way of Connecticut, the 2-1-1 Navigator is thought of as an interactive interview. It takes about 2 minutes to complete. First we ask some basic information. Next, we ask some more questions based on your first answers. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to screen yourself or your clients!
Once you are done, we will tell you which federal and state assistance programs you or your clients qualify for, and how to apply for them. Currently, the 2-1-1 Navigator screens for twenty-four different assistance programs; and there are plans to add new programs. The 2-1-1 Navigator can't promise you will qualify, but it can tell you if it's worth your time to apply. You don’t have to worry about privacy, the 2-1-1 navigator doesn’t require you to give your name or address.
Earn Benefits Online:
Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) is partnering with Seedco, a New York based non-profit to bring EarnBenefits to Connecticut. EarnBenefits Online is a partnership between CAHS and eleven partner organizations in Connecticut to pre-screen their clients/customers for up to twelve work support/basic needs programs. This project began online in February and is now fully operating.