Resources for Individuals, updated 4/5
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All information was accurate as of posting and we will be updating as quickly as possible.
Newtown Resources & Updates
- NEW! How can you help? Do you have unopened & unexpired surgical masks, N95 respirators, surgical gowns, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, and thermometers? If so, fill out this form to donate them.
- NEW! Wellness Guide shared with you by the Office of the Selectman, the Newtown Health District, and the Newtown Department of Human Services
- Town of Newtown updates
- State of CT updates
- Frequently Asked Questions about the State of CT’s Actions Regarding COVID-19 (52 page booklet)
- Emergency Orders issued by the Governor and State Agencies
- Newtown Bee local updates and cancellations
- General state-wide help/information: 2-1-1 CT
Important message from the Department of Social Services:
If you, or a fellow community member, is in need of support during this challenging time, please contact the Human Services at 203-270-4330 or 203-270-4612.
Ben’s Lighthouse would like to offer their help in assisting the seniors in our community with their needs during COVID-19 isolation. Let them know what help is needed at (203) 770-7713. Stay in but reach out!
General State-Wide Help
For assistance on a variety of matters, from child care assistance, financial assistance, or even to be matched with remote tax form help, go to 2-1-1 CT.
Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990
- TTY 1-800-846-8517
- Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”
- From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746
- From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663
Food Assistance (for pets too!)
Any resident in need of food can use Newtown’s food pantry, FAITH (Food, Assistance, Immediate, Temporary, Help).
People who wish to receive a supply of groceries, toiletries, and (if needed) pet care products must now call in advance, and a volunteer will take the request, pull items from the pantry’s supply, bag the items, and leave them outside the building at 46 Church Hill Road at an appointed time. F.A.I.T.H. can be reached at 203-837-0816 or 203-426-5604.
Special Information for Older Adults
CW Resources, the meal site provider for the Senior Center, will be providing prepackaged lunches for seniors beginning Tuesday, March 24th. Meals will be provided in containers that can be heated in your home microwaves. Curbside pick up is between 10 am and noon, at the Senior Center. Contact the Senior Center at 203-270-4310 to order.
BJ’s Wholesale Club: 8am-9am daily for Ages 60+
Caraluzzi’s: 6:30am-7:30am daily for shoppers 65+. Please be respectful and reserve this time to allow seniors to shop. All customers are welcome to shop 7:30am-8:00pm until further notice.
Costco: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Costco warehouses will open from 8 to 9 a.m. for members ages 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments. During this early hour, the pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will not. Costco.com
Walmart: Now through April 28 at least, Walmart stores will be open one hour early every Tuesday for customers age 60 and over. Most Walmart store hours begin at 7 a.m. daily nowadays, in which case the store would be open from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday strictly for older shoppers. Drygoods online order and delivery. Walmart.com (not groceries)
Big Y: 7 a.m to 8 a.m. daily for customers who are 60 and older, or who have compromised immune systems. https://www.bigy.com/rs/storelocator/detail/49
ShopRite: Customers who are 65 and over can shop between 6 AM and 7 AM all nearby locations. Southbury offers online orders with pickup or delivery to Sandy Hook via https://shoprite.com/store/A1AB4009
Stop & Shop: 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily for seniors and customers with compromised immune systems. Order online (Peapod) with delivery (not pickup) from Danbury Stop and Shop https://www.peapod.com/
Here’s an update (4/1)about the current state of unemployment insurance for employers and employees.
FAQ for workers and employers about COVID-19 related unemployment
Work search requirements have been waived until the Governor terminates the public health emergency and the civil preparedness emergency.
Here’s a quick guide to coronavirus specific unemployment information for individuals about sick leave/cut hours/layoffs due to the novel coronavirus.
You do not necessarily need to lose your job entirely to receive benefits.
You may be eligible for other benefits to help pay for food, health insurance, or child care. The United
Way of Connecticut website includes a 2-1-1 Navigator Benefits Screener for people who may qualify for
more than one type of benefit.
If your landlord has filed a case in court to evict you, it will not move forward at this time. If
your landlord already won a judgment allowing your landlord to evict you, you can stay in your home
through May 1, 2020 and possibly later. Please check back for updates to this information. Please note:
tenants are still responsible for paying the rent as agreed in their lease.
IMPORTANT: If your landlord has told you that you are being evicted, or has provided you with a Notice
to Quit, a Writ, Summons, or Complaint, or any other document saying you must move out, you have
legal rights and do not have to leave unless a court has ordered you to leave. The landlord also may not use any “self-help” measures such as changing the locks or moving your belongings out of your home.
Contact and work directly with your mortgage servicer to learn about and apply for available
reliefGovernor Lamont reached an agreement with over 50 banks and credit unions on March 31, 2020 to
provide mortgage payment to the state’s residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the
relief policies offered by these financial institutions:
• 90-day grace period for all mortgage payments: Participating institutions are offering mortgage
payment forbearances of up to 90 days. Homeowners can use this to reduce or delay their
monthly mortgage payments.
• Relief from fees and charges for 90 days: These institutions are also waiving or refunding
mortgage-related late and other fees, including early CD withdrawals.
• No new foreclosures for 60 days: Financial institutions will not start any foreclosure sales or
• No credit score changes for accessing relief: Late or missed payments will not be shared with
credit reporting agencies
Contact your companies. Do not assume immediate relief. Make sure you state you are experiencing coronavirus or COVID-19 financial difficulties if this is the case.
Access Health CT, Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace has announced it will hold a special enrollment period for uninsured state residents through Thursday, April 2. The effective date of coverage for all enrollments during this Special Enrollment Period will be April 1, 2020.
Please call 1-855-909-2428 to enroll.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Professional Certifications
Income Tax Filing
Voting and Elections
The Library’s WiFi does reach a bit outside the building, however we do ask that you do not congregate as it defeats the purpose of social distancing!
If you already have a provider, check with them. Most are waiving late fees and pledging not to terminate for the next 60 days. The following providers have created special pages dealing with the coronavirus situation and highlighted the following services:
- Free usage of public WiFi hotspots
- choose att-wifi or attwifi from your list of available wireless networks.
Distance Learning & Remote Work
EBSCO has compiled a ton of resources that are free to access right now.
Are you working from home, video-chatting with loved ones, and using other newly-available digital resources? It’s great to stay connected! It’s important to keep in mind the various privacy policies that these platforms have in place, so you can protect your digital life.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a great article discussing privacy issues related to online tools you might be using during this crisis.