Some Connecticut Residents To Receive A One-Time, Back-To-School, COVID-19 Relief Benefit Of $257.87

By Yuan Chu –

On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont announced that the Connecticut Department of Social Services this weekend will deliver a one-time, back-to-school, COVID-19 relief special benefit of $257.87 per child to more than 15,000 low-income Connecticut households on behalf of 27,000 children.

The Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF), is a special benefit that comes from a $7 million federal grant the Connecticut Department of Social Services received from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Governor Lamont’s office said Friday, “Eligible households include those with children who received benefits through the Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) program during May 2022, or who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as food stamps) benefits and had no countable income during that same month.” 

The PEAF benefits will be automatically sent to eligible households on Sunday, August 21, 2022. The majority of payments will be delivered to the recipients’ electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. Those who currently receive SNAP or TFA benefits in the form of direct deposit will have their PEAF benefits transferred to their bank accounts.)

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