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

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...

This Week at the Capitol

It's a busy week at the Capitol. Keep reading to learn more about what hearings and bills CAHS is interested in.   


Apply to be a Youth Money School VISTA!

CAHS is looking for a new Youth Money School VISTA! The Youth Money School (YMS) VISTA will work with schools & nonprofits to help youth & young adults form better money habits, increase their financial knowledge, & improve their financial capability. The VISTA will recruit new volunteers to serve as...

The Federal Budget and What it Means for Connecticut

Earlier this week, President Trump released his proposed budget, which included large cuts to safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP, and other programs that allow individuals and their families to rise out of poverty and become self-sufficient. (Note that the budget needs to be passed by Congress, so none of...

Download our Annie E. Casey Kids Count Special Report: Race Equity in the Five Connecticuts

On May 15, CAHS released out Annie E. Casey Kids Count Special Report: Race Equity in the Five Connecticuts! You can download the report here and the PowerPoint presentation here!   Watch the video from CTN here!

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