Help for Single Mothers in CONNECTICUT

Connecticut, CT

Aside from the obvious problem of raising children alone, single-parent families often face significantly different challenges than married couples. But with the state programs to back them up, every single mother in CT has an equal chance, “a level playing field” to achieve self-sufficiency.

Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit #

Connecticut EITC took effect in tax year 2011 and in the following years since, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut’s working families have benefited from the credit.

The state EITC program, layered on top of the federal credit, can only be claimed by people who earn income through work.

The refundable tax credit — currently set at 30.5% of federal EITC — is among the state’s most sensible and effective tools for helping working families struggling to get by on low wages.

How much is Connecticut Earned Income Credit?

  • NO. OF CHILD Maximum EIC
  • 0 $183
  • 1 $1,218
  • 2 $2,014
  • 3 or more $2,266

Eligibility for the EITC is tied both to income and household size and it’s fully refundable, so even if you owe no income tax, you can still claim the full credit amount.

Connecticut Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) #

Connecticut’s Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) provides monthly cash and employment assistance to eligible families throughout Connecticut to support basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.

Unless otherwise exempt, most families with children in Connecticut are eligible for only 21 months of cash benefits and are required to participate in Jobs First Employment Services activities, coordinated by the Department of Labor.

TFA recipients may also be eligible for medical assistance under the Husky program, specifically, Husky A, which provides medical coverage under Medicaid.

How much cash assistance will I get in CT?

Connecticut has different benefit levels based on geographic location. The cash assistance for a family of three with no income in the most populous region is $833 per month.

How do I apply for cash assistance in CT?

You may pre-screen your eligibility at ConneCT, under “Am I Eligible,” or apply for TFA online, under “Apply for Benefits.”

For more information about Connecticut TFA, please call
DSS Client Information Line & Benefits Center

Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) #

Connecticut SNAP is a nutrition program that helps individuals and families with little or no income buy and eat healthy food.

If deemed eligible, you will receive an electronic EBT card that is preloaded monthly with cash benefits. The card can be used to purchase food from local grocery stores.

What is the income limit for SNAP in Connecticut?

Under the new eligibility levels, you may qualify for SNAP if your gross monthly income is less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level. That's about $4,143 a month for a family of three.

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How do I sign up for SNAP in CT?

You may apply for SNAP online at ConneCT under “Apply for Benefits” or if you prefer, you can fill out the application for SNAP at your local DSS office.

DSS Client Information Line & Benefits Center

Connecticut Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) #

Connecticut WIC serves women, infants and children up to age 5 who meet WIC eligibility guidelines; and are determined by a health professional to be “at risk of malnutrition”.

It provides monthly benefits for buying healthy foods to supplement their diet. Other benefits include nutrition education, breastfeeding support, free screening and referral to health care, at no cost.

What is the income limit for WIC in Connecticut?

To qualify for WIC, you must be a resident of the state of Connecticut with income at or below 185% of the national poverty level. That's about $3,833 a month for a family of three.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $2,248
  • 2 $3,040
  • 3 $3,833
  • 4 $4,625
  • 5 $5,418
  • 6 $6,210
  • 7 $7,003
  • 8 $7,795

How do I apply for WIC in CT?

If you are currently not a WIC participant but are looking to apply, to find the local WIC office closest to you. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC appointments are being held over the phone.

For more information, contact
State WIC Program
860 509 8084

Connecticut HUSKY Health #

The Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth (HUSKY) is Connecticut’s public health insurance program for children under age 19 and in some cases their parents or relative caregivers.

There are four (4) types of HUSKY plans, HUSKY A — D, that together provide health care coverage to more than 950,000 Connecticut residents.

HUSKY A, B, and D together are a health insurance program for Connecticut’s children, pregnant women, certain low-income parents and caretaker relatives, and a number of low-income adults. Husky C is Medicaid for the “aged, blind or disabled”.

What are the income requirements for HUSKY in CT?

HUSKY 201% 323% 263% 160%
1 $29,310 $47,090 $38,350 $23,330
2 $39,640 $63,700 $51,860 $31,550
3 $49,970 $80,300 $65,380 $39,780
4 $60,300 $96,900 $78,900 $48,000
5 $70,630 $113,500 $92,420 $56,220
6 $80,960 $130,100 $105,940 $64,450
7 $91,290 $146,710 $119,450 $72,670
8 $101,630 $163,310 $132,970 $80,900

Connecticut is operating a State-Based Marketplace, known as Access Health CT, through which you can screen for, apply for, and enroll in Medicaid or other private health insurance.

