Human Services

Connecticut Association for Human Services

  • Hartford, CT
  • www.cahs.org

Mission Statement

The Connecticut Association for Human Services mission is to end poverty and engage, equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future. Our vision is a Connecticut were all children and families thrive, regardless of income, and contribute to and share in the state's growth.

Main Programs

  1. Connecticut Money School (financial education classes)
  2. AccessBenefits Online (work support screening)
  3. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
  4. New England Consortium (federal policy to reduce child and family poverty)
  5. CT Kids Count and family well-being (data and policy)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

CAHS serves the state of Connecticut with concentrations in Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Fairfield County.

ruling year

1954

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. James P. Horan

Keywords

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CAHS, VITA, CT Money School, EarnBenefits, KIDS COUNT Data Book

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EIN

06-0653158

 Number

6031811320

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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At CAHS, we are proud of our recent accomplishments: Access to basic needs services: In 2011, CAHS expanded outreach through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and SNAP (food stamp) programs - helping over 13,000 Connecticut households access much-needed federal benefits. Through the VITA program, nearly 11,000 tax returns were prepared, saving low- to moderate-income clients an estimated $1.72 million in tax preparation fees and facilitating $18 million in refunds. In 2010, CAHS launched the EarnBenefits Online (EBO) program, a web-based tool that screens for up to 12 federal and state benefits at once. With 30 partner agencies across the state, CAHS's EBO tool helps screen nearly 3,000 families annually. Financial education: Since 2009, the Connecticut Money School (CMS) has provided free financial education targeted to low- and moderate-income adults. With over 2,850 students served to date, CAHS has hosted this program in over 65 locations statewide. CMS now includes Spanish and online versions. In November 2011, CAHS launched the Bank On CT initiative, which offers unbanked and underbanked individuals a means to build assets and improve their financial well-being. Bank On CT is a collaboration of community based organizations, financial institutions, and government partners. State and federal policy advocacy: CAHS has a significant presence and impact in advocacy roles, at both the state and federal levels, as leaders of the Family Economic Success (FES) Network and New England Consortium (NEC). CAHS led the statewide coalition advocating for the adoption of the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which Governor Malloy signed into law last year. Statewide, 178,000 households received state EITCs averaging $600 each. CAHS partners with the City of Hartford to develop Opportunities Hartford, a comprehensive city-wide effort to identify, enhance, and implement a set of Hartford's most promising education, jobs, and income opportunities for City residents. To support CAHS's program and policy work, KIDS COUNT and the Working Poor Families Project produce data and policy briefs on topics such as developmental education.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Connecticut Money School (financial education classes)

The Connecticut Money School (CMS) provides free financial education for adults and seniors We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become financially independent. We ensure that students receive a high standard of financial education that will help them work towards a prosperous future. CMS is a community-based initiative created to promote economic stability for low to moderate income adults and seniors in Connecticut. Nearly 100 instructors with financial backgrounds teach our classes. Topics covered include: debt, savings, basic budgeting, credit, loans, health care, homeownership, saving for college and senior issues (long-term care, retirement, fraud prevention). We have recently added a Spanish language and online version, covering a broad range of topics. This past year, CAHS began operating Bank On Connecticut, a collaboration with banks, to help low-income, unbanked households receive financial education and open accounts.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Other Named Groups

Budget

$298,000.00

Program 2

AccessBenefits Online (work support screening)

For hundreds of thousands of workers in Connecticut, even a full-time job does not pay enough to allow them to make ends meet and achieve self-sufficiency. Public benefits and work supports can supplement household income earned from wages. Eligible individuals and families often do not take advantage of such benefits because they are unaware of them, wrongly believe that they are not eligible if employed, or the feel it is a ""hassle"" to enroll. CAHS is addressing these urgent needs, building on our existing outreach efforts by using a new technology solution, AccessBenefits Online (ABO), to help families meet the basic needs of their children. Currently ABO screens and facilitates access to Medicaid, HUSKY (the State Children's Health Insurance Program), HealthyStart (medical insurance for pregnant women), WIC, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Care 4Kids (child care subsidies) and LIHEAP (Energy Assistance). AccessBenefits, combined with technical assistance to build programmatic capacity with our 35 community partners in across the state, has helped a thousands of low-income families to better meet their basic needs through access to work supports. The performance measures for assessing the success of the initiative are the number of new benefits enrollments, and the total dollar value of the enrollments. CAHS and its partners will screen screened 20,000 individuals in 10,000 households in 2013. CAHS has a data exchange agreement with the Department of Social Services to track benefit enrollment. Close to 50% of the households referred to DSS successfully apply for benefits.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Other Named Groups

