For Veterans Connecticut

CONNECTICUT VETERANS

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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Find assistance as a vet, spouse, or dependent

One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Lincoln signed a law establishing the first federal veterans’ facility for disabled Civil War veterans. This facility gave root to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assistance programs.

Today, the VA offers many benefits and services to eligible veterans and connects our military service men and women with resources across the country. Share this information with a veteran you know, or an organization that helps veterans.

LINK: http://explore.va.gov/

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All employment information and career event information can be found here:

Connecticut Employment

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All housing information can be found here:

Connecticut Affordable Rentals

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EVENTS:

SBA Celebrates National Veterans Business Week / Oct. 31 – Nov. 31 2016

SBA Connecticut District Office Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) – October 31 to November 4, 2016

Did you know that Connecticut is home to close to 210,000 Veterans, 31,000 wholly owned Veteran Small Businesses and an additional 10,000 partially Veteran owned Small Businesses?

The SBA Connecticut District Office has for years worked with our resource partners as well as State and Local Government agencies to provide services and programs to veterans looking to start or grow their business, including National Guard members, Reservists, Active Duty personnel and their spouses. “Nearly 1 in every 10 American businesses today is owned by a veteran, collectively employs nearly six million workers and generates more than $ 1.2 trillion in receipts,” said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Small Business Development.

Additionally, Veterans and their spouses can apply for the SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program which currently has a no fee provision for loans up to $350,000.00 and a 50% reduction in fees for loans over $350,000.00 up to $500,000.00.

On tap for the Connecticut District Office during NVSBW and leading up to Veterans Day on November 11, 2016 are the following events:

October 31, 2016: Starting/Growing your Small Business – Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT https://www.sba.gov/event/1546392.

November 1, 2016: SBA Programs and Services Workshop – SBA CT District Office, Hartford, CT https://www.sba.gov/event/1547006.

November 2, 2016: Veterans Small Business Workshop – CT Department of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Hill, CT http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=2014&q=586826.

November 9 & 10, 2016: Boots 2 Business – U.S. Submarine Base, New London/Groton, CT http://boots2business.org/calendar/two-day-workshop-naval-submarine-base-new-london-groton-ct/.

For more information and or to register for these workshops please contact Frank Alvarado at: frank.alvarado@sba.gov or (203) 335-0427.

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* CT.gov Veterans Homepage: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/site/default.asp

– Education: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513780

– Employment and Job Training: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513496

– Health Care: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513684

– Housing: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513778

– Tax Supports/Benefits Portal: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513682

– DMV Assistance: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513680

– National Guard Services: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513678

– Civil Service/State Jobs: http://www.veterans.ct.gov/veterans/cwp/view.asp?a=4367&q=513690

* CT Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/site/default.asp

* CT Military Department: http://www.ct.gov/mil/site/default.asp

– Military Family Relief Fund Information & Application: http://www.ct.gov/mil/cwp/view.asp?a=2447&q=310106&PM=1

– CT National Guard Foundation: http://www.ctngfoundation.org/

– DMHAS Military Support Program: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=3833&q=450538

– Wartime Service Bonus Information: http://www.ct.gov/mil/cwp/view.asp?a=2447&Q=382592

– Veterans Wartime Service Medal: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=1992&q=313194

– Important Forms: http://www.ct.gov/mil/cwp/view.asp?a=1342&Q=256942&milNav=|

* CT Department on Aging, Veterans Resources: http://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?a=2513&q=424084

HOUSING ASSISTANCE/HOMELESSNESS:

* Mortgage Assistance: http://www.ct.gov/dob/cwp/view.asp?a=2235&q=386114#vets

* Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Fund: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/site/default.asp

– How to file: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/cwp/view.asp?a=2302&Q=300898&ssmfNav=|

– Find your representative: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/cwp/view.asp?a=2302&Q=302128&ssmfNav

* Residential Facility at CT State Veterans Home at Rocky Hill: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/Publication/RF_Brochure_2013.pdf

* Beth-El Center for Temporary Shelter or Housing: http://www.bethelmilford.org/website/publish/needhelp.shtml#tempshelter

* Columbus Housing for shelter, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing: http://www.columbushouse.org/programs

