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CHAP / Community Housing Assistance Program

Youth leaving foster care get help making the transition to independent living

This program helps youth aging out of Connecticut's foster care system as they move out on their own. CHAP offers help locating an apartment and rent is paid by DCF, handling money successfully, finding work and living independently. Case management services are available for a year. 

To Apply
Referrals are only accepted from the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF).

A DCF referral packet is required. High school graduates 18–21 years old from Hartford, New Britain Bristol and Middlesex counties are eligible. Youth must be attending an educational program (certificate, technical school, two- or four-year college). Youth must be attending a full-time educational program (CHAP) or working a total of 40 hours per week (CHEER).

For more information
Address: 35 Clark Street, Hartford
Telephone: (860) 895-6634
(860) 462-8500
Fax: (860) 895 6604
[email protected]
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm

Funding provided by 

Additional Details
Case management; life skills; independent living supervision; educational support; housing assistance – locating and paying for apartment.

Updated March 2016  


Kareen White
“CHAP activities give me the tools to figure out some of my own answers. When I wake up every day, I know where I’m heading thanks to the CHAP’s program. A lot of my friends can’t say that.”