Malta House  Norwalk, CT

Malta House is the only transitional living program in the state of Connecticut where a mom can stay with her baby for long-term support and a "hand-up" as she journeys to independence and hope. Malta House is the only home for pregnant women above the age of 18 in Fairfield County, and one of a limited number of programs for young homeless mothers and their babies.
 
Malta House provides a home and loving support system for those who are struggling with an unplanned pregnancy or who are new mothers of an infant or young baby.  We offer homeless pregnant women and their children a family setting where they can grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

 WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.

The WIC program aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

WIC Serves:

  • Pregnant women

  • Breastfeeding women

  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women

  • Infants

  • Toddlers and children up to age 5

 

 St. Joesph Parenting Center  Stamford and Danbury locations

The goal of the General Parenting Program is to provide parents with the space to learn and share parenting knowledge and skills in a group setting. The program consists of 28 different parenting topics ranging from healthy discipline strategies and encouraging your child’s self-esteem to managing your family’s nutrition and household budget.   

  • Available to mothers, fathers, and any caregiver interested in learning 

  • All our services are offered in English and Spanish 

  • An intake assessment is required before attending classes 

  • Classes are open enrollment – parents can join into the cycle at any time 

  • Ongoing case management includes counseling, advocacy, and connections to community resources 

  • Incentive gifts for children provided to parents when they attend 10 and 20 classes 

 

 Connecticut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.

The four purposes of the TANF program are to:

  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes

  • Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage

  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies

  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

 

To be eligible for Connecticut TANF, you must be a resident of Connecticut, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have low or very low income. You must also be one of the following:

  • Have a child 18 years of age or younger, or

  • Be pregnant, or

  • Be 18 years of age or younger and the head of your household.

 Diaper Bank Info: 

 Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare can help you apply for SNAP benefits  

SNAP OUTREACH APPOINTMENTS: Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare can help you apply for SNAP benefits. Call the SNAP Outreach Team at 860-856-HELP (4357) to set up a time to complete an application over the phone in about 30 minutes.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is one of the most powerful tools for addressing hunger in our community. This federal nutrition program, administered by the state, uses an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, much like a debit card, to help eligible low-income people stretch their food budgets and buy the healthy foods they need at their local authorized store or online at select stores. The SNAP Outreach program at Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare provides assistance to help people apply for SNAP benefits.

 Family Centers - Stamford Site: Young Parents Program 

Young Parents Program supports pregnant teens and young mothers as they transition into their roles as parents. Provides prenatal/parenting education and support and help young parents further their educational and vocation goals. Groups meet weekly in several Stamford schools. Home visits available.

 The Connection 

Lists some services for youth who were formerly in foster care

 Below Market Rate Dwelling Units, Stamford 

The Below Market Rate (BMR) program is an initiative of the City of Stamford to achieve a diverse and balanced community with housing available for households of all income levels. Economic diversity fosters social and environmental conditions that protect and enhance the social fabric of the City and are beneficial to the health, safety and welfare of its residents and to the environmental quality and economy of the region.

 Care 4 Kids 

Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

Families must:

  • live in Connecticut;

  • be working or attending a temporary family cash assistance (Jobs First) approved education or training activity; and

  • meet the program’s income requirements.

Children must:

  • live in Connecticut; and

  • be under age 13, or if the child has special needs, be under age 19.

Providers must:

  • be licensed by the CT Office of Early Childhood (unless exempt from licensing); or

  • be a close relative; grandparent/great grandparent, aunt/uncle, and sibling (a sibling living outside of the child’s home)

 Abilis Baby & Me Playgroup 

New parents and their babies have a new opportunity to have fun, learn new things, enjoy music, playtime and make new friends at the new Baby & Me Playgroup held at The Therapy Center at Abilis in Stamford. The eight-week program is held Mondays at 10:00am for babies 0-6 months, and at 11:00 for babies 7-12 months.

 

  • The program is rolling acceptance, so anyone can join at any time.

  • Cost for the program is $250 and registration can be made by calling 203-324-1880 x 315. For more information, visit abilis.us

  • Abilis’ Baby & Me Playgroups are run by Liz Fornari, M.S., OTR/L, a pediatric occupational therapist with more than 15 years of experience working with young children. The Baby & Me Infant/Parent Playgroup is focused on supporting bonding, encouraging developmental milestones and creating opportunities for sensory processing, all in a nurturing and supportive environment.

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