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Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice


Downtown Library Closed Until Further Notice

Hartford Public Library is continuing to assess extensive water damage that occurred at its Downtown Library at 500 Main St. after a pipe burst over the Christmas weekend. At this time there is no estimate for how long the Downtown Library will be closed, or if the building can be reopened in portions. It is expected that many areas will be closed for an extended period of time. More information will be provided in the coming days and weeks when a full assessment has been completed. All programs, classes and events at the Downtown Library are currently postponed until further notice. ... Read More

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SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health National Helpline

Confidential free help to find mental health and substance use treatment and information. English, Spanish

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 - press 1
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If you need help right away, or don't know where to start, United Way 2-1-1 is a free health and human service information 
and referral helpline. 
Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One call connects you with the appropriate resources you need in your community.
Dial: 2-1-1  or 1-800-203-1234
TTY: 1-800-671-0737


Another great tool is - Search by zip code to find food assistance, help paying bills, 
and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.



Now Available - 2023 Fall/Winter Resident Guide

Booklet currently available online or in person from Office of Community Engagement.  
English Booklet  Spanish Booklet

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Hartford Flood Compensation

Hartford Flood Compensation Program


On August 10, 2023, Comptroller Sean Scanlon announced that the application for this program which went live on September 1, 2023.

Established through the adoption of the Governor’s 2024-2025 biennium budget, this $5,000,000 pilot program will be overseen by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), administered by Dr. Gary Rhule, and charged with providing financial assistance or reimbursement to eligible owners of real property in the city of Hartford who experienced damage caused by flooding on or after January 1, 2021.

In order to obtain reimbursement, property owners who believe they are eligible must:

  1. Visit or Blue Hills Civic Association (Temporary address at the Colin Bennett Building: 1229 Albany Avenue, Third Floor, Suite 306, Hartford, CT) to obtain an application.
  2. Submit a completed application and supporting documentation to, Blue Hills Civic Association, or OSC (Attention: Office of the State Comptroller/Hartford Flood Compensation Program, 165 Capitol Ave., Hartford 06106).
  3. Await claim review by the program administrator.
  4. If notified by the grant administrator they are eligible for potential reimbursement, arrange a home inspection via an approved DCP-licensed inspector or an MDC-provided inspector.
  5. Await inspection report review by the program administrator.
  6. Approved applicants will have payments sent to the applicant’s residential address listed on the application.

Applications are now being accepted. There is no deadline for submission, but it is a first come, first served program until funds are depleted. Applicants wishing to appeal any decision will have 30 days to do so via a third-party appeals administrator.

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Hartford Public Library 

Central Branch:  500 Main Street. Hartford, CT 06103 
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