Norwich Public Schools prides itself on centering community and introducing community resources with its families to create awareness of local programs and services, and to foster health and wellness. Here, you will find additional information on NPS Family Resource Center along with a variety of community resources that provide food assistance, utility assistance, health care, clothing, transportation, childcare and more!
NPS Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center provides a wide variety of services designed to support the health development of families. Family Resource Center Specialists can help you find community resources that suit your specific need, support you in filling out forms, and provide you with computer access.
2-1-1 Statewide Resource
2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and over the phone. Ability to communicate in 150 languages on the phone.
Select a link below to learn more about local resources.
CT Social Services Norwich Field Office
401 West Thames Street Suite 102 Norwich, CT 06360
M-F: 8am-4:30pm; Benefits Center line hours: 7:30am-4pm
Temporary Family Assistance (TFA)
Time limited cash assistance program, for very low income eligible families provides monthly cash for basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing and employment assistance. Any relative who has a child living with them can receive TFA (Temporary Financial Assistance) for the child only, regardless of the relative's income or assets.
Families with children under 18, pregnant women may qualify if no other means of support are available; Must be U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status in Connecticut; Must be engaged in an employment services activity unless exempted; Child or children in the household must live with a related adult or an adult who has filed for guardianship through probate court; Many TFA-eligible households are grandparents caring for grandchildren; Income of a non-parent relative or guardian does not count when the relative or guardian does not receive TFA for themselves. See 211 for list of expectations to employment work activity requirement.
Identification, social security cards, birth certificates, proof of income/assets, proof of residency
Online access: Visit the www.portal.ct.gov/dss website and go to Clients/Applicants, then How to Apply. From here you can print an application for mailing to the agency. Or, click on the ConneCT icon at www.portal.ct.gov/dss to apply online. You can also apply online at www.connect.ct.gov and click on the ‘Apply for Benefits’ button, Call the DSS Benefits Center Line, 1-855-626-6632 or visit a DSS office
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Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. Benefits provide $30 per month discount for internet service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
Enrollees in SNAP, Medicaid (HUSKY A, D and C), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits, WIC, or Lifeline are automatically eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
How to apply
- Submit an application on www.AffordableConnectivity.gov
- Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan and have the discount applied to your bill. Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.
- Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.
Lifeline is a federal program dedicated to making phone and internet service more affordable for low-income households. This benefit provides eligible consumers with a monthly discount of up to $9.25.
Eligibility: If you are enrolled in SNAP, Medicaid (HUSKY A, D and C), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits you are automatically eligible for LifeLine. If not current enrolled in a government program, income based eligibility available.
Meals are free to any child age 18-and-under, no questions asked. The program provides free, nutritious meals to kids during summer break. Summer Meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are composed of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein. Available late June to mid August.
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Connecticut Pardon Team, Inc
The Connecticut Pardon Team provides tools and information to help change the lives of individuals who:
- Were formerly convicted of a crime
- Who have successfully completed their parole and/or their probation
- Who have made significant steps towards rebuilding their lives and have taken positive action to rehabilitate themselves
- Who are taking a proactive role in giving back to their communities
- Who are setting an exceptional example for other convicted persons
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Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA)
CHFA’s mission is to alleviate the shortage of housing for low- to moderate-income families and persons in this state and, when appropriate, to promote or maintain the economic development of this state through employer-assisted housing efforts. Information on First Time Homebuyers Guide, Homebuyer Education, mortgages and
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Healthy Homes Program - Connecticut Children’s
- Provide support to improve living conditions for families
- Educate families on the importance of maintaining a healthy home and connect families to community resources
- asthma education
- nutrition assistance
- job readiness programs
- energy efficiency and weatherization services, and care coordination services
- Advocate for all families to live in quality, stable, and affordable housing