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.
Cheshire Human Services has received funding through the Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth (CROSS) Initiative to run a SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Group for youth ages 16-18 and to run a SMART Recovery Family and Friends Group. Please see the attached flyer for details and referral/registration.
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 will begin on September 3, 2019 for the 2019-2020 winter season at the Cheshire Human Services Department, 84 South Main Street. At that time, prospective applicants should call the Human Services Department at 203-271-6690 to schedule an appointment; applications will be taken by appointment only.
Please note: All paperwork will need to be complete at time of appointment or application will not be submitted.
March 16, 2020- Deadline for fuel authorization
May 1, 2020 - The last day that a household can apply to establish its eligibility.
This means that after March 15, and up to May 1st we CAN take applications for deliverable fuel BUT we can only pay for any oil delivered from 11/13/19 to March 16, 2020 (up to the basic award). If a client wants to apply after March 16th for deliverable fuel, please have them provide any oil tickets received from 11/13/19 to 3/16/20 to see if we can pay for any of them. Deliverable fuel CANNOT be requested after the March 16th deadline.
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 and $60 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, Inc.
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 offers an annual "Adopt-A-Family" program for the holiday season. This program is available to any Cheshire resident having financial difficulties. Applications will be taken by the Town of Cheshire Social Worker.
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.
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.
The Town of Cheshire offers a variety of Local Elderly Tax Relief Programs for eligible residents.
The Town of Cheshire’s Human Services Department has secured a Department of Housing Municipal Housing Rehabilitation Grant. This program is offered on a first come, first serve basis to qualified low and moderate income residents. Funds for this program come in the form of 0% interest loans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The focus of the program is on code compliance and safety concerns rather than home remodeling. The program objectives are as follows:
Homeowners/landlords who believe they may qualify for assistance are encouraged to submit an application which can be reached through the link below. Additional information is available through the following links: