Hartford County, CT Community Assistance Programs and Resources

Services Provided on this page:
> Housing Programs and Assistance
> Food Programs and Assistance. ie. pantries
> Homeless Assistance Programs ie. shelters, day shelters, homeless assistance
> Numerous Helpful programs not listed above ie. bus tickets, free rides



Hartford County Housing Assistance Programs

See our list of housing assistance programs. We list HUD, housing assistance, subsidized housing programs in Hartford County.

Stewart B. McKinney Shelter - Hartford Men's Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.crtct.org/en/need-help/housing-a-shelters/mens-shelter
34 Huyshope Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 722-6922

Our 78-bed shelter offers overnight beds, dinner, breakfast, and showers. Preference may be given to Hartford residents. A single stay can last up to 90 days with the possibility of an extension. Medical screening and immunization provided. Case managers assist with employment and housing, and make referrals to other services. Staff speaks English and Spanish. A day program for men with medical needs operates at the shelter. Staff helps with housing, jobs, counseling, drug/alcohol use, mental illness, HIV/AIDS and other issues. Lunch is offered to day program participants.***Eligibility: To check on bed availability you must call 211. The shelter is open to men: 18 and older, or emancipated youth with proper documents. Who can walk independently, and is an able body. Who are willing to obey shelter rules. Bring a form of identification to the shelter with you.

St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol — Bristol Homeless Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.svdpofbristol.com
19 Jacobs St
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 589-0702

The Bristol Homeless Shelter was founded in 1984 as the Bristol Emergency Shelter and Housing Coalition. It is a 25 bed emergency shelter for men, women and children which provides food, shelter, case-management and referral services. The goal of the Bristol Homeless Shelter is to provide temporary emergency shelter to persons experiencing homelessness and to provide them with a safe, stable base from which to get and keep a job, enable children to return to school and to provide relief from the emotional and moral violence that often accompanies homelessness.

St. Elizabeth's Transitional Housing

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.mercyhousingct.org/st-elizabeth-house.htm
118 Main St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 808-2120

St. Elizabeth House Transitional Living Program is home to 46 homeless adults who live in single rooms for up to two years while they identify and face complex issues that caused them to become homeless. Working closely with case managers, individuals set and meet goals that will return them to self-sufficiency and independence. While living at St. Elizabeth House, in addition to providing intensive case management, individuals are served three meals a day. Mercy also works with clients to prepare them for employment and job placement, with a final goal of finding permanent housing.

South Park Inn Emergency Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://southparkinn.org/
75 Main St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 724-0071

The shelter houses up to 85 men, women and children per day, 365 days per year. The shelter is staffed 24 hours per day with Direct Care Counselors that provide guidance, support, supervision and security. Individual Service Coordinators meet with each client and arrange for support services, refer clients to appropriate programs, provide encouragement, and assist in finding housing. A number of services are available on site such as a health clinic for physical, dental and mental health screening. Several Alcoholics Anonymous and substance abuse support groups are held weekly and a variety of optional religious services, health presentations and other events are also presented. Clients are provided with access to transportation, personal hygiene supplies, and, when possible, items needed for successful relocation to their own housing.

Prudence Crandall Center for Women

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
https://prudencecrandall.org/
594 Burritt Street
New Britain, CT 06053
(860) 225-6357

Emergency Shelter: We provide a 22-bed emergency shelter home in a confidential location that is staffed 24/7 and offers wrap-around support services to women, men and children who have experienced domestic violence. Once in our shelter, everyone is welcomed into a secure, comforting, home-liked setting where they can rest, heal, and begin to regain control of their lives. During their stay in the shelter, residents have access to services including individual counseling, support groups, advocacy, information and referrals to legal services, housing services, and mental health/substance abuse services. Our shelter home includes individual bedrooms, a common living room, a large kitchen and dining area, laundry and health facilities, a children’s playroom, teen resource room, and playground. There is a separate space for male victims and/or families with older adolescent males, as needed, to ensure these victims remain connected to essential services while respecting the privacy needs of all clients. Our Child Advocate offers services to meet the unique needs of children and teens in our shelter. The goal is to address the emotional, social, and educational needs of each child, helping them rebuild trust, learn about healthy relationships, identify constructive ways to respond to the challenges they face, and strengthen the bond between parent and child. Call the 24 Hour Helpline to talk about this option and see if it is a good fit for you: 24-Hour Helpline: 888-774-2900 or 860-225-6357.

