News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends,

Over the past few weeks I have been traveling around the First District seeing the American Rescue Plan at work. The American Rescue Plan, which I proudly voted for, put shots in people’s arms, helped get kids back into schools, and assisted  those most affected by COVID. It is one of most significant pieces of legislation to pass since the New Deal and it is already helping millions of Americans.   

I saw first hand the impact of the American Rescue Plan when I visited the Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) Community Resource Fair. ImageRepresentatives from UniteCT and Access Health CT, and other community organizations were present at the fair to help citizens in need. The 2020 COVID relief packages, as well as the American Rescue Plan, funded UniteCT which provides rental assistance up to $10,000 and $1,500 for utility payments for eligible individuals. To learn more click here

The American Rescue Plan also means more access to affordable healthcare coverage in Connecticut.  To see if you qualify for a plan that costs nearly $0/month, visit AccessHealthCT.com, to live chat or find an event near you. The Special Enrollment Period is from May 1 – August 15, 2021. 

I also visited Manchester and met with Mayor Jay Moran and Town Manager Scott Shanley. Manchester was allocated $13.8 million in direct fiscal aid and $15.5 million in education funding. Manchester will be using $300,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to address human services needs in Manchester, including: 

  • $150,000 rental assistance program for first and last rental payments for qualified residents; 
  • funding for a new social worker to work in conjunction with Manchester Police Department; 
  • additional hours for part time social workers in Senior Adult & Family Services; 
  • additional Community Services funding in the Human Services Administration division; 
  • an increase to the subsidy provided to Manchester Area Conference of Churches for homelessness outreach. 

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During my visit, I toured the Manchester Area Conference of Churches facility, which offers a community kitchen, food pantry, thrift store, and other services for residents in need. 

On June 2nd, I visited Portland and met with First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield and other local leaders to discuss how they plan to use American Rescue Plan funding and how we can further help them upgrade their water and sewer needs. 

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Additionally, last Wednesday, I met with business owners on Park Street with the Spanish American Merchants Association and Connecticut Small Business Administration. During our visit, we stopped at El Mercado and Sol de Borinquen Bakery and talked with the owners and vendors about how the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund helped their businesses during the pandemic. I am proud we were able to deliver this much needed relief and will continue working to ensure our small business community recovers. 

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I will continue to meet with members of our community to ensure people have the support they need as we work to recover from this pandemic. If you need any assistance, please contact my office by sending me an email here or calling 860-278-8888. 

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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