by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 24, 2014 6:42 am
Despite the uptick in the stock market, Branford residents – and Connecticut residents in general – are still struggling with effects of the Great Recession. The town’s strong social services programs are continuing to see an increase in the number of families taking advantage of their assistance, whether it’s due to cutbacks in the food stamp program, unemployment benefits, or underemployment. The real estate market also reflects the sluggish economy.
Unemployment is down to 5.6 percent as of December 2013 (from a high of 8.1 percent in December 2010), but that may be due to the exhaustion of benefits, the number of people who have stopped looking, or those settling for minimum wage jobs.
by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 4, 2012 8:21 am
Cutbacks in funding for various social service programs have galvanized the efforts of people in Branford and beyond.
“This has been a worse year than it has ever been,” says Pat Andriole, director of the Branford Counseling Center. She has said repeatedly over the past several years that Branford families are having a tough time.
“People who never thought they’d need help are applying for help,” she says. “People are coming in because they can’t pay rent because they have to pay for utilities and food. That’s new this year.”
by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 8, 2010 2:42 pm | Comments (2)
Two public schools in Branford now qualify for federal aid targeted at low-income communities. And the town’s counseling center reports waiting lists for kids seeking help—-two new indicators that the recession has hit the town’s most vulnerable population.
by Sally E. Bahner | May 5, 2009 5:14 pm | Comments (9)
Branford Animal Shelter Director Laura Burban (pictured) sees a big increase in the number of Branford residents who have been forced to give up their pets because of the recession. “Relinquishments,” as they are called, have doubled from last year; 282 animals have been impounded this year.
by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 17, 2009 2:41 pm | Comments (3)
Pat Andriole, executive director of the Branford Counseling Center, confirms current perceptions about the economy: that a whole segment of people who thought they were “safe” are being affected by the recession. The center is seeing people who believed they would never be in the position of needing its help.
by Paul Bass | Dec 19, 2008 12:09 pm | Comments (21)
Sixteen area newspapers have bitten the dust, and 21 reporters and editors are out of jobs.