Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

The following information is an extract from  Governor Lamont’s press release 11/13/20 – Link HERE. The translation has been done by GNHCC in order to reach hispanic community that may be eligible to these benefits.

Connecticut individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue receiving additional benefits through November, state officials said last week. The additional benefits impact the approximately 110,000 households who would not otherwise qualify for the maximum benefits allowed for their household size.

Those already enrolled in SNAP will see the additional benefits loaded onto their EBT cards on November 19, as a separate payment from the normal SNAP benefits they received earlier in the month. Those eligible but not enrolled may apply by the end of the month to receive both normal and additional benefits. Most households are eligible if they meet the income limits below.

CT SNAP benefits

To confirm your eligibility for SNAP based on income, follow this link: https://connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp

Emergency benefits allowed the household’s SNAP benefit to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

CT SNAP benefits

For each additional person, add $153. For example, if a household of two normally received $274 of SNAP benefits in November, $100 would bring this household up to the maximum benefit for its size. This household will receive a $100 emergency benefit on November 19.

For additional information about SNAP, visit www.ct.gov/snap.

Los individuos y familias de Connecticut que son elegibles para el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP) continuarán recibiendo beneficios adicionales hasta noviembre, dijeron funcionarios estatales la semana pasada. Los beneficios adicionales afectan a los aproximadamente 110.000 hogares que de otra manera no calificarían para los beneficios máximos permitidos para el tamaño de su hogar.

Los que ya están inscritos en el SNAP verán los beneficios adicionales cargados en sus tarjetas EBT el 19 de noviembre, como un pago separado de los beneficios normales del SNAP que recibieron a principios de mes. Los que reúnan los requisitos pero no estén inscritos podrán solicitar antes de fin de mes que se les asignen tanto los beneficios normales como los adicionales. La mayoría de los hogares son elegibles si cumplen con los límites de ingresos que se indican a continuación.

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Para confirmar su elegibilidad para el programa de cupones para alimentos en base a sus ingresos, siga este enlace: https://connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp

Las prestaciones de emergencia permitieron que la ayuda económica de SNAP por hogar/familia llegue a hogares con más miembros, de la siguiente manera:

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Por cada persona adicional, añada 153 dólares. Por ejemplo, si un hogar de dos personas normalmente recibe 274 dólares de beneficios de SNAP en noviembre, 100 dólares llevarían a este hogar al beneficio máximo por su tamaño. Este hogar recibirá un beneficio de emergencia de $100 el 19 de noviembre.

Para obtener información adicional sobre el SNAP, visite www.ct.gov/snap.

Winter Outdoor Dining for Tents

Winter Outdoor Dining for Tents

The City of Norwalk has released the process and regulations regarding tent permits for outdoor dining in the winter months. All permits will be expedited and processed virtually via one-on-one Zoom meetings with relative departments needed for approval. This will be a one-time meeting to help expedite approvals scheduled at your convenience.

The updated guidance document can be found here and also is on the City’s COVID-19 Business Resources Page.

You will need four components to be submitted for your permit:

  • a Tent Proposal Plan,
  • an Evacuation Plan (as needed),
  • an ADA Accessibility Site Plan (can be hand-drawn), and
  • a Seating Plan (can be hand-drawn).

Information on what should be included in these plans is within the guidance document. All permits will be active for 365 days. The Mayor has authorized that tents will be allowed until March 2022. Once your permit expires you will have to resubmit your documentation for additional approval.

For more information contact Sabrina Church (Director of Business Development & Tourism)
at City Of Norwalk: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856
Cell: (203) 939-2202

La ciudad de Norwalk ha dado a conocer el proceso y las normas relativas a los permisos de las carpas para comer al aire libre en los meses de invierno. Todos los permisos serán expedidos y procesados virtualmente a través de reuniones individuales de Zoom con los departamentos correspondientes necesarios para su aprobación. Esta será una reunión única para ayudar a agilizar las aprobaciones programadas a su conveniencia.

El documento de orientación actualizado se puede encontrar aquí y también está en la página de recursos de negocios de la ciudad COVID-19.

Necesitará cuatro componentes para ser presentado para su permiso:

  • un Plano de Propuesta de Carpa,
  • un Plano de Evacuación (según sea necesario),
  • un Plano de Sitio de Accesibilidad de la ADA (puede ser dibujado a mano), y
  • un Plano de Asientos (puede ser dibujado a mano).

