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.

Vaccine Equity Program

  Connecticut has been a nationwide leader in vaccinating its residents. However, that success has not been true for all residents. Black and Hispanic residents have been vaccinated at about half the rate of their White counterparts. 4-CT conducted a survey and held an online forum to learn from its statewide partner network as to the cause of the disparity and possible solutions. Misinformation, lack of information, suspicion, and lack of access to vaccination sites were all listed as issue areas.

As a follow up, and to learn more, 4-CT participated in a pilot program whereby we gave Direct Cash Assistance via the 4-CT Card to a volunteer group of outreach workers in New Haven. Our cards allowed the undocumented outreach workers to take time off from work to canvas their local neighborhoods and help residents there with overcoming some of the vaccine barriers. The trusted messenger model was a big success and the 4-CT Card helped with that success

In addition, 4-CT is working with our partner network and the State Department of Health to expand these types of programs and help keep all of Connecticut safe. 4-CT acted as a convener so that the voices of our partners could be heard by the State and that ideas on helping solve this entrenched problem could be shared.

Out of those discussions, 4-CT funded outreach efforts of our partners in two ways. The first was to cover the cost of increased outreach (personnel, educational materials) and the second was to provide 4-CT Cards to help the target populations overcome structural and cultural barriers. Structural barriers include the inability to get to vaccination locations because of work commitments and cost of daycare or transportation. Cultural barriers include skepticism of the need for vaccination and false rumors of the dangers of vaccination.

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)