Virtual VITA Tax Help is Now Available! (FREE Tax Help) -Many people made appointments with VITA volunteers and those appointments were cancelled due to public health safety reasons(COVID-19). If you still need to file your taxes and need help doing so please read below: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) coalitions across Connecticut are working hard to ensure that eligible households have access to free tax preparation assistance. While VITA sites have closed – at least temporarily – in an effort to ensure the health and safety of volunteers and the clients they serve, free, online tax filing though virtual VITA platforms is now available statewide. There is still time to file your taxes for free with the help of IRS- Certified Volunteers! The deadline to your file taxes has been extended to July,15,2020. Eligibility for the Virtual VITA Program is the same as traditional VITA. Households who earned $56,000 or less last year and have access to a smartphone or computer, internet/WiFi, and a valid phone number and email address, may utilize the Virtual VITA Program. For more information on free tax preparation options visit www.211ct.org/taxhelp
CT Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS) administers and delivers a wide array of services to children, families, adults, people with disabilities and elders. These services may include health care coverage, child support, long-term care and supports, energy assistance, food and nutrition aid, and program grants.
For more information, contact DSS directly at 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632)
or visit the DSS website.
Residents who are receiving financial assistance from Social Security Disability or who are over 65 years of age may be eligible for a rebate on their rent and utility expenses. The application filing period is April 1st - October 31st and is available to residents meeting state specified income requirements.
Applications are completed by appointment only.
Call Westbrook Social Services at 860-399-3090 to schedule your appointment.
Click here for the Connecticut Office Of Policy and Management website.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is a Connecticut Department of Social Services program that helps low-income individuals and families afford the cost of food at grocery stores and farmers' markets.
Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is determined by income. A family's gross monthly income must be below 185% of the FPL in order to eligible for the program. Expenses such as rent/mortgage and utilities are taken into consideration only after eligibility is determined. Expenses will help establish the monthly allotment for the benefit.
Call Westbrook Social Services at 860-399-3090 with questions.
Click here for details of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) website.
SOLDIERS’, SAILORS’ AND MARINES’ FUND
The Connecticut Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Fund was established in 1919 to assist needy wartime veterans and their families. It is administered by the American Legion in accordance with the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes, Sections 27-138 and 27-140, and is governed under the Bylaws of the American Legion Department of Connecticut.
Assistance is provided for temporary periods only and is limited in amount, frequency and duration as specified by the State Fund Commission in accordance with the provisions of the American Legion Bylaws. Income and asset limitations apply. Also available is information regarding the types of available assistance, contact information for Fund Representatives as well as how and where to apply. Connecticut veterans requiring assistance may contact one of the agency's full-time Veterans Aid Investigators or a volunteer Fund Representative serving their locality in order to discuss their situation and the assistance that the agency might be in a position to provide.
SSM provides temporary assistance to war-time veterans or dependents that need assistance with basic needs. Call 860-886-8557 for more information or to apply.
Click for the SOLDIERS’, SAILORS’ AND MARINES’ FUND website.