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.

Undocumented Assistance Program

  The Undocumented Assistance Program, our first and genesis for our other 4-CT Card programs was developed to address a glaring inequity that we identified in the existing map of COVID-19 relief efforts. An estimated 120,000 - 140,000 Connecticut residents are undocumented, often working in high risk frontline jobs providing essential services and contributing significantly to our state’s economy. This is a population whose lives were precarious even before the pandemic and were impacted disproportionately by COVID-19 and yet remained ineligible for massive state and federal relief efforts. The Undocumented Support Program was designed to mitigate both financial and medical impacts of COVID-19.

  We provided $300 of direct cash assistance to anyone excluded from federal pandemic relief funds due to their immigration status, and by distributing the cards are local Federally Qualified Health Centers, we aimed to connect underserved populations with healthcare resources in their community and accurate and up to date information about COVID-19.

- June 2020 - February 2021
- 4,857 cards and $1.4M distributed
- Over 14,000 people served in 138 zip codes
- Over 50% of card recipients without a current medical home were likely to return to the FQHC from which they received their card.

For a more in depth view of the Undocumented Assistance program data, please click here for our live report.

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)