Association for Human Services improves opportunity and prosperity for
Connecticut’s children and families by shaping policies and programs that
significantly and measurably reduce poverty and promote a secure future. We are inspired by a belief in shared
prosperity and the vision of a Connecticut where all children and families
thrive and, regardless of income level, contribute to and share in
Founded in 1910, CAHS is a nonprofit organization committed to ending poverty in Connecticut. In order to achieve our mission, CAHS works hand-in-hand with advocates, service providers, private citizens, businesses, labor, policymakers, and government agencies. CAHS has taken the lead statewide in promoting family economic security policies and strategies that empower low-income working families to achieve financial stability, including improved access to basic needs, development of a system of quality early care and education, and effective investments in post-secondary education and job training. Through our efforts, we are able to assist providers and community leaders in linking lower-income residents to existing support programs and services.
CAHS was founded in 1910 as a volunteer organization that held annual conferences to discuss philosophies and innovations in the field of social work. Our vision over the past century has remained steadfast: a Connecticut where all children and families thrive, regardless of income, and contribute to and share in the state’s growth. CAHS is helping to build a Connecticut where low-income residents work with government, business, labor and faith leaders in developing policies and programs that ensure the state’s prosperity, as well as their own.
CAHS promotes economic security strategies that empower low-income working families to achieve financial independence. CAHS works to reduce poverty and build family economic success (FES) through outreach, education, and policy work. We inform service providers and others to advocate for policy and practice changes that move low- to moderate-income (LMI) families toward prosperity. Most efforts are directed at families under 130 percent of the federal poverty level and all at families under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.CAHS champions important issues by:
At CAHS, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
State and federal policy advocacy: CAHS has a significant presence and impact in advocacy roles, at both the state and federal levels, as leaders of the Family Economic Success (FES) Network. In 2012, CAHS led the statewide coalition advocating for the adoption of the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). CAHS produces and disseminates policy briefs and reports regarding policies impacting family economic success, including early care and education, access to higher education, and access to benefits, among others. CAHS has found success in the passage of the statewide two-generation initiative. To support CAHS’ program and policy work, KIDS COUNT and the Working Poor Families Project produce data and policy briefs on topics such as developmental education.
Volunteers are needed throughout the state and are trained and supported throughout their work:
For more information about these needs, or if you would like to partner with CAHS, please call our office at 860-951-2212.
The Connecticut Money School (CMS) provides free financial education for adults and seniors We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become financially independent. We ensure that students receive a high standard of financial education that will help them work towards a prosperous future.
Since 2004 CAHS has organized coalitions of VITA sites across the state. VITA programs provide alternatives to paid and predatory tax preparation in low-income communities. According to IRS data, in 2003 nearly 57% of Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) recipients were also recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A RAL is a short-term high-interest loan offered by some commercial tax preparers that allow people to borrow the amount of their refund before they receive it. In 2003, the IRS estimated that EITC recipients nationally paid $740 million dollars in application, administrative, and loan fees. In addition to paying high fees for tax preparation, the IRS estimates that 20% of those eligible for the EITC do not take advantage of it, leaving millions of dollars in unclaimed credits each year. VITA sites ensure that residents have access to a free tax service that will screen for refunds and tax credits, without offering high interest loans or administrative fees. This service keeps refunds and credits in the hands of low and moderate-income families, and in their communities.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
A strong community not only meets its members’ basic needs but also works to create long-term solutions to their problems. Provide people with affordable housing, enough to eat and access to affordable health care and you enable them to envision a better future for themselves.
70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06150
(203) 777-2386 giveGreater@cfgnh.org
© 2015 The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. All Rights Reserved. Contact | Terms & Conditions | Privacy