CLS Stands for Racial Justice

As a legal aid organization dedicated to removing barriers to justice, we are outraged over the senseless killings of the last several weeks – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the persecution of Christian Cooper. Those names call up the most recent public injustices. We are outraged at what in reality goes on each and every week in the U.S. Overt racism is only the tip of the problem. Due to centuries-long systemic racial inequities in our country, we now have racist policies so tightly woven into our society’s infrastructure that time and again, we fail to recognize them. If we do not see the racism inherent in the often covert policies that dictate where people of color live, learn, and conduct business, or that reduce the quality of education and medical care available, and that regularly result in a denial of justice, we will never see change.

As we fight for justice, we have to be willing to be uncomfortable as we ask ourselves what we are doing to perpetuate the racism that exists in our legal structure, and we have to re-commit to examining every aspect of our work for racial inequities.

We cannot afford to be silent. We must acknowledge the horror, disgust, and outrage regarding the events surrounding the death of George Floyd and so many other people of color, as only the first step. Increasing our commitment to work harder to combat racial injustice in our client communities, in Connecticut, and in the United States, must be our next step.





Click here to download the flyer in English and Spanish.



Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) has a NEW hotline for CLIENTS to answer your education related questions

How does the hotline work?

  • Call with any questions about school, your educational rights, or your child’s education during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Eligible clients will speak with an experienced education attorney to help answer general and case-specific questions.
  • The hotline will be staffed during regular business hours, between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • If you are redirected to voice mail, please leave a message. You can expect to get a response within two business days.

(860) 786-6363  Call Now!



Legal Services to Host Q&A Session on Friday May 15, 2020 for our Community Partners




For Legal Services and Our Community Partners

Moderated by Alison Weir, Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Discussing federal aid in areas including:
• Rental Assistance
• Benefits (SNAP, HUSKY)
• Stimulus Payments
• Special Education

FRIDAY MAY 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 988 3751 3493 Password: 057590
Or join by phone +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Please send email to respond and submit questions in advance!

2020 Census – Bring Funding to You & Complete Yours Today


Help Bring Funding to your hospitals and Schools

Census data is used to extend billions of dollars in funding for hospitals, school lunch programs, Medicaid and resources that are needed every year, especially in uncertain times like now. Make sure everyone in your home is counted!


Be Part of the Count

Now more than ever, we should all respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail. Responses are kept confidential, and it’s easy to respond in 12 non-English languages. The Census count directs federal funding for the next ten years to our community.


Every 10 years the U.S. government conducts a census.

Responses are confidential as a matter of law. Only statistical information can be made public. Census employees face fines of 250,000 if they share personal information.

Important services depend upon an accurate count of where people live. These include the provision of federal money for education, health and other benefits, as well as representation in Federal and State legislatures. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail


For our Community Partners


4-29-20 Housing Briefing
4-29-20 Housing Briefing

What if I can’t pay my rent?
Can my landlord start an eviction in court?
What do I do if my landlord is harassing me?
And other current issues in housing…

Jane Kelleher, Connecticut Legal Services
Nancy Hronek, Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Mary Conklin, Connecticut Legal Services
Elizabeth Rosenthal, New Haven Legal Assistance Association

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Dial-in number: 646-876-9923 or 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 974-0838-2389 Password: 075378

Send questions in advance to!

Treasury IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments feature helps people who normally don’t file get payments; second tool next week provides taxpayers with payment delivery date and provide direct deposit information.


Tesoro, IRS lanzan nueva herramienta para ayudar a los que no presentan impuestos a inscribirse para pagos de impacto económico.

Característica en ayuda a personas que normalmente no presentan a recibir pagos; segunda herramienta la próxima semana proporciona a los contribuyentes la fecha de entrega del pago y proporciona información de depósito directo

Read the full press release in English or Español


Legal Services to Host Briefing on Unemployment Compensation, Paid Leave and Work Safety – April 16, 2020

For our community partners




Susan Garten, Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Nadine Nevins, Connecticut Legal Services
Keren Salim, New Haven Legal Assistance Association

• How can I apply for Unemployment Compensation?
• Am I eligible for federal paid sick leave?
• What am I eligible to receive as a self-employed or “gig” worker?
• What can I do if my workplace is unsafe?
• And other current issues in employment. . .


Thursday April 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5000
Access code: 219660#

RSVP by sending an email to and please send questions in advance!

Experiencing abuse at home and need a family violence restraining order?

Do you need a Family Violence Restraining Order?


Safe Connect RO App COVID-19

• Guide you through the process remotely
• Scribe the application on your behalf
• Electronically submit the application to the court
• Coordinate service of process with a state marshal

Call • Chat • Email • 24/7 | (888) 774-2900

All services are confidential, safe, free and voluntary. Domestic violence advocates are available throughout COVID-19 to:

You may contact an advocate at CT Safe Connect via call, chat and email 24/7. Bilingual services are available.

Safe Connect RO App COVID-19

Tips on Surviving Debt during the COVID19 Pandemic

From the National Consumer Law Center

A free guide for consumers and others available at the link below

NCLC during this emergency is making available to the public for free the digital version of NCLC’s most popular publication, Surviving Debt (2020).
Just click here

Surviving Debt is geared for consumers, counselors, paralegals, and attorneys new to consumer law. The 288-page book explains steps that families in financial distress can take concerning foreclosures, repossessions, utility terminations, landlord evictions, debt collection, medical debt, student loans, credit reporting, credit cards, criminal justice debt, and a number of other topics of special current interest.