**All 12 DSS Field Offices are now available for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Drop-boxes are also available.  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.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices .

 **Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  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.

 

Press Releases

08/18/2020

Community Services Block Grant Allocation Plan – Federal Fiscal Year 2021 & Notice and Request for Comments on CSBG CARES Act Supplemental Award Amendment

Community Services Block Grant Allocation Plan – Federal Fiscal Year 2021

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its administrative agency, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services.  The Connecticut Department of Social Services is designated as the principal state agency for the allocation and administration of the block grant within the state of Connecticut.

There are currently nine Community Action Agencies (CAA) and one Limited Purpose Agency that qualify for CSBG funding in Connecticut.  Each CAA has a specified service area.  In Connecticut, CSBG funds are primarily used by CAAs to provide  planning  and  coordination,  organize  services,  encourage  innovative  and  effective approaches to addressing the causes of poverty, broadening the resource base for programs and services, and for core administrative expenses. 

Please follow this link for a copy of the FFY 21 CSBG Allocation Plan

Notice and Request for Comments on CSBG CARES Act Supplemental Award Amendment

The Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services, is seeking public comment on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Act Supplemental Award Amendment for the FY2020 CSBG Allocation Plan.  Comments can be sent to Carlene Taylor at Carlene.Taylor@ct.gov.  The comment period closes on August 31, 2020.  A copy of the Amendment can be downloaded here.