* Homes for the Brave: http://www.homesforthebrave.org/

* Homes for the Brave, Female Soldiers Forgotten Heroes Program:

– http://www.homesforthebrave.org/programs/female-soldiers-forgotten-heroes/

– http://www.kickfornick.org/FemaleSoldiersForgottenHeroes

WORK:

* Office for Veterans Workforce Development: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/default.htm

– Department of Labor Veterans Representatives Directory: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/vetreps.htm

– Job Search Resources: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/JobSearch.htm

* Request an Appointment with a representative from the DOL: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/VetApptRequests/Vet_Appt_Request.htm

* Connecticut State Job/Exams Search: https://www.biznet.ct.gov/AccountMaint/Login.aspx?l=n

– Face to Face Interview GUARANTEE for CT State Jobs:

http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2012.04.26_governor_malloy_letter_to_agency_heads_on_hiring_veterans.pdf

* Subsidized Training & Employment Program (STEP UP): http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/StepUp/index.htm

* Community College Manufacturing Centers (Programs in Manufacturing Certifications): http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&Q=511990

* Apprenticeship Training: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/appren/t-AT18.htm

* Work Vessels for Veterans: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/Work_Vessels_for_Veterans_flyer.pdf

EDUCATION:

* CT Office of Higher Education, Veterans guides for higher education: http://www.ctohe.org/vet/default.shtml

* GI Bill Approved Connecticut Higher Education Facilities: http://www.ctohe.org/HEWeb/VeteransBoth.asp

* Educational Benefits Information: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/education.htm

* Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Veterans Services (Tuition Waiver Information and other program/contact information): http://www.ct.edu/admission/veterans

* Connecticut Private Colleges and Universities Veterans Services: http://www.theccic.org/Resources/Resources_for_Veterans/Resources_for_Veterans_at_CCIC_Institutions/

– Albertus Magnus: http://www.albertus.edu/student-resources/registrar/veterans-educational-info.html

– Connecticut College: http://www.conncoll.edu/admission/financial-aid/applying-for-financial-aid/resources-for-veterans/

– Fairfield University: http://www.fairfield.edu/admission/aca_vet_index.html

– Goodwin College: http://www.goodwin.edu/admissions/veterans.asp

– Mitchell College: http://community.mitchell.edu/Veterans

– Quinnipiac University: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-financial-aid/veterans-benefits/

– Rensselaer at Hartford: http://ewp.rpi.edu/financial_aid/veterans_benefits.html

– Sacred Heart University: http://www.sacredheart.edu/admissions/part-timenoncreditadmissions/veterans/

– St. Vincent’s College: http://www.stvincentscollege.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/other-sources-of-financial-assistance/

– Trinity College: http://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/IDP/IDPFinAid/Pages/veterans.aspx

– University of Bridgeport: http://www.bridgeport.edu/finaid/financial-aid-information-all-students/veterans-student-guide/

– University of Hartford: http://admission.hartford.edu/finaid/veterans.html

– University of New Haven: http://www.newhaven.edu/academics/13317/

– University of Saint Joseph: http://www.usj.edu/student_life/resources_and_services/registrar_office/veterans_services/chapter31.html

– Wesleyan: http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/enrollment/veteran_certification.html

– Yale: http://www.yale.edu/sfas/finaid/finaid-information/yellowribbon.html

*University of Connecticut Veterans Services: http://www.huskyveterans.uconn.edu/

OWNING OR STARTING A BUSINESS:

*CT Department of Economic and Community Development, For Veterans: http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?a=3931&q=462604

– Office of Veterans Business Development: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2985

– Needs Assessment form: http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?a=3931&q=463436

TRANSITIONING:

* Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP): http://www.ct.gov/mil/cwp/view.asp?a=2447&Q=429254

* Connecticut TAP (Transition Assistance Program): http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/tap2.htm

* DMV Assistance for Veterans: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=4232&q=509280

* Veterans Rehabilitation Services: http://www.ct.gov/dors/cwp/view.asp?Q=510898&A=4195

* Patriot’s Landing Transitional Program at Rocky Hill: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=2089&q=482606&ctvaNav=I