New Britain Salvation Army Community Center

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
https://ctri.salvationarmy.org/SNE/NewBritainConnecticut
78 Franklin Sq
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 225-8491

The New Britain Corps’ Emergency Services program meets the basic needs of families and individuals by providing food through its Food Pantry, coats, personal hygiene items, baby necessities, information and referrals, counseling. Seasonal assistance includes a Soup Kitchen (November through March), a Senior Thanksgiving Dinner/Delivery Program, Christmas Food Baskets and Toy Distribution, and a one-week, overnight, youth summer camp experience at Camp CONNRI in Ashford, Connecticut.***Men's Shelter: Our Men’s Shelter, located near downtown New Britain, offers temporary, safe, and supportive housing for homeless men. Residents receive one-on-one bi-weekly meetings with our Case Manager/Advocate, a monthly job readiness meeting, and workshops. The Case Manager/Advocate works with each resident individually to create and execute an action plan and strategies for attaining independence and stability.

My Sister's Place — Transitional Living Program

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://sistersplacect.org/
237 Hamilton Street Suite 203
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 549-1634

My Sisters’ Place is proud to provide a comprehensive array of outreach and services that is unmatched by any other organization in the Hartford, Connecticut region. From safe housing and education to employment and empowerment, our organization provides real, life-changing benefits to clients. Improved neighborhoods, attractive housing, working citizens – these are the real benefits My Sisters‘ Place brings to the community. My Sisters’ Place primarily serves women and children by providing housing, food, and other basic but vital needs. Our multiple facilities and wide-range of services are located in Hartford’s North End, with the majority of our residents coming from the Greater Hartford region.

Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-06
http://www.mercyhousingct.org/Supportive-Housing-Services.htm
211 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 724-7988

Mercy Supportive Housing Services combines a rental subsidy and supportive services for chronically homeless persons with very low incomes, serious and persistent conditions including substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental illness or co-occurring disabilities. Case managers provide ongoing support and assist clients with daily living tasks as well as goal setting and life skills. The goal of supportive housing is to help clients be successful in permanent housing, and give them a place to call home.

Marshall House Family Shelter Salvation Army

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
https://ctri.salvationarmy.org/SNE/MarshallHouse
225 South Marshall St
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 543-8423

Family Shelter provides 27 beds to families and individual women 365 days per year. The families and women that reside in the family shelter are able to reside there until permanent housing is secured. Residents receive access to case management, laundry facilities, and 3 meals and a snack each day.***Cold Weather Shelter: During cold weather months, December through March, Marshall House offers emergency shelter triage services for any household seeking emergency shelter each night from 4:00pm- 7:00pm. A hot meal is provided for individuals and families while staff work to fill all shelter beds. When year round shelter beds are at capacity, families and individuals are then referred to either the Women and Family No Freeze Shelter, Warming Center, or a hotel.

Imma CareEmergency Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://immacare.org/
560 Park St
Hartford, CT 06126
(860) 724-4823

The Emergency Shelter is a year-round program, open daily, 24 hours a day. Most of the individuals served through this program are under-employed or unemployed, ineligible or not yet signed up for government benefits and lacking formal education. Many also have serious mental or physical health problems, issues with substance abuse and often are estranged from their families. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep, a healthy meal, and access to clothing, showers, laundry, and referrals for mental health and substance abuse counseling, medical services, transportation assistance, entitlement assistance, and comprehensive case management. In addition, groups that focus on personal growth will be offered, such as Job Training, Activities of Daily Living, Building Social Skills as well as groups focusing on substance-free socialization including dominoes, card games and other board games. ImmaCare’s shelter is intended to be a short-term, emergency intervention focused on assisting men to gain more permanent tenancy of some sort in non-shelter housing in our region.

House of Bread

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.hobread.org/
1453 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 549-4188

We serve more than just soup. We offer food, shelter, housing and education with compassion, dignity and respect.

Friendship Service Center

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.fsc-ct.org/
241-249 Arch St
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 225-0211

Basic Needs: Food and Shelter. ***Community Kitchen: Our soup kitchen at 241 Arch Street in New Britain provides lunch 11:45 a.m. to12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to anyone in need; and three meals per day, seven days per week, to shelter residents and former residents. Staff and volunteers ensure that guests are served in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.***Emergency shelter and community kitchen are funded primarily by individual donors, arera congregations, civic organizations, special events and government, foundation. ***Emergency Shelter: Residents of our 37-bed emergency shelter for men, women and children receive three meals per day and have use of laundry facilities. Each resident works with a service coordinator to develop a case action plan that may include: counseling, crisis intervention, goal setting, housing assistance and referrals services; e.g., substance abuse treatment, education, job training, child care or a combination thereof.***Transitional Living Center: This is a six- to 24-month program for 15 single, homeless adults. Each participant is provided a room, case management and an individualized case action plan. The program serves people with mental health and substance abuse issues as well as education and employment challenges. The focus is the learning of life skills – the structure and support essential for independent living. Five rooms are for veterans.

