The Town of Cheshire Human Services Department offers a variety of social service and assistance programs for our residents or all ages. Please review our programs listed below to see you if you or someone you know is eligible for assistance.
This program provides assistance to income eligible households in paying for their heating costs during the winter months. The Cheshire Human Services Department is an intake site for Cheshire residents, and applications are forwarded to New Opportunities for Waterbury for processing. Households are determined eligible based on state income and asset guidelines. Program eligibility is based on income, liquid assets and family size. Applicants must provide documentation of current income and assets of all family members, in order to apply for assistance. Documentation of assets include most recent checking, savings, credit union statements, stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, etc. Applicants must provide current primary heating source bill. All heat sources are considered, including oil, propane, electricity, gas and wood. Renters who have their heat included in their rent must provide rent receipts and a copy of their lease. State guidelines can be found on the Connecticut Department of Social Services website or by calling Infoline at 211.
Applications for the State of Connecticut Energy Assistance Program have begun for the 2012-2013 winter season, by the Cheshire Human Services Department, 84 South Main Street. Please call the Human Services Department at 203-271-6690 to schedule an appointment; applications will be taken by appointment only.
This program provides assistance to Cheshire residents who are in an emergency situation. Funds for this program are provided by generous donations from individuals, religious groups, and civic organizations.
This program offers a state subsidy to renters over the age of 65 or who are receiving Social Security Disability that meet guidelines based on their income and rent/utility expenses. Checks are sent by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management to these households to offset any increase in rent due to changes in property taxes that landlords pass on to the renters.
This program provides food vouchers of $40 to certain local grocery stores to eligible resident households in need of perishable food items. Households can also be referred to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. Funding for the Food Voucher program comes from the Cheshire Food Drive.
This cross-department program provides a reduction in the fees charged for income eligible families with children so that they can participate in the recreational and cultural programs offered throughout the year. Screening of household income determines the eligibility for this program. Fee reduction is granted by the Park and Recreation Department based on this certification.
The Cheshire Social Services annual "Adopt-A-Family" program is starting for the 2012 holiday season. This program is available to any Cheshire resident having financial difficulties. To receive food for Thanksgiving and/or food and gifts for children (16 and under) for Christmas applications must be completed by November 13, 2012.
Holiday Donors - Anyone interested in donating food items or gifts for the holidays, please contact Kristen Schechter, Town of Cheshire Social Worker at 203-271-6690. The deadline to contact us for Thanksgiving is November 9, 2012. All donations of food and gift certificates for Thanksgiving must be delivered to Social Services by November 13, 2012. To donate for the Christmas program contact the office by November 13, 2012.
This program is available to parents experiencing financial difficulties. Boxes for their children provide everything needed for a birthday party such as cake mix, frosting, cups, plates, favors, candy, etc.
This program is available to any family experiencing financial difficulty. School supplies, backpacks and shoe vouchers are available. A limited supply of these items is available in August and September each year.
These services are provided by the Town Social Worker. Social services cases include individuals experiencing financial difficulties, seeking rental or mortgage assistance, facing shutoff notices on utilities, housing issues, legal referrals, food assistance, unemployment, and disability. In addition, in conjunction with the Cheshire Police Department, intervention is provided for individuals experiencing a variety of crises including domestic violence, family disputes, juvenile disputes, grief counseling, divorce, and custody issues.
The Salvation Army provides crisis assistance to needy residents. The Social Worker will meet with the client, make an assessment and provide assistance depending upon their needs. Vouchers to the Salvation Army Thrift Store are also available. During the month of December, volunteers assist with the kettle collection.
This is a refundable federal tax credit for working individuals and families who have earned income of under $13,660 - $49,078 (2011 return). It reduces the amount of tax owed, and it may result in a tax refund. For more detailed information click here.
The Town of Cheshire offers a variety of Local Elderly Tax Relief Programs for eligible residents.