State of CT Department of Social Services New Haven Regional Office
Financial Help Provided: General Relief Assistance, Cash Assistance
Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm.
Temporary Family Assistance (TFA)
Temporary Family Assistance is the name for the cash assistance program for basic and special needs which are paid to recipients of Jobs First. This replaced what was known as the AFDC program. Jobs First Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) provides cash assistance to families. For families with an employable adult, there is a 21-month lifetime limit for the receipt of TFA. Families in which there is no employable adult have no limit to the duration of the benefits.
State Administered General Assistance (SAGA)
Through the SAGA program, the Department provides cash assistance to individuals who are unable to work for medical or other prescribed reasons, and to families that do not meet the blood-relationship requirements of the Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) program.
Employable individuals are not eligible for SAGA cash assistance. However, employable individuals who have substance abuse problems may be eligible to receive treatment and some financial support through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ (DMHAS) Basic Needs Program. You can get information about the Basic Needs Program by calling toll-free 1-800-658-4472.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives
The State Supplement program provides cash assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled to supplement their income and maintain them at a standard of living established by the State Legislature. In order to receive benefits, individuals must have another source of income such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or Veterans’ benefits.
Funeral Allowance for SAGA
The Department pays for funeral and burial expenses of SAGA recipients and indigent persons (other than TFA or State Supplement recipients) who die without sufficient estate or legally-liable relatives able to pay for the cost of a proper funeral and burial.
Towns that are served by the New Haven Regional Office are:
Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge
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