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Connecticut Department of Social Services
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The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, disabled, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.

    Refugee Assistance Program
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    The Energy and Refugee Services Division of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for disbursing federal funds related to the resettlement of refugees in Connecticut.

    Safety Net
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    The Safety Net program has been implemented to protect the children of families who have exhausted their twenty-one months of Temporary Family Assistance, are not eligible for an extension because they have not made a good faith effort to obtain and maintain employment and have earnings below the payment standard. Safety Net services provide the family with basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing, as well as offering counseling to help remove barriers to employment.

    Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
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    The housing choice voucher program is the government's major program for assisting very-low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Participants are able to find their own housing, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income people and families afford the cost of food at the supermarket or grocery store. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. This form can be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at your local DSS Regional Office.

Connecticut Insurance Department
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Seeks to serve consumers in a professional and timely manner by providing assistance and information to the public and to policy makers, by regulating the insurance industry in a fair and efficient manner which promotes a competitive and financially sound insurance market for consumers, and by enforcing the insurance laws to ensure that consumers are treated fairly and are protected from unfair practices.

Operation Fuel
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A private, not-for-profit (501)(c)(3) organization that provides emergency energy assistance to state residents who do not qualify for, or have exhausted, their government assistance.

Welfare to Work
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Provides employment services such as job search assistance and skills training to recipients of Temporary Family Assistance (TFA). TFA is Connecticut’s cash assistance to low-income families program using federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding and is administered by the Department of Social Services.


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