– Brochure: http://www.ct.gov//ctva/lib/ctva/v4/Publication/Patriots_Landing_Brochure_(2).pdf

– Application: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/Publication/Patriots_LandingCT_DV__AdmissionsAppl_(2).pdf

– Additional forms to be submitted: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/vha-10-5345-fill.pdf

http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/residential/standard-form-180[1].pdf

* Beth-El Center for Temporary Shelter or Housing: http://www.bethelmilford.org/website/publish/needhelp.shtml#tempshelter

* Columbus Housing for transitional housing or permanent supportive housing: http://www.columbushouse.org/programs/#transitional

PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH:

* VA Connecticut Health Care System: http://www.connecticut.va.gov/

* Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Fund for medical expense assistance: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/site/default.asp

– How to file an application: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/cwp/view.asp?a=2302&Q=300898&ssmfNav

– Find your representative: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/cwp/view.asp?a=2302&Q=302128&ssmfNav

* Veterans Rehabilitation Services: http://www.ct.gov/dors/cwp/view.asp?Q=510898&A=4195

* Residential Facility at CT State Veterans Home at Rocky Hill (offers rehabilitation, counseling, substance abuse recovery support, etc.): http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/Publication/RF_Brochure_2013.pdf

– Rocky Hill Health Care Center Brochure: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/hcf_quad_brochure_jun11.pdf

* Sgt. John L. Levitow Veteran’s Health Care Center at Rocky Hill: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/VetApptRequests/Vet_Appt_Request.htm

* The Fellowship House at Rocky Hill: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=2005&q=291004

– Substance Abuse Recovery Program Brochure: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/Publication/RSP_Brochure_(2).pdf

* Grant Street Partnership for Substance Abuse Recovery: http://www.hillhealthcenter.com/phpworx/index.php?cmd=content&action=view_location&id=16

* CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Military Support Program (Features a 24/7 Call Center, Embedded Clinicians, Outpatient Counseling, Case Management, Information and Referral Services, Transportation Assistance and Recovery Support Services): http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=3833&Q=453942&dmhasNav=|

* CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Veterans Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=3833&Q=453950&dmhasNav=|

* CT DMHAS Military Support Program:

* Military Support Program: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=3833&q=450538

* Dartmouth College, OEF/OIF Veterans Outreach: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/PostWarAsst.pdf

OTHER BENEFITS:

* CT Department of Labor Other Benefits Listing/Timetable: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/BenefitsInfo.htm

LEGAL HELP:

* Gump’s Veterans Legal Services: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/Gumps%20Legal%20Flyer.pdf

* CT Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Advocacy and Assistance: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=2014&q=290856

* CT Veterans Legal Center: http://ctveteranslegal.org/

WOMEN VETERANS:

* CT Department of Labor Women Veterans Resources: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/veterans/FemaleVets.htm

* Residential Facility at CT State Veterans Home at Rocky Hill with a special, secure women’s residence: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/Publication/RF_Brochure_2013.pdf

* Women Veterans Resources: http://www.211ct.org/informationlibrary/Documents/CTWomenVeteransResources.asp

* Homes for the Brave, Female Soldiers Forgotten Heroes Program:

– http://www.homesforthebrave.org/programs/female-soldiers-forgotten-heroes/

– http://www.kickfornick.org/FemaleSoldiersForgottenHeroes

TAX/FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

*Military Income Tax Assistance: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1462&q=509828

*Military Family Relief Fund Information & Application: http://www.ct.gov/mil/cwp/view.asp?a=2447&q=310106&PM=1

* CT National Guard Foundation: http://www.ctngfoundation.org/

* Veterans’ Additional Exemption Tax Relief Program: http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383132

ORGANIZATIONS AND NONPROFITS:

* Department of Veterans Affairs Organization Listing: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/taxonomy/taxonomy.asp?DLN=45342&ctvaNav=%7C45342%7C&ctvaNavPage=%7C

* CT National Guard Foundation: http://www.ctngfoundation.org/

* Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Fund for medical expense assistance: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/site/default.asp

– How to file an application: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/cwp/view.asp?a=2302&Q=300898&ssmfNav

– Find your representative: http://www.ct.gov/ssmf/cwp/view.asp?a=2302&Q=302128&ssmfNav

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