COVID-19 Resources for Families

(Updated 5/27/20)

Food Resources:

P-EBT Cards will be mailed to any family whose child was classified as receiving Free or Reduced Priced Meals at their school before it was closed. Learn more here (bilingual flyer, CSDE website).

Connecticut Food BankCheck daily for the latest information from CT food bank on the daily location for the mobile food pantry here CT mobile pantry schedule

For those of our families who are connected to facebook please visit Little Food Pantry on facebook which is a public open pantry message them about availability before you go!

Visit this google doc form Local Food Pantry list to locate food pantries in your area. Please call to check on hours and food availability before you go.

If you are looking to purchase local fresh produce directly from the source visit here to find fresh produce stands and farms throughout CT.

If you are looking to purchase local fresh produce directly from the source visit here to find fresh produce stands and farms throughout CT.

To search for New Haven Based food resources vist City of New Haven Food Resource Map and click on the interactive map. You do not have to provide proof of residency or income verification at any of these locations!

Latha Swamy, the City Food Policy Director, has created a site which also maps all the food resources by neighborhood and has other information: https://covid19.newhavenct.gov/pages/food

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD: Eileen O’Donnell let us know that a couple of gardening beds opened up at Chapelseed Community Garden.  She added that the gardeners work hard and grow the healthiest food around.  The garden is on Chapel Street between Norton and Ellsworth.  People can email her for further info at eileenodonnell283@gmail.com.

THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE VAN IS NOW HAVING POSTPARTUM VISITS FOR MOTHERS AND INFANTS: No appointment necessary.

Mondays in Dwight/West River:    At the fenced in parking lot on Legion and Sherman near Ella Grasso Blvd. from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesdays in Fair Haven:             Chapel St. Park in Fair Haven from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesdays in Dwight/West River:  At the fenced in parking lot on Legion and Sherman near Ella Grasso Blvd. from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursdays in Fair Haven:           Chapel St. Park in Fair Haven from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday in Dwight/West River:         At the fenced in parking lot on Legion and Sherman near Ella Grasso Blvd. from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/telemedicine_cant_weigh_the_baby/

For questions about food support for your families or others in need, please contact Ala at ala.ochumare@elmcitymontessori.org.

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Securing Relief/Mutual Aid Resources 

If you would like to access the resources of statewide mutual aid support please fill out the needs form here. You can also view the CT mutual aid Offerings Spreadsheet to go see who exactly you can reach out to for support. 

To access another pathway for relief and resource services please visit here

 

If you are looking for masks:

MakeHaven has delivered upwards of 2000 masks thus far, and any community or local organizations in need of mask donations can fill out a brief request form here. That form can also be reached from their general info page at www.makehaven.org/face-masks

Looking for Current COVID-19 information Visit GNH Community at: gnhcommunity.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

  1. CDC Updated list of Symptoms of COVID-19 and Self Checklist
  2. Recruit Volunteers on NewHavenHelpWithCovid.com”
  3. UPDATED: Local Coronavirus Resource Pages 
  4. Yale Law School Resources for Greater New Haven Nonprofits.

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Mental Health/Wellness

  • Clifford Beers: Clifford Beers during this time is also offering a service called the Warm line. A warmline is a number you can call that will direct you to the resources or services you need. When you call Reach Out New Haven at (203) 287-2460 you will be answered by a trained professional. Our team members are experienced in providing mental health guidance and can connect you to outsourced hotlines or agencies if needed. During the COVID-19 crisis you deserve a compassionate listener who can lend an ear about your stress and point you in the right direction for whatever resources you might need. This warmline is available Monday -Thursday from 8:30am to 7:00pm and Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm.
  • The Hub: Behavioral health Action Organization for southerwestern CT. 
  • From Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for School Communities
  • 2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 
  • One Village Healing – In the spirit of mutual aid, collective liberation, and healing justice One Village Healing, with the supportive collaboration of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, will be hosting virtual wellness sessions during this phase of isolation and renewal

For more information about mental health services, connect with jennifer.langlois@elmcitymontessori.org

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Unemployment

Families can apply for unemployment benefits here, on the CT Department of Labor website. On this main page, families can now find a detailed tutorial and webinars answering questions on unemployment, CARES Act and more.  For frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) for workers and employers families can go here, also found on the CT DOL website. 

The United Way of Greater New Haven also has a ton of resources for families related to education, food, health, and in this case, financial stability resources; (info on taxes, freelancer grants, 2 months of free comcast for new customers, bartender emergency assistance program etc.) If you have any questions about the resources above, feel free to contact Michelle at michelle.arias@elmcitymontessori.org.

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Child Care

Are you still working and need access to child care? There are several options for families seeking child care for children ages 0-13. For a list of child care options throughout Connecticut, visit www.211childcare.org. You can also call the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) hotline (860.756.0864) to find out which centers and family child care homes near you are open.

Are you a frontline worker (healthcare, child care, grocery worker)? Check out the CTCares for Frontline Workers Child Care Subsidy Program, a short-term program that can help you if you’re struggling to pay for child care.

Care4Kids: For eligible families, Care4Kids offers financial support for child care, including participating family child care homes, child care centers and a child’s immediate family members (grandparent, great grandparent, child’s aunt/uncle, child’s older sibling residing outside child’s home). Care4Kids is accepting new applications. Visit the Care4Kids website for more information about eligibility and how to apply.

