CRT’s 11th Annual Tee Off with Women to benefit the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford was a tremendous success, raising much needed funds for the Center and its work to help women thrive.

The morning of the event, Heidi Voight from NBC Connecticut shared details with their viewers.

To learn more about the Women’s Empowerment Center, please click here.

The Community Renewal Team (CRT) can help homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for up to $8,000 in mortgage payment assistance. CRT’s goal is to help as many households as possible access this valuable mortgage assistance program.

Fox 61 News spoke with Elizabeth Horton Sheff, CRT’s Director of Community Services, about how homeowners can apply for this valuable resource.

For more information, please visit CRT’s Housing Counseling page.

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Nothing stops CRT’s Meals on Wheels delivery team and dedicated volunteers from getting hot, nutritious meals out to the homebound seniors they serve across Central Connecticut – not even a heat wave! As Connecticut entered the third day in a row with temperatures above 90 degrees (F), CRT’s Meals on Wheels program keeps on rolling. In addition to providing meals, these visits provide an important wellness check for the seniors in their homes.

Rachel Piscitelli and Fox 61 followed Wade Lay, CRT’s Transportation Manager, on his route to see the program in action.

For more information, please visit the Meals on Wheels page.

The Community Renewal Team (CRT) is alerting area homeowners affected by #COVID19 that they may be eligible for up to $8,000 in mortgage payment assistance through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Cares Act Emergency Resource Fund. These relief payments represent a combination of two months short-term mortgage payment assistance; and up to two months for mortgage arrearages, for a total of four months’ worth of possible mortgage payments for qualified individuals.

Mark Zinni at WFSB News 3 shared the details with their viewers:

Additional information about this mortgage payment assistance program is available in the Hartford Courant.

To get help with this valuable program, please visit the Housing Counseling page.

To help combat childhood hunger during the summer months when school is out of session, the Community Renewal Team (CRT) is proud to participate in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) once again this summer.

CRT will deliver hundreds of meals for children each weekday to the 14 locations in the Greater Hartford area. In total, CRT will deliver more than 35,000 meals for kids this summer.

NBC Connecticut shares the details with their viewers:

Under the SFSP, nutritious meals (including Breakfast and/or Lunch, and even Supper), will be provided free of charge to children 18 years of age and under at 14 locations in Hartford, East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, and Wolcott. (Additional sites in Manchester, Enfield, and Windsor Locks are “closed” locations that require registration to participate.)

Many of these summer food sites for children begin on June 21, and most will continue until mid- to late August to help ensure that children are receiving nutritious meals while school is out for the summer.

For more information, please visit the Summer Food page.

Happening today! Community Renewal Team (CRT) is hosting a FREE Community Resource Fair on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm outside their main offices at 555 Windsor St., Hartford. Roger Susanin from WFSB News 3 shares the details:

Services include:

  • Free walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic with Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Rental Assistance services with UniteCT
  • Sign up for health insurance with Access Health CT
  • Free Food Distribution from The Salvation Army

You can also meet with representatives from many of CRT’s programs that day, including: Behavioral Health Services, Community Services (incl. Basic Needs, Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counseling, Case Management, and more), Elderly Nutrition/Meals on Wheels, Early Care and Education, Energy Assistance and Weatherization, SNAP outreach and more.

Plus, there will be a FREE ice cream truck from noon to 2:00 pm!

Social-distancing rules will be in effect – please wear a mask!


In CRT’s monthly newsletter for May, we feature the upcoming Community Resource Fair that will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 outside of CRT’s main offices located at 555 Windsor St., Hartford.

We also highlight a recent visit from members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation to CRT’s offices where they touted the importance of passing the American Families Plan.

Read the May 2021 newsletter now.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, CRT welcomed both Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal, as well as U.S. Representative John Larson and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to CRT’s headquarters in Hartford to discuss the importance of passing the ambitious American Families Plan proposed by President Joe Biden.

The work that CRT does every day is exactly what the American Families Plan is designed to accomplish: helping individuals AND families access resources that will help end the cycle of poverty.

Last year, CRT served 20,981 households and over 44,000 individuals throughout Central Connecticut.

  • 79% of the households served by CRT’s programs and services are between Zero and 200% of the federal poverty limit.
  • 27% of those households we serve are single parent households.
  • 33% are employed either full or part time, while 45% are unemployed.

Under the American Families Plan there are tremendous opportunities that would be passed along to the families that CRT serves, such as:

  • Providing four additional years of free education by providing Universal Pre-K schooling to ALL three- and four-year-olds;
  • Ensuring childcare is affordable to all low- and middle-income families;
  • Increasing funding for nutrition assistance and healthy school meals;
  • Extending tax cuts for families with children and American workers, and expansion of the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for six-years old and above, and $3,600 per child for children under six.

That last item is tremendous. Can you imagine how this would benefit parents? Families would receive regular payments that allow them to cover household expenses as they arise.

CRT thanks our Senators and Congressman for their hard work protecting families here in our state, and across the country.

Pictured above (left to right): U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, CRT’s CEO Lena Rodriguez and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

CRT hosted its first “Congregate Friendly Feud” on May 5, 2021, with a team of five from the Enfield Senior Center (Mark Twain) competing against a team from South Windsor. It was a close contest, but in the end Enfield prevailed, beating South Windsor by just 70 points!

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seniors that CRT serves in the Greater Hartford area through its Nutrition Department could gather at a congregate meal site (aka Community Cafe) – such as their local Senior Center – to partake of a hot, nutritious meal and to socialize with one another. While CRT has been able to provide nutritious “Grab-and-Go” meals to the seniors we serve during the course of this past year, COVID-19 has prevented them from receiving an extremely valuable component of our program: socialization in a group setting. This game was one of the first such opportunities in about a year.

This first event was a spirited competition, and CRT looks forward to hosting more of these games for seniors in our communities in the coming months.

All of the seniors involved had a wonderful time, and Scot Haney from WFSB News 3 was an incredible host – everyone loved having him with us!

CRT thanks the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Program for the grant to make these events possible.

On April 29, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and CT Treasurer Shawn Wooden hosted an online roundtable discussion about financial literacy and tips to truly empower your financial future. They were joined by CT Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez, and CRT’s Director of Community Services, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, who oversees the agency’s annual Financial Literacy Institute.

You can watch a replay of this free event here:

The next week (May 4, 2021), the program “Where We Live” on Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) did a special show focusing on teaching financial literacy, and Ms. Horton Sheff shared her insights during the program. You can hear the full broadcast online.

For more information about how CRT can help you to take control of your own financial future, click here.