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Here are two ways to get a COVID-19 test:
- Schedule an appointment or walk-up for testing: 293 East Street in New Haven
- Walk-up testing: 60 Putnam Ave Hamden
For a full list of food pantries in New Haven, text: Nhfoodlist to 833-675-0717
The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced that it will provide $16.9 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits to more than half of Connecticut SNAP-eligible households on Wednesday, December 16 – adding to the $157.2 million in emergency benefits disbursed in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.
Authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the extra food benefits will go to approximately 112,000 households not currently receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. This means that all households enrolled in SNAP will receive the maximum food benefit allowable for their household size, even if they are not usually eligible for the maximum benefit.
Gas companies cannot terminate service to “hardship cases” during the period 11/1-5/1. However, they can refuse to reinstate service for “hardship” customers if there has been a shut off between 5/2-10/31, if their household had had service maintained during the previous moratorium period because of “hardship” status, AND if since 5/1 the customer has not paid the lessor of $100, the minimum payments due under the payment arrangement, or 20% of the amount owed the gas company as of the date of the shutoff. (This does not apply to customers who are in a life-threatening situation if utility is not restored.)
These are challenging time for families and children. The Yale Child Study Center has put together a collection of resources to help children and families cope with stress and activities for learning and enjoyment while staying at home.
On December 4, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order 9P expanding eligibility to the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program to approximately 38,000 individuals not qualifying last summer for the six-week program due a federal requirement claimants receive at least $100 per week in unemployment benefits to qualify for the additional LWA funding. Learn more here.
Existing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants have already self-certified and do not need to do anything to receive the additional benefit. New unemployment claimants and existing state and extended benefits claimants who are required to self-certify are notified by the Department through letter or email.
Self-certification is only required once for the duration of eligibility, it is not required weekly. To self-certify:
- Claimants log in to their unemployment account, where the account main page offers a new option in the menu ‘Certify for Lost Wages Assistance;
- Once a claimant has clicked on the button, a new screen will ask them to certify that their unemployment or underemployment is due to COVID-19;
- The claimant then confirms their submission and has completed the process.
Federal eligibility guidelines include:
- Recipients of at least $100 per week, including the dependency allowance, of any of the following benefits for the week they are seeking unemployment benefits;
- Claimants receiving unemployment compensation including state and federal workers and former service members as well as those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Extended Benefits, or High Extended Benefits;
- Claimants who are part of the Shared Work program, and;
- Workers with a Trade Readjustment Allowance.
“During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of New Haven is focused on making sure our most vulnerable residents continue to have reliable access to food. City staff have been working diligently to organize, collaborate, and communicate with various food resource providers across sectors and geographies to ensure that efforts to maintain food provisions are synchronized, informed, and efficient. We are doing our part to identify the needs and concerns of residents and providers and are constantly assessing our capabilities to support and fulfill those needs.”