Jill Dotlo, community liaison for the Community Action Agency of New Haven submitted this article. Also, United Illuminating provided the videos seen here. Click here for info on that company’s energy assistance.
The Community Action Agency of New Haven is encouraging people not to wait for a shut off notice before seeking help with their heat bills.
There’s a lot of shame in being homeless, and it’s hard to talk about, said Morgan Harrison. He knows firsthand: He’s overcoming homelessness and on his way to a degree and a job as a railway engineer.
Talking honestly with a counselor — the first step in a solution — can be difficult, too, if you’re crammed with maybe another person into a broom closet-sized office with storage shelves above you, walls so thin everybody hears, and a door that can’t open without banging into a washer and dryer.
“Say we have a veteran, who came back and developed post-traumatic stress disorder, got in trouble with the law, was incarcerated and now has just come out” of prison, asked Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy. “How do you help him?”