File Your Taxes for Credits Up to $15,000

Filing your taxes this year is a must!

If you don’t you could be missing out on thousands of dollars (up to $15,000) intended to help stabilize individuals and families during these tough times.



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  • Did you receive any or all of the $600, $1200 or $1400 Stimulus Payments?

If you did, then you likely qualify.  If not, you may still qualify, but you need to file your taxes with the IRS

  • Did you have any earnings in 2020?

If so, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC)

-as much as $1500 if you do not have children OR up to $6000 if you have kids.

  • Do you have kids?

If so, you may qualify for $3,000 for each child ($3,600 if the child is under 6) through the Child Tax Credit (CTC) but you need to file with the IRS.




Example – A parent with 2 children under six without a job or other earnings would get: 1st Stimulus Payment : $1200+$1000 [$500 dependent x 2] = $2200 + 2nd Stimulus Payment: $600 x 3 = $1800 + 3rd Stimulus Payment: $1400 stimulus x 3 = $4200 + CTC $3600 x 2 = $7200   TOTAL: $15,400





CLS Stands for Racial Justice

As a legal aid organization dedicated to removing barriers to justice, we recognize yesterday’s guilty verdict in the jury trial for George Floyd’s murder as one step on our country’s 300 year journey toward racial equity. Before the trial, during the trial, and after the verdict, more Black lives were lost at the hands of the police. Our work is far from over.

We stand with heroes like Darnella Frazier, who make us see these acts for what they are. As we process the recurring onslaught of violence and discrimination against people in brown and Black communities, Connecticut Legal Services pledges to keep advocating for all those who have suffered from individual racism, and for those who have been failed by our institutions through systemic racism. We continue to look internally to ensure our own policies and actions are informed by the failings of the past and present.

Press Release Emergency Rental Utility Assistance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut Legal Services joins with Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance, and Statewide Legal Services, in partnership with Connecticut’s Department of Housing, under Unite CT., a new state program to provide rental and utility assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our clients who already faced numerous challenges in meeting their basic needs,” Deborah Witkin, executive director of Connecticut Legal Services, said. “We look forward to working with our partners in Unite CT to ensure that our clients can maintain stable housing during one of the most destabilizing times our community has experienced. This program will help our clients begin to address the effects of the pandemic.”

Read the full press release

Systemic Complaint Filed on Behalf of Bridgeport School Children

Connecticut Legal Services, with the Center for Children’s Advocacy, filed a systemic complaint on March 11, 2021 with the State Department of Education on behalf of students with disabilities in Bridgeport Public Schools after Bridgeport failed  to provide appropriate education services to those students.  The complaint asks for individual relief for the students who have not received adequate education programs and asks the Department of Education to ensure Bridgeport Public Schools develops a district-wide plan to fill current staffing gaps and address new gaps as they arise.


Read the Full Press Release Here


CLS leads the effort in filing a Complaint with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights on behalf of our low-income clients, people who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and all other nonwhite racial identities in CT.


Read our press release OCR complaint Covid-19 Vaccine Discrimination




On March 8, 2021 attorneys with Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid and New Haven Legal Assistance Association filed a Complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), on behalf of their low-income clients who are people who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and all other nonwhite racial identities in CT (BIPOC), including those with disabilities.  The complaint requests that OCR investigate Connecticut’s COVID-19 allocation plan that was announced on February 22, 2021 which violates Title Vl of Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Title Il of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, by:


  • imposing eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine that discriminate against and unfairly burden nonwhite individuals protected by law;
  • refusing to reasonably modify its COVID-19 vaccine policy so that it no longer discriminates against nonwhite individuals and those with disabilities and pre-existing conditions.


Governor Lamont announced a change in vaccination allocation policy which now almost exclusively prioritizes age to determine one’s eligibility. The former policy took into account the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and followed the recommendations of CT’s own COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group’s Vaccine Allocation Subcommittee which prioritized people with underlying medical conditions and certain types of essential workers, such as grocery store and agricultural field workers, who were slated to be eligible for the vaccine on March 1st.  The new policy ignores those recommendations, and simply prioritizes age, with the exception of teachers and childcare providers, while continuing to include first responders and healthcare workers.


Data shows several things about CT’s BIPOC residents:

  • More likely to be working in essential jobs that regularly expose them to the virus
  • More likely to live in tightly cramped housing
  • More likely to use public transportation
  • More likely to have pre-existing conditions and comorbidities


“All of these factors contribute to Black and brown Connecticut residents contracting COVID-19 at higher rates, and dying of it at higher rates,” attorney Kristen Noelle Miller Hatcher of Connecticut Legal Services said. She added, “in fact, in CT Black and brown people are dying younger when they contract COVID-19, making it even more critical that the allocation of the vaccine not be done simply by age, and that they need to instead prioritize people with underlying conditions and with high risks of exposure- especially those fellow residents who need to go to their jobs and are unable to work remotely, as the state’s earlier plan appropriately provided.”






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
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI I
  • 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.


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 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