Cheshire Information:

Human and Social Services

The Town of Cheshire Human Services Department offers a variety of social service and assistance programs for residents or all ages. 

Director of Human Services

Michelle Piccerillo
E-mail: mpiccerillo@cheshirect.org

Social Worker

Kristen Schechter
E-mail: kschechter@cheshirect.org

Connecticut Energy Assistance 

This program provides assistance to income-eligible households in paying for their heating costs during the winter months. Households are determined eligible based on state income and asset guidelines. Program eligibility is based on income, liquid assets and family size. Applicants must provide documentation of current income and assets of all family members, in order to apply for assistance.  Documentation of assets include most recent checking, savings, credit union statements, stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, etc. Applicants must provide current primary heating source bill. All heat sources are considered, including oil, propane, electricity, gas and wood. Renters who have their heat included in their rent must provide rent receipts and a copy of their lease. State guidelines can be found on the Connecticut Department of Social Services website or by calling Infoline at 211. 

Cheshire Fuel Bank

This program provides assistance to Cheshire residents who are in an emergency situation. Funds for this program are provided by generous donations from individuals, religious groups, and civic organizations.

Food Voucher Program

This program provides food vouchers of $40 and $60 to certain local grocery stores to eligible resident households in need of perishable food items. Households can also be referred
to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. Funding for the Food Voucher program comes from the Cheshire Food Drive, Inc.

“Adopt-a-Family" program

The Cheshire Social Services offers an annual “Adopt-A-Family” program for the holiday season. This program is available to any Cheshire resident having financial difficulties. Applications will be taken by the Town of Cheshire Social Worker. 

Social Work and Crisis Intervention/Support

These services are provided by the Town Social Worker. Social services cases include individuals experiencing financial difficulties, seeking rental or mortgage assistance, facing shutoff notices on utilities, housing issues, legal referrals, food assistance, unemployment and disability. In addition, in conjunction with the Cheshire Police Department, intervention is provided for individuals experiencing a variety of crises including domestic violence, family disputes, juvenile disputes, grief counseling, divorce and custody issues.

Salvation Army—Cheshire Unit

The Salvation Army provides crisis assistance to needy residents. The Social Worker will meet with the
client, make an assessment and
provide assistance depending upon their needs. Vouchers to the
Salvation Army Thrift Store are also available. During the month of December, volunteers assist with the kettle collection.

 

Housing Rehabilitation Program
Town of Cheshire’s Human Services Department has secured a Department of Housing Municipal Housing Rehabilitation Grant. This program
is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified low- and moderate-income residents. Funds for this
program come in the form of 0% interest loans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The focus of the program is on code compliance and safety concerns rather than home remodeling.

Cheshire Senior Center

The Cheshire Senior Center offers numerous opportunities for education, recreation, socialization and volunteering for everyone 55 years of age or older and those whose spouses are 55 years of age or older. The Membership annual fee per person is $5.00 for Cheshire residents and $10.00 for non-Cheshire residents.
240 Maple Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410
203-272-8286
Hours: Mon through Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Stefanie D. Theroux, Coordinator of Senior Services
E-mail: stheroux@cheshirect.org
Kristen Schechter, Senior Services Social Worker
E-mail: kschechter@cheshirect.org
Laura Gravel, Program Supervisor
lgravel@cheshirect.org

Violet Howard, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: vhoward@cheshirect.org

Senior Assistance Programs and Services

Elderly Nutrition Program

A catered daily hot meal is served Tuesday through Friday at noon. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance before 11:30 a.m. by calling 203-272-0047. There is a suggested donation of $3.00 per meal.

 

Social Services

The Senior Services Social Worker visits clients in their homes or at the Senior Center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Social Worker provides information and runs support groups for caregivers as well as providing social, support, investigative and referral
services to our seniors. The Social Worker also oversees the volunteers who visit homebound seniors and works with a crisis worker or the police in situations that require such intervention. Contact Kristen Schechter for more information.

Assistance at Home

Outreach Services: The Cheshire Senior Center offers outreach services to the town’s homebound elderly.
The program is designed to fill some of the gaps in services experienced by homebound and/or isolated elderly individuals. The social worker will assist with financial matters, insurance forms, medical bills and counseling services.

C.H.A.T. (Cheshire Home Safety Awareness Team): Working to improve the safety and quality of life for senior citizens through educational programs is the primary function of C.H.A.T. Programs of general interest are offered free to all Cheshire senior
citizens and are held at the Center.

Non-Curbside Trash Collection

This service is available when all occupants of the residence are 70 years of age or physically disabled. Each resident of the household
must provide:

• Proof of age with a birth certificate
or valid Connecticut driver’s license OR

• Certification from a health care
provider

Applications are available from
the Public Works Department
(203-271-6650). The Director of Public Works must approve each application.

Transportation Services

Eileen Colwell
Transportation Dispatcher
E-mail: ecolwell@cheshirect.org
203-272-0047 

Senior Services offers Elderly and Handicapped Transportation for both in town and out of town for medical appointments, shopping, socialization, cultural events, local restaurants and senior center programs. Arrangements for rides can be made by calling
203-272-0047 at least twenty-four hours in advance. This service is available to residents over the age of 55 or those over 21 years of age who are either temporarily or permanently disabled; all four buses are lift-equipped to handle wheelchairs and individuals that have trouble with steps. Riders make a suggested donation of 50 cents each time you step on the bus for in-town rides and $5.00 round trip donation for out-of-town medical appointments.

Free transportation is also available to seniors and disabled adults every Friday of the month through the Greater Waterbury Transit District Dial-A-Ride. Passengers may go anywhere in Cheshire, Wolcott, Waterbury, Watertown, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Prospect and Thomaston between 9:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Appointments must be made at least three days in advance. This is a great opportunity to go shopping, outto dinner or visit a friend.

Tax Relief Program

This program offers a state subsidy to renters over the age of 65 or who are receiving Social Security Disability that meet guidelines based on their income and rent/utility expenses. Checks are sent by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management to these households to offset any increase in rent due to changes in property taxes that landlords pass on to the renters.

Applications for tax credits for Town of Cheshire homeowners over 65 years of age and those totally disabled are taken at the Assessor’s office in the Cheshire Town Hall between February 1st and the middle of May.

Cheshire Local Elderly Tax Relief Program provides three types of
property tax relief for qualifying
applicants: 

• A tax credit for married couples whose income does not exceed $53,100 and single people whose income does not exceed $49,300.

• A tax deferral of up to 75% of taxes for married couples whose income does not exceed $39,500 and single people whose income does not exceed $32,300. 

• A local elderly tax freeze. The income limits for this program are the same as they are for the deferral program. Applicants must be 70 years old. Further details can be obtained from the Assessor’s office. 203-271-6620. 

Probate Court

84 South Main St.,
203-271-6608
Judge • Matt Jalowiec

 

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