Ed O’Neil House - House of Bread

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.hobread.org
107 Albany Avenue
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 549-4188

The Ed O’Neil House offers twenty seven units of affordable housing. Resident are the working poor and families and/or individuals who are living in transitional housing and preparing to move into permanent housing.

East Hartford Community Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12

385 Main St
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 568-0323

CRT’s 40-bed family shelter in East Hartford welcomes adults and their children. Dads, moms and two-parent families will find a safe environment. Case managers help connect families to services in the community. Preference may be given to residents of East Hartford. Staff speaks English and Spanish. The shelter is open 24 hours a day for families whose children are four years or younger. A parent or guardian must be with their children at all times. Other children are expected to be in school while their parent(s) look for work or permanent housing. We help families keep their children in school, or re-enroll in new schools. Families work on their goals of finding jobs and moving into stable housing. *** Elibibility: To check on bed availability you must call 211. Sex offenders and arsonists are not accepted. *** Residents must be: Homeless, 18 or older (or children with an adult), Open to case management with goals of housing, Sober and able to walk, Willing to follow shelter rules. Able to care for themselves. Bring a form of identification.

Community Renewal Team — Supportive Housing Collaborative

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.crtct.org/en/need-help/housing-a-shelters/supportive-housing
8 Stonington St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 560-5790

Supportive housing for homeless adults and families is offered on a temporary or permanent basis. All applicants must be homeless to qualify. Participants have access to CRT's full range of services and programs. A caseworker will help plan and access services. Get help with job training and placement. Help with life skills and budgeting is available. Survivors of domestic abuse find committed staff who can help with safety planning. Referrals as requested will be provided to help with mental illness or alcohol/drug abuse. Requirements and length of stay vary by program. A waiting list is maintained. Staff speaks English and Spanish. ***To Apply: Due to the new Coordinated Access Network, those in need of housing must call 211. ** When an opening becomes available the program informs the Coordinated Access Network and then an assessment will be conducted. If accepted, the resident must find an apartment that falls within program guidelines and passes inspection. Case worker will help resident to find an affordable apartment within allowed time frame.

Community Renewal Team

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-03
http://www.crtct.org/en/need-help/housing-a-shelters
555 Windsor Street
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 560-5600

CRT helps homeless men, women and children find safe housing, while the case managers help them move toward successful independence. Have housing programs that focus on different groups – Veterans, families, single adults and seniors. Also help people who may be losing their homes.

Catherine's Place Mercy Housing and Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.mercyhousingct.org
118 Main St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 247-7464

Catherine's Place, Hartford - is a residential living program in downtown Hartford. Catherine's Place provides transitional housing to 15 single, homeless women for up to one year. Case managers work daily with residents to help set goals and gain the personal and vocational skills they need to obtain stable employment and permanent housing.



Hartford County Food Assistance Programs

See our list of food assistance programs. We list food pantries, soup kitchens, congregate meal programs in Hartford County.

The Friendship Center at St. Elizabeth House

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.mercyhousingct.org
118 Main St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 808-2120

Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Free Breakfast served 8:00am-9:00am. Free Lunch served 12:00pm-1:00pm. The Friendship Center is a day shelter that provides critical community resources to thousands of men, women and families each year who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. In addition to serving breakfast and lunch, individuals have access to showers, laundry facilities, health care, an emergency food pantry, personal care items, case management support services, and homeless prevention services.

Salvation Army Bristol

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-13
https://ctri.salvationarmy.org/sne/bristol
19 Stearns Street
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 583-4651

Holiday Assistance - Thanksgiving Day: A traditional Thanksgiving meal is prepared and served by GE volunteers, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.***Christmas: Family food baskets and toys for children 12 years and under are distributed. Registration required in advance.*** Monday By Appointment – Food Pantry: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Soup Kitchen: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. – Bread/Vegetable/Meats Program. Tuesday By Appointment – Food Pantry: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Soup Kitchen. Wednesday By Appointment – Food Pantry. 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Soup Kitchen, 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. – Bread/Vegetable/Meats Program. Thursday By Appointment – Food Pantry 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Soup Kitchen. 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. – Bread/Vegetable/Meats Program

Oxford House for Men - Sherwood

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-20
http://www.oxfordhouse.org/
4 Sherwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06117
860-233-8459

Oxford House is a self-run, self-supported recovery house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in which shelter, food, case management, individual counseling and group support are provided.Funds might be available to cover the first month's rent and security deposit.

