Temporary Rental Assistance Program Opens July 15

The state is opening its Temporary Rental Assistance Program starting July 15th, 2020.  There is a very short window to submit applications.

Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program TRHAP FLYER

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State of Connecticut Temporary RentalHousing Assistance Program (TRHAP)

  • The State of Connecticut with financial support from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has launched a rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19, administered through the Department of Housing:
  • Potential applicants will be directed to a Centralized Call Center for Threshold Eligibility, after which a detailed application must be completed, including verification of documentation.
  • Initial priority for assistance will be targeted at individuals and families who have been denied unemployment assistance from the Department of Labor.
  • If you are unemployed/under-employed and have not yet filed for unemployment assistance, you should do so as soon as possible.
  • Please make every attempt to remain in contact with your landlord, and to make rental payments.
  • Beginning 8 am on Wednesday, July 15, call the number below and speak to a Call Center Representative to determine if you qualify for TRHAP assistance. For

additional information about the program, please  visit https://portal.ct.gov/doh

1-860-785-3111

 

 

 

 

A Legal Services Conversation About Equity with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

The Legal Services program in Connecticut will be hosting a conversation with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 1 pm on racial equity.

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GHLA, CT Legal Services, and New Haven Legal Assistance Association are hosting a Legal Services Conversation with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Moderated by Alison Weir of GHLA and Kristen Noelle Hatcher of CT Legal Services, we will be discussing race equity issues, including:

• Evictions, Housing & Rental Assistance
• Education & School Resource Officers
• Employment, COVID 19, PPE & Return to Work
• HUSKY and Health Equity
• Nursing Home Safety

This is a Zoom meeting.
Time: Jul 1, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
RSVP/Questions: RSVPBriefing@ghla.org

To join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82188249265?pwd=RWJFeXJNQXhiQmtpVkZPU0JEMFU4Zz09

To join via phone:
+1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 821 8824 9265
Password: 695236

A GOOD DAY FOR DREAMERS

The U.S. Supreme Court has found that the Trump administration could not arbitrarily terminate the DACA program.  CLS has represented many applicants and recipients of DACA.  We have found them to be highly motivated, productive youth who contribute greatly to our society.  We celebrate this decision with them.

Statistics align with our experience.  Most DACA recipients have a job.  Approximately half continue to pursue their educations. Many are working in health related professions, working daily to help those affected by COVID-19.  Without DACA they could not work.  They could face deportation to countries they may not even remember.

Because the Supreme Court decided the case on the technical ground that the arbitrary termination of the program violates the Administrative Procedures Act, it leaves open the possibility that the government may try to comply with the APA in a new effort to terminate DACA. CLS hopes that instead the administration will recognize the benefits conferred on our society by these young people.  Rather than try again to end the DACA program, they should propose to Congress that it pass the Dream Act, creating a path to permanent residence for people born abroad who have grown up in the United States.

June 18th, 2020

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.

COVID-19 EDUCATION HOTLINE

 

 

 

Click here to download the flyer in English and Spanish.

 

COVID-19 EDUCATION HOTLINE

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!

 

JOIN US FOR A BASIC HUMAN NEEDS IN THE PANDEMIC & BEYOND A CONVERSATION WITH SENATOR BLUMENTHAL

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

 

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BASIC HUMAN NEEDS IN THE PANDEMIC & BEYOND
A CONVERSATION WITH SENATOR BLUMENTHAL
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
https://zoom.us/j/98837513493?pwd=akoxaDVwbWg1OFluSkxLVVJ5dU1tZz09
Meeting ID: 988 3751 3493 Password: 057590
Or join by phone +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Please send email RSVPMay15@ghla.org to respond and submit questions in advance!

2020 Census – Bring Funding to You & Complete Yours Today

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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!
https://2020census.gov/en/census-data.html

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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.
Visit www.2020census.gov

 

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

LEGAL SERVICES BRIEFING ON COVID-19 RELATED HOUSING ISSUES

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…

with
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
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97408382389?pwd=cDlNdnpDeWRCNXlRcEZ6ZjNOWVlhUT09
Dial-in number: 646-876-9923 or 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 974-0838-2389 Password: 075378

Send questions in advance to HousingBriefing@ctlegal.org!

Treasury IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments

IRS.gov 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 IRS.gov 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