Social Services

SERVICES OFFERED BY SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

The Newtown Housing Rehabilitation Program is administered by the Social Services Department. The Director provides oversight for the Small Cities Community  Development Block Grant Program. All questions that pertain to community development programs should be directed to Ann LoBosco, 203-270-4330.

BACKPACKS

Work with Newtown Junior Women’s Club, Inc. to supply backpacks with school supplies for our low-income families each August.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE

Provision of assistance to eligible households for their primary source of heat.

FOOD PANTRY

Food pantry is available to low-income families living in Newtown. All items are donated and collected through various food drives. Items always needed: soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, tomato products, cleaning supplies, personal products, dog/cat food, cereal, peanut butter/jelly, school snacks, juice boxes.

HOLIDAY BASKETS

Work with different organizations including The Newtown Fund and Women Involved in Newtown to provide Thanksgiving and Holiday Baskets to needy families and individuals living in Newtown.

HOMEFRONT

Provides quality of life repairs for homeowners with significant financial limitations.

HOUSING

Assist the elderly and disabled in filling out housing applications. Recertification is required on a yearly basis. Documentation needed to apply: All income for the current year including stocks, CDs, interest; six months of bank statements.

HUSKY/MEDICAID/ACCESS HEALTH

Assist families and individuals in need of health insurance with the application process.

MEDICARE (Supplemental, Part D for prescriptions, Medicare Savings Program)

Determine various plans available to individuals on Medicare.

MEDICARE SAVINGS PLAN

For qualified individuals, an application must be completed each year. Program pays for Medicare Part B premium ($104.90). Also, qualifies applicant for Extra Help which pays for the Part D premium and cost of prescriptions is between $2.55 and $6.35.

NEWTOWN FUND

Work in conjunction with Newtown Fund to assist families and individuals with bills (rent, fuel assistance, utility bills, etc.).

NEWTOWN YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

Provide counseling sessions for income eligible individuals with no health insurance.

OPERATION FUEL

Program provides assistance for a household’s primary space heating energy needs, and assistance for a household’s secondary energy needs.

PART D – MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN

RENTER’S REBATE

Program available to the elderly and totally disabled individuals.

SALVATION ARMY

Work with Salvation Army to collect funds through private donations, bell ringing and mail appeal. The Newtown Salvation Army Service Unit retains 90% of all funds collected which are used to assist qualified residents with utility bills, medical/dental, rent, car repair, eye glasses, etc.

SENIOR TAX CREDIT

Available to homeowners who are 65 years or older and have met certain income requirements.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Assist newly retired individuals with enrolling in Medicare programs, and help disabled people with applications needed for State and Federal assistance.

SWEETHART BUS

Transportation service for seniors and persons with disabilities.

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

Work with the Parks & Recreation Department to solicit donations to help low income families with summer camp.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Ann LoBosco Director of Social Services (203) 270-4330