Quarantine & Isolation Program

Working closely with the State of Connecticut, we developed the Quarantine & Isolation Program to provide financial assistance to low income individuals and families asked to Quarantine and Isolate due to COVID-19 infection or exposure. Our partners at Community Action Agencies across the state identified individuals who indicated that financial concerns may hinder them from being able to adhere to recommended quarantine procedures, and financial assistance via the 4-CT Card was provided in a tiered manner depending on the individual’s needs and ability to access unemployment insurance benefits.

- September 2020 - March 2021
- 330 cards and $215,800 distributed
- Over 2,000 people served in 78 zip codes
- An exit survey indicated that card recipients were successfully able to comply with 97.8% of quarantine days.
- Learn more: 4-CT Q+I Assistance (google.com)

The 4-CT Card

A state-wide direct assistance program via pre-paid debit cards distributed by our partners to support Connecticut's most vulnerable, COVID-19 impacted residents.

Small Business Support Program

  Small family owned businesses play a vital role in immigrant and marginalized communities, providing not only a source of income for the owners, but jobs for local workers and critical services such as food and childcare. Many of these businesses were hard hit by pandemic closures and restrictions but were unable to access pandemic relief funding and traditional loans due to their very small size and lack of existing bank relationships. With the Small Business Support Program, 4-CT partnered with community organizations that support women and minority owned businesses, and home childcare providers. Through our partners, we were able to identify 35 such businesses and provide them with $2,500 of 4-CT Card funding to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, recover from lost income and maintain staffing levels. Six months, we will receive written narratives from each business owner telling us what they were able to accomplish with the funding.

March 2021 - May 2021
- 35 cards and $87,500 distributed
- 105 people served in 24 zip codes

Emergency Assistance Program

    The program is open to low-income Connecticut residents of any documentation status experiencing emergency situations in the areas of housing, utilities, healthcare and food insecurity. The goal of the program is to provide rapid, one-time financial assistance, which in conjunction with longer term support provided by our partner organizations, can stabilize families on the verge of falling into a long term, more significant crisis.

    In response to feedback from our community partners, we are offering a higher card amount of $900 to respond to the ongoing housing crisis, and expanding our target population to encompass families who are above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but are still struggling to make ends meet. United Way defines this as the ALICE population: Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. Families in the lowest tiers of ALICE have been hit hard by the pandemic, yet find themselves slightly above the income eligibility levels for existing state aid programs. This is another example of our mission of providing aid to those who lack access to traditional existing relief programs.

- January 2021 - Ongoing
- 715 cards and $475,500 distributed
- Over 2,000 people served in 78 zip codes
- Learn more: 4-CT Emergency Assistance › Program Statistics (google.com)