The Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) changes the lives of low-income children and families across Connecticut by pioneering pathways from poverty to opportunity and from financial insecurity to capability and success.

As the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT grantee for Connecticut, CAHS uses data and research to inform our policy agenda. CAHS partners with more than 100 policy and program organizations statewide, including fellow nonprofit advocates and trusted community-based service providers. Together, we develop and share new knowledge, advocate for change, build networks, and mobilize coalitions that empower thousands of Connecticut residents every year with the confidence, support, and tools they need to map their journeys forward.

Our goal is, as it has been since 1910, nothing short of the elimination of poverty in Connecticut.

Advocacy Alerts

Help Us Secure VITA Funding for 2018: A Message from Prosperity Now

Last month, the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee released a preliminary bill that would slash the funding for the VITA program in half from $15 million to $7.5 million. The House Appropriations Committee is marking up this bill on Thursday, and we need your help to ensure that...

Testify in Support of R.B. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages!

This Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., April the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will hear testimony regarding Raised Bill No. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages. If passed, the bill would place a one cent tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The bill is intended to encourage consumers to...

Legislative Session Update

Most committees have wrapped up hearings in their contentious session. CAHS has testified in support of many bills relating to family economic success initiatives, including everything from early care and education to accessible and affordable higher education. The joint favorable deadlines for many committees have already passed and others are...


The Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Connecticut's Working Families

The proposed cuts to Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit amount to a $75 Million tax on Connecticut’s working families. Now is the time for greater investment in our working families, to continue to reduce poverty statewide and in our communities.

Care4Kids Update Slots Decreasing Rapidly

UPDATE: Care4Kids Slots Decreasing Rapidly In August 2017, there are 14,955 low-income child care subsidy slots available in Connecticut, which is 8,002 fewer than last year in August 2016. As it is evident, losses were felt across the state due to the rapid decrease of the number of available child care slots....

Foster Care & Transition-Age Youth in Foster Care in Connecticut

Children are placed in foster care when a child protective services worker and the court have determined it is not safe for them to remain home. In 2015, nearly 428,000 children were in foster care nationwide; 3,908 of these children were Connecticut residents. The following brief details information from FY...

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