Resources for Connecticut Families with Children Experiencing or At-Risk for Homelessness

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Connecticut’s families have faced stagnating wages, rising costs, and growing economic insecurity, and their children’s health, safety, education, and well-being are largely dependent on their families’ ability to make ends meet.  Stressful and traumatic experiences, including those associated with homelessness or being at-risk of homelessness can have a profound effect on a child’s development and their ability to learn, ultimately affecting success in later life.  Connecting these at-risk children, and their parents and caregiver’s to a wide cross section of supports to mitigate these stressors and maintain stability,  is a critical first step.

Families with young children are among the fasted growing groups affected by homelessness.  Housing supports are an essential aspect of preventing homelessness.  Link below to housing programs and services found in the 2-1-1 database:

HOUSING RESOURCES:

Find additional links for information on Public Housing, Transitional Housing/Shelter, Property Tax Rebate information and much more: http://uwc.211ct.org/categorysearch/housing/

Children experiencing homelessness are sick four times more often than other children, go hungry at twice the rate of other children, have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies, have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children, are four times more likely to show delayed development, and are twice as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children.  Connection to vital basic needs and supports can help alleviate the burden on the family.  Link below to food resources, energy assistance, general and mental heath care related programs and services, childcare resources & early education, and school readiness programs, to help families alleviate these stressors.

BASIC NEEDS/GENERAL & MENTAL HEALTH: 

Find additional Links for information on WIC, Formula/Baby Food and other food resources: http://uwc.211ct.org/categorysearch/food/

Find additional links for information on Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Utility Shut-off, Utility Matching Payment Program information and much more: http://uwc.211ct.org/categorysearch/utility-assistance/

Find additional links for information on Medical Expense Assistance, Specialized Treatment Program information and much more: http://uwc.211ct.org/categorysearch/health-care/

Find additional information on Crisis Intervention  Emergency Mobile Crisis Information: http://www.empsct.org/

Find additional links for information on the Earned Income Tax Credit,  Child Tax Credit, Personal Financial Counseling, Job Training Program information and much more: http://uwc.211ct.org/categorysearch/income/

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES &  EARLY EDUCATION:

Find additional links for information on School Readiness, Head Start Program information and much more: http://uwc.211ct.org/categorysearch/children/

ONGOING FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES:

For additional federal and state resources that can help to alleviate the stress and economic burdens of families in Connecticut, see the 2-1-1 website, www.211ct.org.  Put in the city or town in the location search box  on the 2-1-1 search page, to get resources near a certain location:

For a screening tool to see what programs and services an individual and/or family may be eligible for, visit the 2-1-1 Navigatorhttp://www.211navigator.com/

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SOURCE: Connecticut United Way/2-1-1; Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (CTOEC); Connecticut Voices for Children’s, August 2014, “Strengthening Economic Security for Connecticut; American Institutes for Research: National Center on Family Homelessness; National Alliance to End Homelessness

PREPARED BY: 211/tb
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: December2016