**DSS Greater Hartford Field Office is now available, for pick-up and drop-off applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answer; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 20 Meadow Rd., Windsor.  Please note:  no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.


**DSS New Haven Field Office will be available beginning Tuesday, August 11, for above services — Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. — 50 Humphrey Street, New Haven.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.


**At all DSS Field Officesapplications and drop-boxes are available.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.


**Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is affected by power outages from Tropical Storm Isaias, related to computer access by staff. Thank you for your patience.


**24/7 access:  Customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office dropboxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Information and updates about child support is available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport. Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covid for DSS-specific updates. Thank you.

Getting Your Federal Stimulus Check: Information and Resources—including Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


**NEW! Special Information about Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)**


The Department of Social Services is partnering with the Connecticut Association of Human Services and Social Venture Partners of Westport to give you information about the benefits of Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA. VITA can help you:


· claim your federal stimulus check (Economic Impact Payment);

· claim federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits; and

· get free tax return preparation help (including the Earned Income Tax Credit).


The free service is approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You can access the service from any device. Simply schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer by clicking here. This link will bring you to the website of the Connecticut Association for Human Services.


It is important to know that receiving the Economic Impact Payments will not affect your eligibility for DSS food, cash, or medical benefits.


For more information about VITA, please click here to see an email sent to Department of Social Services customers receiving SNAP and cash assistance. To go to the general VITA site at the Connecticut Association for Human Services, please click here: www.cahs.org/freetaxprep. Thank you.


**Please follow this link to see Governor Lamont’s news release encouraging participation in Statewide VITA Program to combat financial insecurity during COVID-19 Pandemic (6/22/20). 



**Please note:  receiving your Economic Impact Payment will NOT affect your eligibility for Medicaid/HUSKY Health, SNAP or other DSS programs.