COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NEW HAVEN
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Family Services

Family Services Division


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Family services THAT TRANSFORM PEOPLE'S LIVES AND THE LIFE OF OUR COMMUNITY

From surfing seniors to helping teenagers build a better future we are committed to being a support system for our community. Here are a few of our services and programs that lead our clients on a pathway to prosperity.

 

Passport to Prosperity provides a network of comprehensive, client centered and culturally competent services to CAANH clients.  The passport will serve as a vehicle to access internal and external (CAANH) services within a network of community partners.  Clients will receive the benefit of a broad service delivery network and immediate, short and long-term services they may not have gotten access to without the passport.

 

We provide case management and advocacy to promote self-sufficiency. The following services are available to eligible customers:

Family Services:

Financial Education

Passport to Prosperity

Outreach Services

Case Management Training

URGENT SERVICES

Diaper Bank

Open Choice Food Pantry

Operation Fuel


Apply for Family Assistance by filling out the form below and it will be submitted to one of our case workers


FAMILY SERVICES FORM

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DIAPER BANK

DIAPER BANK

CAANH provides diapers to eligible low - income households in New Haven, once a month by appointment only. Eligibility requirements are income at or below 200% of Federal poverty guidelines and residency in the city of New Haven. The child must be under 3, and must reside with the applicant, and cannot receive diapers from more than one local diaper bank.

Required Documentation

1) Photo ID and proof of residency (current utility bill with name and address, apartment rental lease, etc.)

2) Proof of income (pay stubs, unemployment benefits, Social Security, SSDI, etc.

3) Child’s birth certificate

 For more information:

Contact our Diaper Bank at (203) 387-7700, ext. 7172

or fill out the form below that will be submitted to the caseworker handling the program.


DIAPER bank Form

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MANAGE YOUR FUTURE (MYF)

Manage Your Future (MYF) provides youth between the ages of 14 and 18 with financial-literacy, job-readiness and social-development skills. CAANH recently received from the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) $300,000 per year for two years to expand the program locally and establish a similar program administered by the Urban League of Greater Hartford.

Fill out the form below to apply for our Manage Your Future Program and it will be submitted to one of our case workers

ManAgE Your Future Form

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HOMEBOUND CASE MANAGEMENT

Homebound Case Management is available for eligible people who are unable to come into CAANH due to physical and age limitations.   A caseworker visits to help the client apply for energy assistance, as well as any additional referrals and services at the time of the visit.

Fill out the form below to get Homebound Assistance and it will be submitted to one of our case workers


HOMEBOUND CASE MANAGEMENT FORM

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FATHERS MATTER PROGRAM

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FATHERS MATTER PROGRAM

 CAANH and New Haven Healthy Start have partnered to encourage low-income and non-custodial fathers become more involved with their children lives. Research shows that fathers who are connected to mothers while they’re pregnant help to improve birth outcomes.

The CAANH program will work collaboratively with NHHS to educate young men and women before and during pregnancy, so they’ll make better choices throughout the course of the relationship and marriage and their child's growth. Healthy men contribute to healthy families and communities. By connecting mothers and fathers, as co-parents it will support positive and healthy development of their child. Without active intervention, fathers may not know how to reach out, and when they finally do, the children may or maynot be receptive.

Early and active reconciliation and engagement is what we encourage for healthy families. Because poor and/or dysfunctional parenting can leave everyone involved traumatized and regretful. It is sometimes difficult to recapture time that is lost by absence and neglect but we develop the emotional skills to help overcome this. Without an intervening force the cycle may likely repeat itself. There’s more fatherhood work going on now than ever before, and even more needs to be done. New Haven, for instance, has only one family shelter allowing fathers to stay with their children. We hope that our efforts together with the M.I.N. Consortium, and Dad and Diamonds are Forever will inspire a rich dialogue for better results for children and parents whatever their station in life. Our guidance, support, and education combined with other agencies will lead to better access to jobs, improved incomes, and ultimately to new levels of civic involvement that create healthier communities. Giving fathers and those re-entering society a second chance is our mission because healthy families are the foundation of a healthy society.

