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Stamford, CT - 06902
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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) - The Food Pantry
TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.
Food Pantry Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Crisis Counseling
Provides emergency services to customers with immediate needs such as food, clothing, or shelter. The counselor makes referrals and gives the customer whatever help is needed to solve the immediate problem. Last year the Crisis Counseling program served 275 people.

Hispanic Resource Center
An information and referral center to serve the needs of the growing Hispanic population of the Stamford area. Translation, community organizing, and case management are also provided. In addition, ESL classes, which are designed to assist foreign-born customers in the acquisition of language, math, reading, and job seeking skills, are offered through this program. 408 people were served through the Hispanic Resource Center last year.

Housing Assistance
The Housing Specialist provides counseling to families with housing-related problems. The counselor also represents and advocates on behalf of people needing assistance in relations between landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers, and with regard to problems with eviction and discrimination in the public and private housing sectors. The counselor works in conjunction with the Housing Authority, the Housing Court , the Section 8 Program, and other housing-related services. 323 took advantage of CTE's services in this area last year.

Victor House
Founded in April 2007, Victor House is a safe-haven for homeless families in Stamford. Our supportive housing program provides a range of services for low-income families seeking permanent housing within the community. With the support of the Housing Coordinator, residents focus on finding stable employment, and enroll in GED and job training courses. All our residents are given the opportunity to obtain all the help they need to break the cycle of homelessness, incarceration and poverty. The program currently consists of eight scattered sites and we anticipate the creation of additional units in the near future.

Tri-Lingual Services
This program utilizes Haitian and Hispanic advocates to provide translation and assistance to Hispanics and Haitians in areas such as: immigration, employment, and health care. We refer customers to other CTE programs and to programs at other community agencies and assisted 310 people last year.

Haitian Family Mentoring Program
This program worked with 305 Haitian immigrant families to assist them in their transition to life in America last year. Education about HIV and AIDS and help with healthy decision-making are important goals of the program. In 2000-2001, the program will be extended to include the Hispanic community.

Hispanic/Haitian Outreach Program
This is a new program, funded by the Stamford Community Development Program, that provides outreach to the Hispanic and Haitian communities in Stamford to educate residents concerning the availability of services and to refer them to appropriate programs both at CTE and at other community agencies.

Energy Assistance Program
The Energy Program determines eligibility for assistance with energy bills for homeowners and renters. A large portion of the 1,600 participants in this program are senior citizens who are on fixed incomes.

REACH Program
The REACh (Residential Energy Assistance Challenge) program is a new program providing matched funds towards energy costs. An energy savings account is established to help plan for winter heating costs and those dollars are matched 1:1 up to $1500. Energy conservation and financial literacy classes around budgeting, banking, and savings are provided as well as utility mediation services.

Homeless Outreach Program
This program provides a consistent presence to people who live on the streets, many of whom choose not to go to a shelter. It teaches the homeless how to advocate for their own needs. It also works with the formerly homeless to help them learn the life skills needed to maintain their own independent living.

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