IF AN EMERGENCY, dial 911
Many towns have their own offerings such as food pantries, communal meals, funds for arts, education and camperships, and, occasionally, community funds for those in need. Contact your Town Hall or go to your town website for information. Residents of Connecticut can also contact the Department of Social Services.
Real property tax relief may also be available for veterans, seniors and disabled individuals. See entries on Social Services and Support Groups.
INFOLINE: 211 (Directory of Community Services) A free and confidential service that provides information on local services –everything from housing resources if you are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, utility and food assistance, child and elder care, after school programs, crisis intervention, how to contact your local legislator, what emergency rooms are open in the middle of the night and much more. Specialists assist with complex issues like financial problems, substance abuse and suicide prevention and with simpler issues such as finding volunteer opportunities and donation options.
2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. Call 211 or access the website: www.211ct.org.