July 6, 2020

Aid for Low Income Residents With Losses from Storm Irene

Low-income Connecticut residents (see financial guidelines below) who incurred disaster-related expenses from Tropical Storm Irene, including loss of income, temporary shelter costs and property repairs, may be eligible for special assistance under the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced September 21.

The Application Period for one-time food benefit assistance for those low-income Connecticut residents who incurred disaster-related expenses from Tropical Storm Irene is September 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27thApplications will be available at all 12 Connecticut State Department of Social Services field offices (in Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Willimantic, Norwich, New Haven, Middletown, Stamford, Bridgeport, Danbury, Waterbury and Torrington) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If eligible, households can receive food aid ranging from $200 for a single adult to $952 for a family of six under the plan developed by the Department of Social Services on behalf of the Malloy Administration.  Benefits will be issued through ATM-style debit cards for purchasing federally-approved items at supermarkets and groceries.

The D-SNAP applications are available only to Connecticut residents not currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP aka food stamps).  (Those who are currently enrolled in SNAP will be receiving a separate benefit if they are eligible).

Those applying under D-SNAP must identify non-reimbursable disaster-related losses incurred during a 30-day period from August 27 to September 25 (loss of income; dependent care; medical or funeral costs; moving or storage costs; temporary shelter costs; and costs to protect, repair or replace property or household items, including self-employment property).

Applicants must also meet financial criteria to qualify for D-SNAP. Take-home income and liquid assets for the period from Aug. 27 to Sept. 25 cannot exceed $2,186 for a single person; $2,847 for a household of two; $3,272 for a household of three; $3,859 for a household of four; $4,254 for a household of five; $4,753 for a household of six; $5,116 for a household of seven; and $5,479 for a household of eight.

Applicants should bring proof of identity, residency, income, assets and storm-related expenses for Aug. 27 through Sept. 25.  Qualified expenses are losses not covered by insurance, disaster relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or other reimbursement.

More information, including an applicant pre-screening tool, is available at www.ct.gov/dss.  Information about D-SNAP is also available by calling 2-1-1.