En el documento de orientación se incluye información sobre lo que debería incluirse en estos planes. Todos los permisos estarán activos durante 365 días. El alcalde ha autorizado que las tiendas de campaña sean permitidas hasta marzo de 2022. Una vez que su permiso expire tendrá que volver a presentar su documentación para una aprobación adicional.

Para más información contacte a  Sabrina Church (Director of Business Development & Tourism)
en City Of Norwalk: 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856
Cell: (203) 939-2202

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

COVID-19 Guidelines Updates for Restaurants

Reopen Connecticut Safer, Stronger, Together

Restaurants in Connecticut are subjected to the Phase 2 reopening rules (started on June 17th). Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has released an update on 9/23 (downloadable HERE). This applies for outdoor & indoor restaurants (no bar areas).

General Considerations from the CDC

CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

NOTE: CDC’s considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
  • More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Learn More about CDC’s Considerations HERE

Sources for this artice:
Sector Rules and Certification for Reopen – CT.gov
Considerations for Restaurants and Bars – CDC.gov

Chamber Hosts Rilling for Mayor Fundraiser

Chamber Hosts Rilling for Mayor Fundraiser

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, we showed our support for then candidate and now Mayor Harry Rilling, by partnering with his campaign committee on a lunch fundraiser and meet n’ greet with Chamber members, friends, and family. Thank you to Chamber member Capri’s Cuisine for catering, Board President Mariella Castagnet for hosting, and Hector Pachas for photography.

Why Rilling for Mayor?

Under Rilling’s three terms of leadership, Norwalk has moved into the future with a particularly robust Downtown economy, including the art, restaurant, and retail sectors; and Urban Core neighborhoods in the midst of transformative redevelopment initiatives. He has helped us welcome several new Latino and Hispanic-owned businesses, cutting the ribbon for Chamber members Rene Soto Gallery, Avenida Venezuelan Food, and La Calle Arepas Bar. Rilling has also received the endorsement of other business and labor groups including: Connecticut AFL-CIO Western Connecticut Area Labor Federation, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Norwalk Police Union, and Norwalk Firefighters Union.

Vargas Strategic Management presents The Power Academy

Vargas Strategic Management presents The Power Academy

Thank you Robert Vargas and Zayed Rodriguez of Vargas Strategic Management for presenting The Power Academy to our members. Topics included business structure, financial planning, operations, and marketing, framed for a general audience. Each workshop was fun, not intimidating at all, while remaining highly beneficial to experienced learners. Their objective is to get audience members into a success mindset, visualizing success as concrete goals that can be realistically achieved with a strategic plan.

Find out how to bring The Power Academy to your organization HERE. 

VSM also offers a personalized coaching program for individuals and leadership teams.

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  1. Fill out a quick questionnaire
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  3. Attend the consultation and receive a free personalized strategic plan
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That’s right – you can receive a personalized strategic plan from a top business consulting firm, under no obligation to sign onto their program. We highly recommend that you do, but either way, don’t miss this high value promotion!

Take the questionnaire. 

Curso de Real Estate en Español!

Curso de Real Estate en Español!

Curso de Principios y Prácticas para Vendedores de Bienes Raíces (Real Estate) en Español

La Universidad de Bienes Raíces en Norwalk ha ayudado a miles de personas a obtener su licencia. Hoy en día es la escuela más recomendada de todo el estado de Connecticut y la única que ofrece clases en Español.

El curso obligatorio para la licencia de vendedor asociado tiene una duración de 60 horas. El programa del curso desarrolla la ley de bienes raíces de Connecticut, los principios y prácticas en la profesión de bienes raíces y la matemática aplicadas a los bienes raíces.

La culminación exitosa de este curso le permite al candidato calificar para tomar el examen del estado de Connecticut y sería en Inglés pero este curso te ayudará a entender su terminología!

Para más información, comuníquese con Mariella Castagnet al 203-919-1154 en español o visite nuestra página web AQUÍ

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CLASES SOLO EN NORWALK: 101 Merritt 7, Suite 300 – La matrícula es $455 + libros (2) $60

Las clases son Lunes y Miercoles de 6pm -10pm en la oficina de Norwalk localizada en 101 Merritt 7, Suite 300 Los estudiantes deben completar las clases y la prueba dentro de un año para tomar el examen estatal.

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