Budget

245,000

Program 3

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Since 2004 CAHS has organized coalitions of VITA sites across the state. VITA programs provide alternatives to paid and predatory tax preparation in low-income communities. According to IRS data, in 2003 nearly 57% of Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) recipients were also recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A RAL is a short-term high-interest loan offered by some commercial tax preparers that allow people to borrow the amount of their refund before they receive it. In 2003, the IRS estimated that EITC recipients nationally paid $740 million dollars in application, administrative, and loan fees. In addition to paying high fees for tax preparation, the IRS estimates that 20% of those eligible for the EITC do not take advantage of it, leaving millions of dollars in unclaimed credits each year. VITA sites ensure that residents have access to a free tax service that will screen for refunds and tax credits, without offering high interest loans or administrative fees. This service keeps refunds and credits in the hands of low and moderate-income families, and in their communities.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

263,000

Program 4

New England Consortium (federal policy to reduce child and family poverty)

CAHS coordinates the New England Consortium (NEC), a six-state consortium whose mission is to reduce poverty for children and their families, through advocacy on a set of strategic state and federal priorities, with effective implementation across the region. The Consortium's vision is a region where children and their parents' basic needs are met; educational and economic opportunities are available to all; and families are financially secure. NEC members have chosen to focus on poverty reduction because research shows that poverty is the most determining life circumstance for children and affects every other indicator of child well being. Even in the wealthier New England states, such as Connecticut and Massachusetts, poverty has persisted at constant levels for decades, and increased in recent years, which demonstrates a strong need to invest new energy and renewed effort.Some New England cities have urban poverty rates that are among the highest in the nation, including Hartford, Providence, and Springfield. Rural areas in the three northern New England states have a disproportionate number of people living in poverty.The Consortium's immediate focus will be on passage of federal health care reform and the extension of provisions in the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) related to child and family poverty. The Consortium looks forward to working with other advocates in the region, as well as with national partners who share the goal of ending child and family poverty.The New England Constortium's website is www.endpovertynewengland.org.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$450,000.00

Program 5

CT Kids Count and family well-being (data and policy)

CAHS operated the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count project in Connecticut. Kids Count is a public education and advocacy campaign that provides reliable, comprehensive, timely data and analysis on how well Connecticut's children are doing at the state and local levels. Kids Count is known for its positive influence on decision-making and its success in moving important issues into the public arena. By linking data with sound policy analysis, Kids Count makes the case that social, economic, education, and health policies can't be developed and implemented in isolation, as they have far-reaching effects on the lives of all children across the state. Our analyses demonstrate to policymakers and the public that in order to maintain a healthy Connecticut, we must work to improve family well-being as much as we work to improve the state's economic well-being. Kids Count produces a number of publications, including a biennial data book and annual policy briefs and reports that explain the real-life implications of policymakers' decisions on children and families. Our publications focus on topics about family economic security, health, education, safety, economic development, and workforce education and skill development.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

$125,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

CAHS serves the state of Connecticut with concentrations in Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Fairfield County.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Volunteers are needed throughout the state and are trained and supported throughout their work: Connecticut Money School (CMS) - Volunteer instructors prepare and deliver classroom instruction for up to 30 participants. Topics range from Basic Budgeting to Saving for College. For more information, visit www.ctmoney.org. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - Volunteers are trained as tax preparers or serve as greeters or intake specialists. VITA sites are located in Bridgeport, Danbury, Derby, Meriden, Naugatuck, New Haven, Norwalk, Shelton, Stratford, Waterbury and other locations throughout the state. Financial support is always needed to expand the delivery of services from basic needs outreach to our financial education and empowerment programs. Partner organizations are critical to CAHS's success. We operate with local governments, non-profit agencies, businesses and state agencies throughout the state to administer programs, build coalitions, and increase the coordination and impact of our work. We continually seek additional partners and advocates. For more information about these needs, or if you would like to partner with CAHS, please call our office at 860-951-2212.

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CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR HUMAN SERVICES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Executive Director

Mr. James P. Horan

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Casey McGuane

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Term: June 2014 - June 2016

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