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Youth and Social Services

Melissa McDonough, Director

Hours and Locations

Youth and Social Services office hours at the Ashford Town Office Building are Monday’s and Tuesdays from 9 A. M. until 3 P. M.

Office hours at Ashford School will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 A. M. until 3P.M.

  • Appointments may also be scheduled as needed.

Contact Youth and Social Services

  • 860-487-4417 Town Office Building

Download Documents, Forms and Applications

Housing Voucher Program Pre-Application Information

Rental Assistance
Covid-19 rental assistance is available through the state

Unite CT

Broadband Benefit
The state is offering assistance paying for Broadband internet-click link for more information
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Youth & Social Services Upcoming Programs and Events


Need Help with Diapers?

Diaper Bank information (pdf)

The IHSP-Diaper Bank of NECT is accepting applications for families residing in the towns of Ashford, Eastford, and Chaplin. Diapers available for pick-up in Ashford. Anyone receiving WIC, SNAP, or Husky qualifies automatically. Call or email Melissa for one page application.

Ashford School Readiness Council Playgroup

Readiness Council Playgroup information 2018  (pdf)

This is a playgroup for children ages 4 and under and their parents! Begins on Friday, September 7th at Ashford School, 9:00-10:00 A.M. Join us for free play, crafts, parent discussion, and support!

Contact Melissa McDonough or Ginger Lusa for more information at 860-429-6419.

EASTCONN Early Head Start

Early Head Start


Farmers Market Voucher application 2023

Vouchers for the Ashford Farmers Market on Sunday Mornings are available for residents in need of food help.  Vouchers can be used from June 1st through the end of the 2023 market season.  Income guidelines:

Food Program Application 2023

Food Program Application 2021

In addition to the grant funded Food Program, a food pantry is available at the Living Proof Church, 34 Pompey Hollow Rd.
The pantry is open from 7 A.M. – 9 A.M. on the following dates in 2023:

  • January 27th
  • February 24th
  • March 24h
  • April 28th
  • May 26th
  • June 23rd
  • July 28th
  • August 25th
  • September 29th
  • October 27th
  • November 17th
  • December 22nd

Renters Rebate

Are you over 65?
Are you Disabled?
Are you a Renter?
Did you earn less than $49,100 if married or $40,300 if single?

Then you may qualify for a Renters Rebate from OPM

Required Documentation (all for calendar year 2022)
Proof of Income Including:

  • Social Security income (form SSA 1099) & SSI if applicable
  • Copy of 2022 Federal Income Tax Return, if filed
  • 1099 forms for pension, dividends, interest, stocks & bonds, etc.
  • W-2’s from employment
  • Veterans Disability or Railroad Retirement

Proof of Expenses Including:

  • Rent receipts for 2020 (all 12 months)
  • Utility bills paid in 2020 (heat, gas, electric only)

Home Heating Assistance

Help may be available to assist in home heating bills this winter.
Family size of 1 $39,761 Family size of 4 $76,465
Family size of 2 $51,996 Family size of 5 $88,699
Family size of 3 $64,230 Family size of 6 $100,933


Required Documentation

  • Proof of previous 4 weeks income (including child support, unemployment, family support)
  • Social Security #’s for all household members
  • Most recent Eversource bill
  • Proof of rent or mortgage
  • Proof of SNAP benefit (food stamps)

The CT Energy Assistance Program is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of CT’s lower income households. Heating assistance is available for all forms of heat including oil, electricity, propane, kerosene, wood, and gas.

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