What We Do

CAHS advances our mission to end poverty by reaching out in the community, educating stakeholders and policy makers, convening partners, and advocating for policy change at the state and federal level.

Connecticut Money School

The CT Money School (CMS) has provided free financial workshops for adults and seniors in Connecticut since 2009. To date, over 3,500 people have attended our workshops at over 75 sites statewide. Connecticut Money School is easily accessible in locations such as libraries, community centers and other community-based organizations throughout Hartford, New Haven and Fairfield counties. Workshops can be offered in Spanish and several other languages.

Youth Money School

The Youth Money School offers financial education for teens and young adults, including workshops on budgeting, credit, and paying for college. 

EarnBenefits Online

EarnBenefits Online is an easy access web-based tool that allows individuals to be screened for eligibility for 16 state and federal benefits and then populates relevant assistance applications.

Financial Coaching

Financial Coaching is an asset building strategy designed to develop a client's capability to manage their own finances and sustain economic security. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

In partnership with the IRS and local community organizations, CAHS coordinates an annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign across Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, and Litchfield Counties. A national program, VITA provides free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than $51,000 a year.

POLICY CHANGE

Advocate to improve policy that will help move families out of poverty to economic security. Policy areas include: improved access to benefits, work supports, early care and education, health care, workforce training and skills development, financial education, and predatory lending.

POLICY NETWORKS

CT KIDS COUNT

Provide reliable, comprehensive, timely data and analysis on how well Connecticut's children are doing at the state and local levels. CT KIDS COUNT is one of 50 state-level KIDS COUNT projects, funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

WORKING POOR FAMILIES PROJECT

Participate as one of 25 states in a project addressing policy and practice changes needed to ensure that adult workers are prepared for today’s jobs and those of the future.

PUBLICATIONS

Inform decision-makers through policy reports; provide information to the community about financial education, food and nutrition resources, and programs across the state that help people.

 

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