Area families in need of help with food, housing due to pandemic have additional option after grant

Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:58
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – As the COVID- 19 crisis continues to unfold, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain is able to continue helping families with the help of a grant from The American Savings Foundation.

The ASF board of directors approved a grant of $56,500 to HRA for its emergency energy assistance program. This represents a 50% increase over the foundation’s grant toward this program last year.

“Human Resources Agency is grateful for additional support at this critical time,” said Richard Knoll, interim executive director of HRA.

The New Britain agency has been helping families who are experiencing increased needs for food, housing stabilization, utility payment assistance and income tax assistance through the VITA program. Now, as freezes on energy shutoffs and evictions are set to expire, HRA is expecting an increase in families needing help to maintain energy expenses. In the summer months, this can be especially vital for families with young children, older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

“The organization is preparing to serve an unprecedented number of families through the summer and into the winter months, including many who may have never needed to turn to us for help before,” Knoll said.

The funds granted by the ASF will supplement assistance provided statewide by the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and Operation Fuel. Both of these programs help thousands of families with income constraints maintain home energy each year. An additional 45 to 75 families who are facing more immediate or temporary economic emergencies will be provided with energy assistance. In some cases, funds can be used to assist with rent and housing stabilization as well.

“American Savings Foundation is proud to partner with HRA as they help and support local families during this difficult time,” said Maria Falvo, president and CEO of the American Savings Foundation. “We want to put resources in place that can help keep families from falling behind as they navigate this crisis.”

HRA is dedicated to increasing economic self-sufficiency among individuals and families residing in the cities and towns of Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, New Britain, Plainville and Plymouth.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Plainville on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:58. Updated: Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:00.