Social Services Department
Welcome to New Milford Social Services!
Our mission is to offer resources and programs to enhance the well-being and self- sufficiency of New Milford residents experiencing financial hardship by addressing basic needs including food and household maintenance. We support our community through empowerment, advocacy, compassion and connection to opportunities to increase the resilience of our residents in need. Most programs require an interview with a staff person. Need assessment is assisted by a professional social worker. Proof of residence and household income may be asked. Please call for an appointment. This department assists residents under age 60.
- New Milford Social Services Staff
- Ivana Butera, LMSW; Director
- Lauren Haire, MSW- Social Worker & Crisis Navigator
- Maria De Oliveira, MSW; Social Worker & Diverse Community Advocate
- [*María habla español/ fala português]
- Wanda Fyler, Program & Volunteer Coordinator [*Wanda habla español]
- Monika Roberts; Office Coordinator
Donate to Social Services' Emergency Funds. (Please include in "donation memo" your designation to a specific fund (Good Samaritan, Hope Fund, Food Bank, Fuel Bank, SNAP @ Farmers Market, Santa Fund) or indicate "for fund most in need". Click Here to read a description of the Emergency Funds utilized by NMSS and other ways to "Help New Milford Social Services" Thank you.
New Milford Social Services has received ARPA funds to assist New Milford households who were financially impacted by COVID. Applications are available HERE. There is no income limit to applying, however, proof of residency and financial impact are required. Funds can be used for home expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, car-related, child-related expenses, and other qualified home expenses. Grants are limited. Applications and supporting documentation must be sent to New Milford Social Services, 2 Pickett District Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
Attention HOMEOWNERS: MyHomeCT has opened! The goal of MyHomeCT is to cure mortgage delinquencies and defaults, and prevent foreclosures among eligible homeowners that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program also includes assistance for qualified non-mortgage expenses including, but not limited to, non-escrowed real estate taxes and insurance as well as condominium or homeowners' association fees. Further information HERE.
Homeowners can also contact CHFA(CT Housing Finance Authority) regarding the EMAP program. https://www.chfa.org/covid19-updates/
INTERNET service assistance: Affordable Connectivity Program can help households with cost of broadband (internet service). See if you qualify at https://www.fcc.gov/acp
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What's Happening at NM Social Services!
We are actively taking applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program. Please call our office,860-355-6079 x1 for an appointment and an application packet. We are the intake site for New Milford residents, under the age of 60 to apply for CEAP, Matching payment program, NewStart, and other resources to help reduce your energy payments. To learn more about savings and conservation of energy visit: EVERSOURCE-assistance and Home Energy Solutions
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THANKSGIVING FOOD AND SANTA FUND for New Milford households. Download an application HERE or stop by the office. Updated income for 2022 is required. Seniors in need of assistance, please check with the Senior Center, 860-355-6075. Registration fills up quickly, please sign up asap.
The New Milford Food Bank operates every Thursday (weather permitting) from 9am-4pm for local residents experiencing food insecurity and financially constrained individuals, families with children, elders and people with disabilities. This is a "Choice" pantry and we follow "SWAP" nutritional guidelines. Please bring your own reusable bags to pick up fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, bakery and shelf-stable canned & boxed goods. Please provide proof of address and ID. Proof of income is not necessarily required but recommended so we can assist you with other emergency assistance programs that do require income documentation. If you are unable to make it on Thursdays due to work or special circumstances, please contact our Program Coord., Wanda Fyler @ 860-355-6079 to make other arrangements.
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2 Pickett District Road
New Milford, CT 06776
Phone: (860) 355-6079
Fax: (860) 355-6019
Office hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (limited office hours on Fridays after 2:30pm)
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