Connecticut Job Search Toolkit

Job Loss Resource Guide

Finances & Money Management

Care4Kids – Helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Credit Repair and Debt Counseling – Information on credit repair and debt counseling provided by the Connecticut Department of Banking.

CT ProBono Network – A statewide initiative to help Connecticut families cope with personal financial management issues in the midst of a troubled economic environment.

Educational Resources for Consumers – Information provided by the Connecticut Department of Banking on consumer credit, mortgages,  money management and financial education programs.

Employment & Training Administration Laid-Off WorkersU.S. Department of Labor website that provides access to programs and services for workers who have been laid off, or are anticipating a lay off.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Web site offers information on credit and loans, debt collection, foreclosures & mortgages, as well as a link to the free credit reports.

Goodwill Industries – Offers job training, employment placement and services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Connecticut locations can be found at the Goodwill Locator.

Institute for Financial Literacy – The mission of the Institute for Financial Literacy is to make effective financial literacy education available for all American adults.

Unemployment Benefits – Comprehensive guide to unemployment including eligibility requirements, emergency filing, frequently asked questions and more. Prepared by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Where To Turn in Connecticut When You Become Unemployed (United Way of Connecticut) – Provides information on state, federal and local resources to help people who are unemployed and looking for jobs.

Worker Re-employment – Employment, training and financial help during job transition.

Health & Welfare

Charter Oak Health Plan – Provides income guidelines, benefits and application information about the Charter Oak Health Plan.

COBRA Continuation Coverage Assistance – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under COBRA.

Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) – Includes information about programs and services in Connecticut for families with children, seniors, people with disabilities and other adults.

Employees Guide to Health Benefits under COBRA – Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration

HUSKY Healthcare for Uninsured Kids  & Youth – Information on the HUSKY plan a Connecticut free or low-cost insurance program for children and youth up to age 19.

HUSKY Infoline – Provides information on the HUSKY program to working families, agencies, providers and other interested parties

Manage Job Loss and Transition – A list of resources to help individuals get through job loss and transition.

Mental Health Services Locator – Provides information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers, and the public.

Nutrition Assistance Programs –  Information on various Connecticut Department of Social Services nutrition assistance programs.

Rapid Response Session Information Packet – Developed by the Connecticut Department of Labor. Provides information about COBRA, job training, support groups, tax implications and more.

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1  (Food Resources) – Includes information on 2-1-1’s Community Resource Database for comprehensive food information, e-Library papers and additional resources.

Housing & Foreclosure Assistance

Avoiding Foreclosure (Conn. Dept. of Banking) –  A Connecticut Dept. of Banking booklet that provides information on avoiding foreclosure,  refinancing and loan programs, legal information, telephone hotline help and more.

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) -Includes eligibility requirements, updated poverty guidelines, application sites and related materials.

Connecticut Supportive Housing Employment & Training Services Directory – A central information repository on employment and training services available for residents of supportive housing and individuals exiting homelessness.

Connecticut Weatherization Assistance – Information on the Weatherization Assistance Program administered by the  Connecticut Dept. of Social Services (DSS).

Elderly Home Heating Assistance Program (EHHAP) –  Program for Connecticut senior citizens who have exhausted their Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and Connecticut Heating Assistance Program (CHAP) benefits.

Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMAP) – A Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) program that provides financial assistance to unemployed Connecticut homeowners.

Federal Reserve Board: Mortgage Foreclosure Resources – If you are having difficulty making your mortgage payment, one of the most important things you can do is seek assistance.

Foreclosure Mediation Program – Established pursuant to P.A. 08-176 and its purpose is to assist homeowners and lenders achieve a mutually agreeable resolution to a mortgage foreclosure action through the mediation process.

Housing Assistance (Conn. Dept. of Social Services) –  The Connecticut Department of Social Services provides comprehensive housing-related services thru direct grants to municipalities and community based agencies.

HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency Agencies – Listing of  HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies in Connecticut.

LIHEAP Clearinghouse  (Connecticut) – Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse website for state, tribal and individuals interested in low-income energy issues.

Making Home Affordable – Provides homeowners with financial assistance information along with self-assessment tools and calculators to empower borrowers with the resources they need to determine if they are eligible for a loan modification or refinancing.

Mortgage Foreclosure Resources – Offers information on how to avoid foreclosure scams, and a credit card repayment calculator.

Operation Fuel Bank – A private, non-profit energy assistance program for people who need emergency help with energy bills and are not eligible for state or federal assistance.

Tips for Pet Owners Facing Foreclosure – Provides  tips to help you relocate with your pets or find other safe placement for them.

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 (Housing) – Includes information low cost housing options, avoiding foreclosure, eviction prevention, CHAP program and more.

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 (Housing/Homeless Prevention) – Provides information and resources for teens and adults who are homeless.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure – Whether you’re in foreclosure now or worried about it in the future, we have information that can help.

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