Connecticut Care 4 Kids #

Connecticut Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. Since it is a subsidy, parents are expected to pay for some of the child care costs — known as Family Fee.

Eligibility is based on household income and family size. Families with incomes not exceeding 60% of the state median income level are eligible for assistance. That's about $5,353 a month for a family of three.

How do I apply for child care assistance in Connecticut?

Start by filling out a Care 4 Kids Application and mail it to

Care 4 Kids
1344 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
1-888-214-KIDS (5437)

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) #

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut’s lower income households, specifically those with incomes at or below 60% of the state median income or $5,353 a month for a family of three.

The income standard is lower at 150% of poverty guidelines if that household also participates in certain other state aid, such as food stamps or Temporary Family Assistance.

Minimum basic benefit level is $180 for CEAP households, up to $530 in winter heating assistance for “vulnerable” households with one or more members who are elderly, or who have a disability, or are under the age of 6.

How do I apply for energy assistance in CT?

Applications for CEAP are now being accepted at Community Action Agencies intake sites throughout the state. Call 1-800-842-1132 for contact information on the intake site nearest you.

Households eligible for CEAP may also be eligible to receive Weatherization Assistance to help conserve energy and lower heating bills. Ask for a Weatherization Card or Referral Form if you are interested in the program.

Connecticut Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) #

Connecticut LIHWAP provides financial relief to low-income families for water and wastewater bills to avoid shutoffs or disconnections. Priority is given to households with the elderly, disabled or a young child under age 6.

Eligible households with annual income at or below 60% of the state median income can qualify for up to $1,000 in water assistance if they have disconnected service or are behind on bills.

How do I get help paying my water bill in Connecticut?

If your water has been disconnected or face disconnection, submit your application to your regional Community Action Agency along with a copy of your current water/wastewater bill.

Connecticut Rental Assistance Program (RAP) #

Connecticut's Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is open to very-low-income families in Connecticut whose incomes must not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live.

Most families pay 40% of their monthly income on rent and utilities, while families with elderly and disabled pay 30% of their monthly income. The rest of the rent is paid with federal money.

The RAP waiting list is currently closed. However, you can register here to receive an automatic email notification when it reopens for new application.

Undocumented migrants may also apply for rental assistance by contacting the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) at (203) 612-5464.

UniteCT #

UniteCT program has been paused and is not taking new applications at this time.

UniteCT is designed to provide rental and electricity payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible individuals and households may receive up to $15,000 in funding to pay for rental arrears and prospective rent assistance; and up to $1,500 in electric utility arrearages.

Both tenants and landlords who meet the income guidelines may apply for UniteCT via Yardi — where you can start your application, submit, and check your progress all in one application portal.

If you need further assistance, please call 1-844-UniteCT (1-844-864-8328)

Connecticut Paid Family Leave #

Connecticut is the seventh state in the U.S. to offer 12 paid weeks of paid leave to care for a new baby or sick family members, plus an additional two weeks of benefits for complicated pregnancies.

Connecticut guarantees 95% of their earnings but limited to no more than 60 times the minimum wage. To be eligible for leave, an employee needs to be employed for at least three (3) consecutive months.

How much is paid family leave in CT 2023?

Currently the maximum weekly benefit is $900. To figure out how much you might earn in paid family leave benefits, please refer to this page to calculate your potential payments.

Connecticut Unemployment Insurance #

Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own. In Connecticut, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 26 weeks.

As a condition of eligibility, you are required to actively seek suitable employment each week that you are collecting benefits. Failure to provide information could result in a denial of unemployment benefits for that week.

How much unemployment will I get in CT?

Connecticut’s current maximum UI weekly benefit rate is $721. A parent is eligible for a dependency allowance of $15 weekly for each child under the age of 18 — up to a maximum of $75 per week.

How do I file my weekly unemployment claim in CT?

Claims for weekly benefits may be filed online or call 1-800-942-6653 if you wish to file your initial claim over the phone, available from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Roberta B. Willis Scholarship #

The new Roberta B. Willis Scholarship (formerly the Governor’s Scholarship) establishes a single, consolidated aid program for residents who are undergraduates at in-state public and private institutions of higher education in Connecticut.

The Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (RWSP) is comprised of two kinds of scholarships:

  1. a need-merit scholarship
  2. a need-based grant

How much is the Roberta B Willis Scholarship?

Students who demonstrate financial need will be awarded up to $4,500 per academic year for full-time attendance in a 4-year program or up to $5,250 in need-merit scholarship for those with high academic achievement.


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