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...

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Action Alert: Calling for Stories in Defense of Vital Human Services Programs

On Monday, with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman casting the tie-breaking vote, the State Senate narrowly passed the union’s concessions deal that had earlier been accepted by the House.  The measure, which was ratified by unionized state employees in July, is projected to save the state $1.5 billion over two years....

Despite Union Concessions Agreement, Budget Uncertainty and Threats to Programs Persist

After months of negotiations, unionized state employees voted to ratify a concessions deal estimated to save the state $1.57 billion over two years, as announced Tuesday morning by the State Employees Bargain Agent Coalition (SEBAC). The concession package, which was negotiated by the administration of Governor Malloy over the course...

Earn Benefits Online: Seeking Partners for an Awesome Tool to Screen and Enroll Clients for Benefits

EarnBenefits Online (EBO) is an easy access web-based tool that allows staff to screen individuals for eligibility for benefits and then populates relevant assistance applications. This greatly simplifies the application process, increasing the participation rate, and facilitating access to the social safety net.    This, in turn, stabilizes the lives of...

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