We have curated a list of resources to connect you and your family with the support locally, state and nationwide. If you have additional resources to add to this page, please email Maybeth (email@example.com), or call 203-753-1896
NEST is a proud partner of the E-Home America Network which was developed beginning in 2008 to help clients who needed homebuyer education to access high quality content without having to travel to a homeownership counseling agency for classes. E-Home America invested significant resources in developing multimedia content, thorough testing, and sophisticated management tools for agency partners like NEST. E-Home America Network offers online, at-your-own-pace classes. Please note, these classes are not free.
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA): 877-571-2432
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority is a self-funded, quasi-public organization. Its mission is to alleviate the shortage of housing for low- to moderate-income families and persons in this state and, when appropriate, to promote or maintain the economic development of this state through employer-assisted housing efforts.
Connecticut Department of Housing (CHOD): 860-270-8262
The Connecticut Department of Housing's mission is to ensure everyone has access to quality housing opportunities and options throughout the State of Connecticut.
CT Fair Housing Center: 860-247-4400
Since 1994, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center has provided free investigative and legal services to residents who believe they have been the victims of housing discrimination. Because housing discrimination disproportionately affects people with low incomes, the Center focuses on the intersection of poverty and housing discrimination.
Department of Social Services: 203-597-4000
The Department of Social Services (DSS) delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency. DSS serves about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns. We support the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities. Services (including Energy Assistance) are delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, and online and phone access options.
Housing Authority/Section 8: 203-596-2640
The Housing Authority can help by paying a portion of your rent directly to your landlord through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, This program is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Another way the Housing Authority assists people is by making Housing Authority-owned apartments available to low-income households at an affordable rent.
Housing Development Fund: 203-969-1830
HDF’s mission is to facilitate the development of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities. HDF accomplishes this mission through assisting households in becoming and remaining owners of affordable homes, and through the formation of limited partnerships which expand affordable rental opportunities for low and moderate income households.
Capital For Change: 860-233-5165
Capital for Change is the largest full-service Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Connecticut. With support from our community-minded investors and partners, we serve people, nonprofits, small businesses and public institutions. Our high-impact programs and products broaden access to affordable housing, energy efficiency and job opportunities for underserved communities.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): 860-240-4800
HUD provides housing support and uplifts communities. Let us guide your next steps to the right place.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
Connecticut Legal Services: 860-344-0447
CT Legal Services' mission is to provide access to justice and protect the critical civil legal rights of low-income individuals and families through representation, systemic advocacy, advice, collaboration, and education. We serve low-income families in 122 of the 169 Connecticut communities (our sister agencies serve areas of greater Hartford and greater New Haven). Our service area includes hundreds of thousands of families eligible for our services.
Statewide Legal Services (SLS): 800-453-3320
SLS provides free legal assistance to eligible people in Connecticut.
Organizations in Waterbury
Acts 4 Ministry
Brass City Harvest
City of Waterbury Department of Health
Connecticut Community Foundation
Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury
Team SEALS of Connecticut
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Boy Scouts of America - Connecticut River Council
Greater Waterbury YMCA
Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
Naugatuck Valley Community College
New Opportunities, Inc.
Northwest Regional Workforce
Planned Parenthood of Connecticut
Saint Mary's Health System
Waterbury Bridge to Success
United Way of Greater Waterbury
Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury School Readiness Council
Community Revitalization Resources
Department of Economic Development (DECD): 860-270-8000
The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state’s lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture.
Senior Assistance Resources
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.
National Council on Aging will deliver the resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy our nation needs to ensure that every person can age with health and financial security. Because aging well for all is a matter of equity. A matter of dignity. And a matter of justice.
BenefitsCheckUp® connects millions of older adults and people with disabilities with benefits programs that can help pay for health care, medicine, food, utilities, and more. See what's available in your area by entering your ZIP code below.
CT DSS connects residents with health care, food, cash assistance and more. Visit their website to learn more about their services.
Other Assistance Resources
Those who meet certain income-eligibility and geographic requirements may obtain help with their energy costs from one or more of the Energy Assistance programs administered by New Opportunities Inc. The organization’s Energy Division offers both financial aid and, where needed, support in the form of Weatherization.
Connecticut WIC Program: 203-574-6785
United Way: 203-757-9855
Connecting communities to opportunity.
American Job Centers offer no-cost services to jobseekers throughout the state.
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI): 203-612-5464
CIRI provides support to immigrant households.