Child Care Centers: According to the OEC, there are 6 child care centers open in New Haven and others in surrounding towns. Here are the New Haven child care centers open as of 4/20/20:

  • All Our Children: 1578 Chapel St, 203.691.5944
  • All Our Children Academy: 514 Orchard St, 203.848.0891
  • Kiddie Korner: 795 Grand Ave, 203.865.4270
  • First Step Childcare & Christian Academy: 95 Hamilton St, 203.498.0812
  • Little Sprouts Learning Center & Day Care: 515 Middletown Ave, 203.624.5439
  • Yale New Haven Hospital: 110 Davenport Ave, 203.688.5246

Family Child Care Homes: According to the OEC, there are more than 50 family child care homes open in New Haven and others in surrounding towns. To find information about local family child care homes, visit https://www.211childcare.org/ or call the Office of Early Childhood hotline (860.756.0864). You can also use https://www.carinacare.com/ to find local providers. 

Additional information for families from the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC):

If you have any questions about finding child care options near you, feel free to contact Eliza at eliza.halsey@elmcitymontessori.org or 203.909.57570.

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Renters/Homeowners Information:

RESIDENTIAL RENT PROTECTIONS: Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7X on April 10, which enacts the following series of protections for residential renters during the COVID-19 emergency:

– All landlords are prohibited from issuing a notice to quit or beginning eviction proceedings before  July 1, 2020, except for serious nuisance, such as physically harming another tenant or the landlord.

– For rent due in April 2020, landlords must grant tenants an automatic, 60-day grace period for payment, instead of the existing 9-day grace period.

– For rent due in May 2020, landlords must grant a 60-day grace period for payment upon the request of tenants. Under this provision, a tenant must notify the landlord that they have lost a job, lost hours, or otherwise lost revenue or faced significant increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

– If a tenant has a paid security deposit of more than one month’s rent, the tenant can apply all or part of that excess to April, May, or June rent. Under this provision, the tenant must notify the landlord that they have lost a job, lost hours, or otherwise lost revenue or faced significant increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mortgage Protection Information:

If you are looking for information on mortgage protections as well as valuable Q&A’s about protections and resources  please visit CT’s Mortgage Protection Information

You can find more information on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) Website

Watch this helpful video by the CFPB: CARES Act Mortgage Forbearance: What You Need to Know

If your mortgage servicer is not communicative or cooperative, you can file a complaint with the Department of Banking through the Online Complaint Form or by contacting the department at 860-240-8299 or 1-800-831-7225 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).

If you have any questions about  food resources, rent/mortgage protection, executive order no. 7X, or mutual aid support please email ala.ochumare@elmcitymontessori.org .

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Know Your Rights:

  1. Biggest Takeaways: 
    1. People who find themselves with Immigration Agents must remain quiet, and keep all personal information private and NEVER sign anything. 
    2. If you are inside your home/vehicle, an immigration agent CANNOT compel you to leave or open the door. They must have an order of deportation signed by a judge 
  2. This is a great website for resources on EVERYTHING Know Your Rights. Pay special attention to the card they have on the top of the page. If possible, print it and always have it in your wallet and show it to immigration in case of an emergency. Know Your Rights
  3. Immigrant Defense Project has been monitoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests in the community, infographic here

El Proyecto de Defensa al Inmigrante (Immigrant Defense Project — IDP) ha estado observando los arrestos por parte del ICE en la comunidad. ¡Entérate de tus derechos! infografía aquí.

  1. There is an organization called Connecticut Students for a Dream, and they have managed to create a spreadsheet with resources that are available to undocumented people in the state along the lines of housing, food, medical and mental health as well as money/finances. And in Spanish.
  2. This next resource is particularly for people who may have DACA in our community about their renewals: United We Dream USCIS Office Closures Guidance.

Main takeaways: 

  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office closed its doors to in-person services, 
    • They can use last years biometrics for DACA renewal 
    • Look out for any Request for Evidence (RFE) from their offices since you need to reply as soon as possible 
    • The organization United We Dream, the largest organizing force for immigrants nationwide, recommends people to renew their DACA as soon as possible due to upcoming decisions in SCOTUS 

For more information, connect with alejandra.coronaortega@elmcitymontessori.org.

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Volunteerism and Resource Sharing Opportunities:

If you are interested in sponsoring a family please fill out this Family Sponsorship form. 

If you want to donate to the larger mutual aid efforts please fill out the offering form here.

Check out New Haven Mutual aid networks on facebook New Haven Area Mutual Aid to stay updated.

Semilla Collective Food Garage (semillacollective.org), helping to redistribute food to ~300 families/week in New Haven, is seeking more volunteers to support with packing, organizing, delivering, etc. If you or someone you can recommend is interested in working with us, please complete this Google Form Volunteer Application.  Contribute via our GoFundMe page, like us on Facebook.

If you would like to support the Autoimmune-Compromised and Disabled Rural Queer Mutual Aid efforts please complete this form here.

If you would like to directly share resources with mutual aid networks throughout CT please visit here.

Support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 Pandemic by volunteering at the City of New Haven’s Blake Field Drop-In Center. The drop-in center, located at Blake Field in East Rock, will function as a triage site to identify and provide resources to people experiencing homelessness while connecting them to medical and behavioral health services, as well as providing basic services like food, showers, clothing. The center will be open Monday through Friday, 12:30-4:00 PM. Volunteers will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE). Learn more and sign up at: http://bit.ly/blakefieldvolunteer. Please reach out toblakefieldvolunteerteam@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

For more information on mutual aid please contact, ala.ochumare@elmcitymontessori.org

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