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Nearly $1 million in federal support for food, emergency shelters, and homeless prevention services has been awarded to 25 non-profits and municipalities in Hartford County, according to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

United Way administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and also facilitates the Local Board of Hartford County, a group of community volunteers that decide on allocation of funds within federal guidelines.

In addition to the EFSP program, Hartford County was also eligible for federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic (CARES) Act funding to support those impacted by COVID-19, bringing the total federal resources to nearly $1 million.

The funds will help to supplement the work of local social service organizations and municipalities to support people in need of emergency assistance including emergency shelters; food distributed through Foodshare; and, homeless prevention services through rent, mortgage, and/or energy assistance.

“These federal funds are needed now more than ever,” said Jennifer Pettit, Hartford County Board Chair and Senior Manager, Community Investment, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “We’ve seen an increase in need for emergency services throughout our county as a result of the pandemic. The non-profits and municipals receiving these funds will be able to serve the growing need and help individuals in our community during a most challenging time.”

EFSP and CARES Act funds will support services of the following non-profits and municipalities:

Mass shelter support ($365,045):

  • City of Hartford
  • Community Renewal Team (East Hartford)
  • Friendship Service Center, Inc. (New Britain)
  • ImmaCare Inc. (Hartford)
  • Interval House (Hartford)
  • Mercy Housing Center and Shelter Corporation (Hartford)
  • Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. (New Britain)
  • South Park Inn, Inc. (Hartford)
  • St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc. (Bristol)
  • The Network CT (Enfield)
  • The Open Hearth (Hartford)
  • The Salvation Army (Hartford and New Britain)
  • YWCA Hartford Region (Hartford)

Homeless Prevention: Energy Assistance and Rental/Mortgage Assistance ($187,720):

  • Community Health Resources (Enfield)
  • Human Resources Agency of New Britain (Bristol, Burlington, New Britain and Plainville)
  • Manchester Area Conference of Churches
  • The Salvation Army (Hartford)
  • Town of East Hartford
  • Town of East Windsor
  • Town of Newington
  • Town of South Windsor
  • Town of Suffield Social Services
  • Town of Windsor
  • Town of Windsor Locks

Food ($365,045):

  • Foodshare, Inc. (Hartford County)

About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is proud to partner with our colleagues and community partners throughout the state in coordinating a philanthropic response to COVID-19. United Way’s vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and finds long-term solutions to challenging problems. United Way does this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers to ensure that: children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met during tough times. For more information, visit