The Department's Mission is to promote the social well-being of the community, self sufficiency and improve the quality of life for Vernon residents. The Department provides a variety of social service programs such as crisis intervention and case management services, benefits counseling and advocacy, intake site for energy assistance applications, emergency fuel and utility assistance, limited emergency assistance, fee waiver for summer camp programs, and information and referral. The Department staffs the Human Services Advisory Commission to assist with its initiatives and manage the grants allocated to private, non-profit human services serving Vernon residents. The Department administers the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program and manages State grants.
Energy Assistance is a federally funded program that helps low to moderate income residents with heating costs during the winter months. Residents must make an appointment to complete the application process. Appointments begin in September for deliverable fuel heated households and November for utility heated households. Utility heated households with a shut-off notice are normally extended through May. Please contact this office for information or to schedule an appointment.
Utility Shut Offs: Eversource offers NuStart, a program to help low income individuals and families who have a delinquent balance and are in jeopardy of having their service terminated. A monthly budget arrangement is made and as long as the customer makes that payment every month, the past due amount is reduced over time. If you are being threatened with a utility shut off or would like more information, please contact this office.
The Department has two CHOICES counselors who have been trained and certified by North Central Agency on Aging. CHOICES counselors help older adults understand and exercise their rights, receive benefits they are entitled to, and make informed choices about quality of life issues. CHOICES counselors also provide free information and assistance about Medicare options, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), Medicare Part D (Prescription coverage) and other state and federal programs. CHOICES counselors DO NOT sell insurance. CHOICES stands for Connecticut’s program for Health insurance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening. For more information please contact this office.
If you are a renter age 65+ or a person receiving Social Security Disability and reside in Vernon, you may be eligible for a "rebate". The Renters’ Rebate program looks at income and rent/utilities paid in the previous year. There is an income guideline. Residents must make an appointment to complete the application process. The program begins in April and runs through September. Please contact this office for information or to schedule an appointment.
Camp ConnRI is The Salvation Army overnight camp for children ages 7-12. The camp is located in Ashford and offers a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, sports and arts& crafts. The cost is $35 for one week. If you are interested in sending your child to Camp CONNRI, please contact this office.
Vernon Summer Camp programs provide camp discounts for residents who meet the income guideline. You may contact this office to inquire about summer camperships.
Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
The Department administers this program which offers an interest free loan for housing repairs. There is an income guideline and the property must be owner occupied. There is no monthly payment required but the loan is repaid when there is a transfer of title, the mortgage is refinanced or the property is no longer the applicant's principle place of residence. For more information, please contact this office.
Adopt a Child for Back to School Clothes
The Department offers this program annually by seeking sponsors for Back-to-School clothes. The program provides children in need with new clothes for the upcoming school year. If you wish to sponsor a child or make a monetary donation, please contact this office.
State Department of Social Services (DSS) www.ct.gov/dss
Social Security www.ssa.gov
211 Infoline www.infoline.org
211 Child Care Infoline www.211infoline.org
Community Renewal Team (CRT) www.crtct.org
Vernon Housing Authority www.vernonhousing.org
North Central Ct. Area Agency on Aging www.ncaaact.org
Eastern Ct. Health Network (ECHN) www.echn.org