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

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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.




For our community partners



Presented by

Lucy Potter and Alison Weir, Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Kristen Noelle Hatcher and Wendy Wanchak, Connecticut Legal Services

  • How have DSS procedures changed?
  • Do my clients need to file for redeterminations for SNAP, TFA, or HUSKY?
  • What is covered by HUSKY for COVID-19?
  • How can folks access their federal stimulus payments?
  • And other current benefits and relief questions. .


Thursday April 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Call-In #: (860) 541-5012 Conference ID 59705 (push #)

Please RSVP to and send your questions!





For our community partners



Presented by

Maria Morelli Wolfe and Lynn Cochrane, Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Agata Raszczyk-Lawska, Connecticut Legal Services
Erin Shaffer, New Haven Legal Assistance Association

  • What must school provide for studentseligible for special education?
  • How can | get students support with distance learming?
  • What must out-of-district placements provide students?
  • How can | advocate for the students | work with?
  • And other current issues in education…

Thursday April 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Callin #: (860) 541-5012 Conference ID 59705 (press #)

Please RSVP to and send your questions in advance!

An Update on Covid-19

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.  We want to assure you that although CLS’ physical offices are closed, our staff is working remotely and we continue to provide legal services to our clients and take referrals from other community agencies.

COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic have created fear and uncertainty in all of us. But none have felt the insecurity of these times more than our clients and the members of the low-income communities throughout Connecticut who struggle to maintain stability, provide food for their families, and meet their health care needs.

With your support, we have continued to provide legal services to our clients. We are representing clients in priority court matters such as abuse and neglect petitions for children, requests for relief from abuse for victims of domestic violence, and immigration cases for unaccompanied minors. We also are providing legal counsel across all of the civil law areas in which we practice. As incidences of family abuse increase during times of stress such as these, we are working with local domestic violence shelters and the courts to ensure that our clients are able to secure their physical safety.

As we adjust our work, comply with CDC recommendations, and practice social distancing, we also are responding to the new legal issues that have arisen because of COVID-19. In addition to the direct legal services we continue to provide as noted above, we are advocating on behalf of our clients to ensure that they maintain access to necessary services to meet their ever changing needs over the next few months, such as:

·     Housing: We collaborated with our partners in the legal aid network to ask the courts to implement a full moratorium on evictions and to ask HUD to suspend eviction related actions. The court has enacted an immediate stay of all ejectments through May 1, 2020.

·     Benefits: We collaborated with our partners in the legal aid network to ask the DSS commissioner to suspend any actions meant to terminate benefits or enforce benefit time limits. DSS has enacted these changes.

·     Elder: We collaborated with our partners in the legal aid network to ask DSS and DPH to suspend residential care home and nursing home discharges, and on terminations of long-term care Medicaid payments to nursing homes.

·     Employment: We collaborated with our partners in the legal aid network to ask the DOL to provide unemployment for those who are unable to work because of the pandemic but who would otherwise be excluded from eligibility.

·     CAR: We collaborated with our partners in the legal aid network to ask the Governor to allocate funds to address educational needs through increased access to internet, data, and digital devices and other school based services for children with disabilities or additional educational needs.

During these difficult times, CLS maintains its dedication to its mission to provide access to justice and protect critical civil legal rights of low-income individuals and families through representation, systemic advocacy, advice, collaboration, and education. Anyone seeking legal assistance within our service area can continue to call our local offices (which can be found on our website, call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320, or find comprehensive self-help materials at

Stay home, stay safe, and take care of each other!

Your friends at CLS

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during these difficult times.

DACA recipients are eligible for Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Since DACA recipients have work authorization and are working legally, they are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs through no fault of their own, if they have worked a sufficient amount of time. It’s best to apply as soon as possible because payments won’t begin until after applications are filed. There is a big backlog already, so the sooner they apply the better. Applications can be made on line at WWW.FILECTUI.COM .

For tips on how to get your money faster, see the following information:

Note that Unemployment Compensation Benefits are not considered for public charge.