Programs

    UniteCT- Do You Need Help Paying Rent due to COVID-19?

    UniteCT is an emergency rental assistance for Connecticut’s
    economy. Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19? Are you
    struggling to pay your rent and utilities? Apply for UniteCT, a rental
    assistance program supporting CT residents who earn up to 80% of the HUD
    Area Median Income and their landlords. You may qualify for the
    opportunity to receive…..Missed electric outstanding payments, Missed
    rent or future rent payments. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit:
    www.bit.ly/UniteCT or for additional information, call 1-844-864-8328.

    Office of the Attorney General-Connecticut:

    Attorney General William Tong and Department of Consumer Protection
    Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull are asking Connecticut consumers to be wary
    of companies selling potentially faulty and unregulated over-the-counter-hearing
    aids.
    Connecticut law has long required that hearing aids may only be sold by
    licensed audiologists or hearing instrument specialists. In 2017, the Food and
    Drug Administration relaxed regulations on the sales of hearing aids and
    companies began developing hearing devices that could be sold over the counter,
    without consulting a medical professional. Medically approved hearing aids are
    expensive, often costing several thousand dollars for a single earpiece.
    The FDA has yet to approve any over-the-counter hearing aids for sale to
    consumers. Yet some hearing devices have been marketed as a FDA “registered”
    or “cleared” solution for mild to moderate hearing loss as a more affordable price.
    While some might word as advertised, others may be faulty or completely
    inadequate for treating hearing loss.
    “Although an over-the-counter medical device might be less expensive, it
    doesn’t mean it will be effective,” Attorney General Tong said. “If you are looking
    into such hearing devices, please do your homework to make sure the device
    actually works and fits your specific needs before spending money on a product
    that might be worthless.”
    “Just like any purchase, make sure to read the fine print closely,” said DCP
    Commissioner Michele H. Seagull. “Shop around, do your research, read reviews,
    consult with a medical professional, and be sure you know the return policy.
    These are all steps that can help prevent you from wasting money on a device
    that doesn’t work as advertised.

    Here are some tips to remember if you are shopping for hearing aids:

    *The FDA has not approved any over-the-counter hearing devices. Over-the-
    counter, direct-to-consumer, hearing aids are not regulated and because of this,

    may work poorly or not at all and could be harmful.
    * Research the seller with the Better Business Bureau to see if they have a
    good rating before you purchase the product.
    * Be skeptical of online reviews and endorsements.
    * Read the purchase policy carefully. Can you get a refund if they don’t
    work? How long do you have to make a return if necessary?
    * If you can, get a health screening and discuss your options with a medical
    professional. They will be able to tell you exactly what kind of hearing device
    would work for you and make recommendations.
    * Always remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
    If you believe you have been the victim of a scam or have been contacted
    by a scammer, contact the Office of the Attorney General at 860-808-5318 or
    attorney.general@ct.gov.

    Friday, June 4 from 10 to 11am- Pop-Up drive-Thru Food Pantry

    The Town of Preston is sponsoring a Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Pantry on
    Friday,  June 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    The program is sponsored by United Community & Family Services, Gemma
    Moran Labor Food Bank, United Way, Charter Oak Bank, Eastern Bank, Norwich
    Public Utilities and several other banking institutions. Their efforts make it
    possible for us to lend a helping hand to our community.

    Thanks also to the volunteers who do traffic control, pack groceries, deliver
    food to the vehicles and make every single participant feel welcome!

    Other Locations are:

    • June 9, 2021 at the Norwich Health Center, 47 Town Street, Norwich
      from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      • June 16, 2021 at St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, 69 Groton Long
      Point Road, Groton from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      • June 23, 2021 at Plainfield Health Center, 120-122 Plainfield Road,
      Moosup from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
      • June 30, 2021 at Norwich Health Center, 47 Town Street, Norwich from
      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Mondays- Chair Yoga through Zoom

    Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

    A complete yoga practice using the support of a chair. Breathing techniques, yoga philosophy, meditation and deep relaxation are woven into each class. In this fun and informative class, students will take home tools for mindfulness and relaxation as well as movements for energizing and stretching the body. Chair yoga classes are targeted for ages 60+ but classes are open to all adults and abilities. Dates February 22 – March 29, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Location: Online via Zoom. Fee: $38.00 for session (6 weeks). Contact Preston Park & Recreation at 860-887-5581 ext. 117 to register for the program.

    Renter’s Rebate of Elderly and Totally Disabled Program 2021

    May 2021- Reminder

    As a reminder for individuals applying for the Renters Rebate and Totally Disabled Program, the income limits for unmarried individuals are $37,600 and $45,800.00 for a married couple. To schedule an appointment, please telephone the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6. At this time, we are expanding the intake site to Lincoln Park Housing. COVID-19 precautions
    continue to be implemented including social distancing and the need of facial covering. Questions may be directed to 860-887-5581 extension 6.

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    The Renter’s Rebate Program includes the following requirements for participation:
    1. The claimant must have resided in Connecticut for a one-year period of time prior to filling an application.
    2. Claimant, or spouse, if domiciled together, must have been 65 years of age by the end of the calendar year preceding the filing period; or be 50 years of age or older and the surviving spouse of a  renter, who at the time of his/her death, had qualified and was entitled to tax relief. Persons under 65 years of age who are receiving Social Security or disability benefits deemed comparable by the Secretary of OPM are also eligible (applications filed under the disability provision must be accompanied by current proof of disability.
    3. Qualifying income is considered wages, bonuses, commissions, gratuities and fees; self-employment net income; gross Social Security benefits, Federal Supplemental Security income, dividends, interest, annuities; IRA distributions, Black Lung payments; Green Thumb payments; interest resulting from gifts received; Lottery winnings; net rental income, pensions, Railroad Retirement; severance pay, Unemployment Compensation, Workers Compensation, Alimony, etc.
    4. The qualifying income guidelines for the calendar year 2020 must not exceed $45,800.00 for a married couple and $37, 600.00 for unmarried individuals.
    5. The applicant must provide proof of rent and utilities payments during the 2020 calendar year.
    Individuals interested in making application for the Renters Rebate of Elderly and Totally Disabled Programs are requested to contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6. The  application filing period is April 1st through October 1st.

    The COVID-19 restrictions continue to remain in place. Possibly in the near future, face-to-face appointments will again be offered. Until there is an official lifting of those restrictions, I ask that  those individuals interested in applying for the Renters Rebate program contact the office, make arrangement to drop off your documents in the Blue Drop Box in the front of the Preston Town Hall, 389 Route 2 (include your name and telephone number on the items) and I will contact you by phone to finalize your application.