COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Protect Yourself and Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

 

 As COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins, here are signs of potential scams:

  • You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.
  • Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources.
  • Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.

Protect Yourself. Do not give out your personal information to unknown sources.

If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:

  • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS I tips.hhs.gov
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI I ic3.gov
  • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

PDF Flyer: COVID-19 Vaccine Scams (PDF)

An Appeal for Justice: Help us help our neighbors!

Dear Friends,

As Connecticut Legal Services’ staff reflects on one of the most memorable years in our nation’s history, we are grateful for the role that supporters such as you played in helping us face this past year’s challenges. Our clients have lost their jobs, struggled to help their children learn remotely, feared eviction from their homes, experienced an increase in family violence, and struggled to meet their basic needs. Our clients came to us in desperation and your support made our help possible. One such client is Nancy.

Nancy, a mother of three, came to CLS after one of many beatings she received at the hands of her husband. She was visibly bruised and frightened when she approached CLS for help. Nancy was still living with her abuser at the time. Her CLS attorney helped her file charges against her husband, resulting in his arrest. CLS helped Nancy obtain a restraining order, file for divorce, and get a temporary order of custody of her children. CLS also helped Nancy and her children obtain shelter with a domestic violence program and access the services that program provides. As a result, Nancy’s older son began receiving therapy to help him deal with the abuse he witnessed in the household and his resulting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

With temporary safety achieved, Nancy’s CLS attorney began working toward Nancy’s longer-term stability. After guiding her through the process of securing appropriate and safe housing, Nancy’s CLS attorney helped her apply for subsistence benefits to make sure that Nancy could feed her children and make ends meet while she worked to get back on her feet. Because of CLS’ help, Nancy and her children are living in safety and working towards financial stability.

We need your support more than ever as we continue to address the consequences of the global pandemic on the low-income community of Connecticut. Please consider making a gift to CLS’ Campaign for Justice so that we can help Nancy and others who are struggling during these unprecedented times.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Deborah Witkin
Executive Director

 

 

 

State of Connecticut has relaunched the THRAP rental assistance program for Connecticut

The State of Connecticut has relaunched the THRAP rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID. Information on how to apply is on the flyers.

Download the English & Spanish Flyers:

TRHAP Phase 2 Flyer English

TRHAP Phase 2 Flyer Spanish

Applicants may visit https://www.chfa.org/trhap and directly
input their information into the TRHAP Portal.

Applicants may contact the Call Center at 860-785-3111, and an
agent will enter the data directly into the TRHAP Portal for them.

 

 

 

Governor Announces Launch of New Paid Leave Authority Website To Help Navigate Paid Leave in Connecticut

Connecticut Legal Services and its partners fought to get Paid Family Sick Leave legislation passed in Connecticut.  It is set to begin on January 1, 2021 and benefits will be accessible the following year.  The Governor announced a new website that will help all residents navigate the program.  Check it out here…

New Paid Leave Authority Website To Help Navigate Paid Leave in Connecticut

https://ctpaidleave.org/

 

 

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.