Fill out the form below to inlist in our Father's Matter Program and it will be submitted to one of our case workers


FATHERS MATTER SERVICE FORM

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OPEN CHOICE FOOD PANTRY

Food insecurity is the new name for hunger in America, as an unprecedented millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table for their families. The inspiration for our program was borrowed from a recent documentary film ’’A Place at the Table.” It is a good rendering of this crisis.

Our Program Visits Wednesday Thursday, and Friday

Please schedule an appointment by calling 203-387-7700 X172.  

 Food Pantry visits occur on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  

We are putting a face on these stories from CAANH's Open Choice Food Pantry.  Even though most of our clients work, they are still unable to make ends meet.  Our Food Pantry allows clients choose the foods they want, rather than making the decision for them, this is not always the way most pantries operate. CAANH chooses healthful food items.

Every year, CAANH Open Choice Food Pantry distributes more than 30,000 pounds of food.  Through our Chili-Fest and grants, we are able to buy a great variety of healthy food for our pantry.  The current economic situation is creating a greater need now than ever before to address this problem.  People who've never needed food assistance are now visiting the CAANH Food Pantry to feed their families.

If you have more enough food, please help others!!

Fill out the form below and it will be submitted to one of our case workers if you want to apply to the food pantry

To donate food call (203) 387 7700 or use the Donate button and an email will be sent to CAANH.net


Open CHOICE PANTRY FORM

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If you know a school, group or organization that would like to have a FOOD DRIVE, please contact us at 203-387-7700 X220.  We will pick up food from your organization.

CAANH also provides emergency food supply to eligible low-income households in New Haven, once a month by appointment only. Customers can choose what goes into their bag(s) from different food groups (fruits, vegetables, cereals, rice and pasta, tuna, peanut butter, soups, meat as available), rather than receiving a pre-packed bag of food.

Eligibility requirements

You must have an Income at or below 235% of Federal poverty guidelines and residency in the city of New Haven

Required Documentation

Photo ID and proof of residency (current utility bill with name and address, apartment rental lease, etc.  

Proof of income (pay stubs, unemployment benefits, Social Security, SSDI, etc.

 


HEALTHCARE ADVOCACY

ANH is enrolling people for affordable health care during the following dates.The open enrollment period begins November 15, 2015 and ends February 15, 2016

To schedule an appointment, please call 203-387-7700 Ext 193 

Leave your name and number and someone will return your call.Proof of number in the household (Social Security numbers and Dates of Birth for each one).


WARREN A. KIMBRO RE-ENTRY PROGRAM

Warren A. Kimbro Re-Entry Program (WKRP) helps formerly incarcerated New Haven residents successfully return to the community after their release from prison.  The goal and impact of WKRP is a 50% reduction in the recidivism rate of the target population within 5 years by employing an individualized re-entry plan.

 WKR Believing in the power of individuals to change

 If you or someone you know qualifies for this program, please contact CAANH for more information (203) 387-7700, ext. 7483                                                                                               or fill out the form below that will be submitted to one of our case workers


WKRP RE-ENTRY FORM

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S.M.A.R.T WOMAN Single Mother Services: Smart Woman

CAANH has implemented a single mothers’ initiative that helps single mothers to meet the demands of daily living, improve their parenting skills, and increase their level of self-sufficiency.  SMART’s new Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) (funded by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s, Community Fund for Women and Girls) are designed to advance the economic security of 10 clients and their families.  

For more information contact us at 203-387-7700 Ext 135 or fill out the form below to apply for our SMART Woman Program and it will will be submitted to one of our case workers

S.M.A.R.T WOMAN FORM

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VOLUNTEER INDIVIDUAL TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM VITA:

CAANH is one of several sites in the Greater New Haven area for help with your taxes. 

This past tax season, CAANH helped nearly 250 clients file their federal and state income taxes.  As part of the VITA Program, CAANH partners with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The IRS certifies all of CAANH’s volunteer tax preparers and provides program assistance.

For more information on VITA at CAANH,

 fill out the form below to apply for our Tax Program and it will will be submitted to one of our case workers

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