Day of Service for Veterans: Free Dental Care June 24 | Aspen Dental

Participating Aspen Dental practices will provide free dental care to local veterans in Hamden, Meriden, Waterbury, Manchester, Farmington, Torrington, Bristol, and Waterford. Please call 844-ASPEN-HMM to schedule an appointment at a participating office. Appointments are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Event flyer here. Article here.

When: Saturday, June 24, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
Where: Participating Aspen Dental practices (please call 844-ASPEN-HMM for details)

38th Annual FHACT Fair Housing Conference April 26, Rocky Hill

38th Annual FHACT Fair Housing Conference : Shining a Light on Fair Housing Rights in 2017 April 26

This exciting conference features an Interactive Audience Participation Event on “How to Recognize and Prevent Implicit Bias”; a panel on “‘Second Chance’ Programs and How They Relate to Fair Housing”; and a panel on “Invisible Disabilities and Trauma”. If you need more information, please contact Margaret at 203-854-7820.

When: Wednesday, April 26 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 pm
WhereSheraton Hartford South, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill

Free Event: From Compassion to Action — The Road to Hope April 25, New Haven

Christian Community Action, Inc. presents “From Compassion to Action: The Road to Hope”, a free and open event about strategies to address underlying and debilitating issues that affect people and families in New Haven. Dr. Matthew Desmond and Juan Salgado, both recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Award in 2015, will share their perspectives on this topic. Dr. Desmond, Harvard University sociology professor, is the author of the NY Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Mr. Salgado is the President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago, which seeks to assist members of low-income, Latino, or immigrant communities with achieving self-sufficiency and obtaining living wage employment. For more info, please email
When: Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30 pm

Free dental services to be offered in New Haven

Free: Connecticut Mission Of Mercy Dental Clinics

Connecticut Mission Of Mercy Dental Clinics are scheduled in New Haven this year. The two-day clinic will provide free dental work to the under-served and the uninsured. Some of the people being treated haven’t been to a dentist in years. This gives them a chance to go and get some much-needed work done that they otherwise couldn’t afford for a number of reasons. More here.

When: Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 starting at 6 am.

Where: Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven

For more information, visit 

Connecticut’s independent living centers save money | CT Viewpoints

A 38-year-old woman with a spinal cord injury that uses a power wheelchair is able to get health insurance, the opportunity for employment and mobility with a new and improved chair and accessible apartment that lets her get out into the community.

A widower living with a mental health disability, who had fallen behind financially after losing his wife is able to get help through the CT Housing Finance Authority and stay in his home.

With the support of an advocate for the Money Follows the Person program, a young man living in a nursing facility is able to find a wheelchair accessible apartment that allows him to live in his own home in the community.

These are just three of the thousands of individuals across Connecticut who turn to the state’s Independent Living Centers each year for services that provide living skills and support their access to housing, employment, health insurance and medical care.

Source: Connecticut’s independent living centers save money | CT Viewpoints

Notice of quarterly meeting of the membership of Center for Disability Rights March 23

The winter meeting of the Membership of CDR will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Center for Disability Rights, 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT 06516.

There will be a light supper from 6-6:30. Updates and news until 7.

A presentation “Living with Wellness,” by Christopher Chase, D.C, SoVita Chiropractic will follow.

Please call Carmen 203-934-7077 Ext. 14, or email to confirm attendance. It is important that we know who is coming so that we can plan on food.

News on the Affordable Care Act

We know there has been a lot of news around the president’s Executive Order to Repeal and Replace the ACA or Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).

Here are some facts:

>Did the executive order repeal or replace the ACA?

No, it did not.  The ACA has not been repealed or replaced at this time.

>How does the executive order affect 2017 coverage?

It Does Not. The Connecticut Insurance Department assures us that plans that customers enroll in during this Open Enrollment will be honored for the entire year according to state regulation.

>Do I still need to enroll? 

Yes. The law still requires residents to have coverage.

>What happens if I don’t enroll?

You could pay a tax penalty of $695 or more, and you won’t have coverage for your healthcare needs.

>Is there financial help available?

Yes. Close to 80% of our members get financial help to pay for their coverage.

>When can I enroll?

You have until January 31, 2017 to enroll.

>How can I enroll?

  1.     Online:
  2.     Phone:  1-855-372-2428 | TTY: 1-855-789-2428 (Over 100 languages spoken)
  3.     In person: **No appointment needed**

ADA transit services subject of meeting Tuesday Sept. 27, 2016 in West Haven

Representatives from Greater New Haven Transit, Valley Transit, Milford Transit, CT Dept. of Transportation Bus System, the Center for Disability Rights and riders, will address issues related to new rules and procedures that will change the way people travel across transit districts at a meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the offices of the Center for Disability Rights, 369 Highland St., West Haven, 06516.

Examples of travel routes that will be discussed include New Haven to Milford; Seymour (and other Valley towns) to West Haven; and New haven to Meriden.

RSVP to Charlie Smyth, 203-387-8350, or or Irene Puccino, at 203-468-4787.

Free Dental Clinic Sept. 16-17, XL Center, Hartford

The Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) is offering a two day clinic that provides free dental care to the underserved and uninsured in CT. Oral health is inseparable from general health and can affect a person’s self-esteem, compromise their ability to work, attend school and lead a normal life. Click here for more info.

When: Friday 9/16 & Saturday 9/17. Clinic opens at 6:00 a.m.

Where: XL CENTER, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford

Gov. Malloy Announces $13 Million in Small Cities Grants to 21 Municipalities to Enhance Housing Availability, Increase Economic Development

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein today announced that nearly $13 million is being awarded to 21 municipalities in Connecticut to provide important upgrades and improvements to the state’s affordable housing stock and infrastructure.

Awarded under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities program, which is administered by DOH with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grants are awarded to small towns that have a population below 50,000 residents to advance projects that develop and preserve affordable housing, provide services to the most vulnerable residents in their communities, and also create and retain jobs.

“These projects will help so many local communities increase quality of life and make our state an even more attractive place to live, work and do business,” Governor Malloy said.  “These are investments in our neighborhoods, in the people who live here, and in our economic future.”

Read more at the source here.