Resource Guides for individuals arriving in Connecticut from Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands in English and Spanish, along with other resources, including the “Standby Guardian Forms for Hurricane Evacuees” are available on the 2-1-1 website at: http://uwc.211ct.org/maria/
For help in Spanish (Espanol) click here: http://uwc.211ct.org/hurricane-maria-information-ways-to-help-spanish/
Puerto Rico Relief Center in Bridgeport
The Career Resource Center (350 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT) will open it's doors to any hurricane victims seeking assistance from Puerto Rico or the US Virgin islands. People interested can visit any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The following links are for services in Connecticut that may be helpful to those residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have relocated to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria.
Housing and Shelter: Dial 2-1-1 for access to shelter and housing resources 24/7
Post Disaster Housing Assistance
Housing Search and Information
Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing
For Older Adults
For Individuals with Disabilities
For Single Adults
The Salvation Army contact Major Lydia Pearson (203) 334-0995, ext. 104
Services provide: food and clothing
30 Elm Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 (Downtown between Golden Hill Street and Fairfield Avenue)
Clothing and Household Goods
Job Finding Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Unemployment Insurance for Residents of Puerto Rico Click here
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes Click here
Assistive Technology Mobility Aids/Equipment Click here
Guidance from Governor Malloy’s Office to School Districts regarding enrollment of displaced children from Puerto Rico: District personnel should be counseled to enroll these displaced students immediately, as required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. These students will also automatically qualify to receive free school meals and must also be provided with health and other related services necessary to ensure their academic success. Per established procedures, all students experiencing homelessness must be accurately reported in the statewide public school information system (PSIS).
Connecticut’s 2-1-1 child care resource and referral agency can provide information on child care programs and resources at: http://www.211childcare.org/ or by calling, 800-505-1000 (M-F: 8am-5pm)
Temporary Guardian Options
Standby Guardian Forms – If someone is caring for a child temporarily for the parent and/or guardian – Link to forms here in English and Spanish, and other general information: http://uwc.211ct.org/maria/
Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (CT DDS) Help Lines
Each of the DDS Regions has established a Help Line to assist families who do not have a case manager to help access services. Help Line staff will assist with applying for DDS Family Support Services or refer individuals to the appropriate community resources and services.
**North Region – Help Line 1-877-437-4577, email: email@example.com
**South Region – Help Line 1-877-437-4567, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
**West Region – Help Line 1-877-491-2720, email: email@example.com
College Enrollment at Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) and UConn for Affected Hurricane Maria, Irma or Harvey Students
The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) will allow students from the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as recent high school graduates, impacted by Hurricane Maria to continue their studies at CSCU for in-state tuition. Beginning in either the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semester, displaced students can attend one of the four CSCU Universities or twelve community colleges. All applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than December 1, 2017, application fees can be waived. Interested applicants must complete the National Common Application (4 year universities) or the Community College Application (2 year colleges) or submit an application in person. They should choose the ‘Fee Waiver’ option before submission. High school and/or college transcript(s) should also be submitted, if available. For more information, visit http://www.ct.edu/.
• Students impacted by Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey who are interested in enrolling at UConn should contact UConn Admissions at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-486-3137.
• UConn Admissions is prepared to work with students to waive application fees, move deadlines and work with students on completing their applications.
• UConn accepts the Puerto Rico College Board Results (PEAU) in lieu of the SAT of ACT for applicants from Puerto Rico.
• UConn is also committed to working with students whose ability to finance their college education has been impacted by this disaster. Students should follow the standard financial aid processes, beginning with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UConn recognizes that information provided on the 2017-2018 FAFSA may not reflect current circumstances. A financial aid appeals process is available and will consider current circumstances. For additional questions on UConn Financial Aid, call: 860-486-2819.
The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), http://www.cwealf.org/, can help with free legal information on family law issues, domestic violence, employment discrimination, or civil rights issues. Bilingual assistance is also available along with referrals to attorneys and community agencies for additional services. Call 1-800-479-2949 or complete this online form for information or to schedule an in-person meeting for legal advocacy services.
Ethnic Oriented Multipurpose Centers
If you are a hurricane victim, please apply to FEMA here: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339
FEMA Individual Assistance: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ – (Scroll down on page to find “Quick Links” to the application checklist, FAQs, and much more)
*Call (800) 621-3362
*Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities
How to Apply for FEMA Assistance
How to Apply for FEMA Assistance(Spanish)
Scott T. Appleby, CEM
Director of OEMHS
Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
581 North Washington Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604