Social Services Department
Welcome to New Milford Social Services!
Our mission is to offer resources and programs to enhance the well-being and self-sustainability of New Milford residents experiencing financial hardship by addressing basic needs including food and household self-sufficiency. 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 & Volunteer Coordinator
- Maria De Oliveira, MSW; Social Worker & Diverse Community Advocate
- 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.
Quick Guide to Local Resources-Basic Needs
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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
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/
Governor Lamont Announces a one-time Connecticut Child Tax Rebate for CT families: Click here for details and to apply
Affordable Connectivity Program can help households with cost of broadband (internet service). See if you qualify at https://www.fcc.gov/acp
A message from Social Security Administration during time of COVID
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What's Happening at NM Social Services!
Energy Assistance application time period has been extended. Call our office to apply. Deliverable fuel households have until May 24th. Electric heat households and those with Heat-Included in Rent have until June 30th.
Renter's Rebate application period has opened. Disabled households, under the age of 60 apply with us. Must provide proof of disability and income and qualifying rental expenses for 2021. Application deadline is September 30th. Please contact our office for more details and an application packet.
BIKE DAY is BACK! We are joining again with the New Milford Youth Agency. Social Service families can call or email us to sign up for a gently used bicycle for children K-Teen. This is an income qualifying program and space is limited. Distribution will be on June 18th.
Back to School registration IS NOW OPEN! Register asap for there is limited space. Email or call our office for a registration form. This is an income qualifying program. Registration due date is July 22nd. Distribution will be on August 19th. Thank you to the United Way of Western CT for sponsoring this program!
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-bring your own bags to pick up fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, bakery and shelf-stable canned and boxed goods. Sign up is required.
"This institution is an equal opportunity provider"
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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Connect with your local State and Federal Representatives for COVID-19 information and alerts:
State Representative Bill Buckbee
US Representative Johanna Hayes
US Senator Chris Murphy
<ACTION ALERT>> “TO LISTEN, TO ADVOCATE, TO EMPOWER”
- Part of our mission is to encourage people to get informed, read, and learn about changes in policies that may affect one’s life, the life of their family or that of their neighbors and community.
If you know someone who has been helped by any health and human services programs and are worried about cuts or changes to programs, help them speak out. Make a call to your US Representative and Senator. Tell them their story- and yours!
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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
State Senator Craig Miner 860-240-8800
State Representative Bill Buckbee 800-842-1423
White House Switchboard: 202-456-1414
US Representative Jahanna Hayes 202-225-4476
US Senator Chris Murphy 202-224-4041
US Senator Richard Blumenthal 202-224-2823
(you will speak to one their aides, and they will get your message to our representative)