Oxford House for Men - East White

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-20
http://www.oxfordhouse.org/
80 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06118
860-519-5582

Oxford House is a self-run, self-supported recovery house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in which shelter, food, case management, individual counseling and group support are provided.Funds might be available to cover the first month's rent and security deposit.

Friendship Center

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.fsc-ct.org/
241 Arch St
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 225-0211

Our soup kitchen at 241 Arch Street in New Britain provides lunch 11:45 a.m. to12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to anyone in need; and three meals per day, seven days per week, to shelter residents and former residents. Staff and volunteers ensure that guests are served in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Emergency shelter and community kitchen are funded primarily by individual donors, arera congregations, civic organizations, special events and government, foundation

End Hunger Connecticut

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-10
http://www.endhungerct.org/
65 Hungerford St.
Hartford, CT 06106
860-560-2100

An anti-hunger organization that helps people in Connecticut get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP provides monthly nutritional assistance to people who have low income and limited assets to pay for food. SNAP also provides nutritional education.

Department of Social Services—ConneCT

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-10
https://www.connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
855-626-6632

The Department of Social Services' benefits assistance tool—called ConneCT—provides applicants, clients and the general public with multiple access points to the federal and state programs administered by DSS. These can include health care programs, food assistance, long term services & supports and cash assistance.



Hartford County Homeless Shelters and Homeless Assistance Programs

See our list of homeless programs. We list homeless shelters, day shelters, homeless resources for me, women, and families.

YWCA Emergency Shelter Hartford

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://www.ywcahartford.org/what_we_do/housing.html
135 Broad St
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 727-8094

The emergency shelter for women provides temporary shelter for women experiencing homelessness. An array of services is available onsite and case managers collaborate with clients to address health issues, job readiness and daily living skills.

South Park Inn Transitional Living Program

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://southparkinn.org/programs-services/transitional-living/
75 Main St
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 724-0071

This program accommodates up to 33 homeless men who are motivated to make substantive changes in their lives. Participants come from the shelter, the streets or other similar programs and can stay for up to 2 years while they pursue their goals. A Service Coordinator works with each resident to develop three or four goals which most often center around obtaining or increasing income, seeking or continuing treatment for mental or physical illness, substance abuse treatment or increasing education or training.

Open Hearth Association Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
https://www.theopenhearth.org/
437 Sheldon St
Hartford, CT 06143
(860) 525-3447

Our Emergency Shelter is the oldest continuously operating facility of its kind on the east coast, founded in 1884. The Shelter operates from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 365 days a year, with a capacity of 25 beds. Guests enjoy relief from the elements, shower facilities, and a hot, nutritious dinner and breakfast. Furthermore, shelter guests, many of whom enter our doors with psychiatric disabilities, have access to a Master’s level Mental Health Counselor. They receive community referrals vital to placing them on the path towards recovery from homelessness and the dangers associated with the streets. In addition, they are eligible to enter our Transitional Living Program and many do so. Those who do not proceed to the TLP are referred to other agencies for substance abuse treatment or mental health services.



Hartford County Various Assistance Programs

Below we list an array of other helpful resource programs we have found in Hartford County.

Interval House Shelter

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
https://intervalhousect.org/
P.O. Box 340207
Hartford, CT 06134
(860) 527-0550

Interval House is Connecticut’s largest domestic violence agency. We represent 24 towns and cities and our clients come from each and every one of those towns. Our 20-bed safe house is in confidential location where we provide services for abused women and children 24-hours-a-day, 365-days a year. Interval House has both an English and a Spanish-speaking staff. We also have a telephone translation service allowing staff to communicate with callers and clients in many languages. Our facility is wheelchair accessible.

First Lutheran Church Pasta Dinner

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12

77 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
860-224-2475

Free Community pasta dinner Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 6:45pm.

Community Mental Health Affiliates

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12
http://cmhacc.org
55 Winthrop Street
New Britain, CT 06052
(860) 224-8192

Office hours: M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm. Counseling services for people with dual diagnosis. Other services available. Sliding fee scale payment for services.

Community Health Center Medical

Date Added/Updated: 2018-09-12

1 Washington Square
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 224-3642

Pediatric, internal medicine, and family practice services. Accepts all insurances except Blue Care Family Plan. Sliding scale for people without insurance. By appointment only: Mondays and Fridays 8:30-5:00. T,W,Th 8:30 - 6:00pm

Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation

Date Added/Updated: 2017-11-20
http://www.mybobs.com/charity/default.aspx
428 Tolland Turnpike
Manchester, CT 06042
(800) 569-1284

Provides furniture to families through non-profit organizations. Referrals must come directly from a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization and be submitted via postal mail to the address above.