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Bristol Community Organization

Website: http://www.bcoct.org/

Bristol, CT - 06010
(860) 589-8623

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BCO is a private nonprofit Community Action Agency serving the young, the elderly, persons with disabilities, low-income individuals and families in the Greater Bristol Area.

A variety of programs are administered by the Social Service Staff. Services include counseling, advocacy, and support services. Information and referral services include childcare resources, health, food, furniture, clothing, employment assistance, shelter assistance, money management, and State DSS services.

SAGA/LIA Case Management Unit
Services to adults eligible for DSS Medical and SNAP (Food Stamps) programs include: A comprehensive needs assessment and referral to appropriate resources, housing or shelter information, DSS program application assistance, referral to employment and training resources, food or clothing vouchers, transportation via BCO's Dial-a-Ride, and referrals to community support services.

EFPP offers assessment, mediation, and financial assistance for low income Connecticut residents experiencing a non-recurring, unexpected hardship who have past due rent or mortgage payments and who have received a notice to quit or notice of foreclosure. The amount of assistance is determined on a case by case basis; however, the maximum allowable grant is $1200. The amount of arrearage is one determinant of the amount of the grant; it is possible that people with very high arrearages may not be able to be helped. This is NOT an entitlement program.
Eligibility: Resident of Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Plainville, or Plymouth/Terryville experiencing a non-recurring, unexpected, documentable hardship; For financial assistance applicant must have received a notice to quit; People who are behind in rent but do not yet have a notice to quit are eligible for mediation services only; Must have income; Income must be at or below 60% of the state median income; Monthly rent/mortgage cannot exceed 60% of gross monthly income; Must be able to pay the next month's rent; Other restrictions may apply.
Hours: M-F: 8:30am-4:30pm

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1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.