Darien nonprofit to receive $500K in state budget
On Thursday morning, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, who represents Norwalk and Darien, announced that, as per House Bill 7424, Person-to-Person will be receiving $250,000 this year in the state budget, and $250,000 next year as well, through the Department of Social Services Community Services line item.
“I’m very, very excited about this funding opportunity for Person-to- Person because they help so many people,” Duff said, standing outside of Person-to-Person, a community-supported agency providing food, clothing and financial assistance to families in need in Lower Fairfield County.
“We do see the needs that are growing, not only in Norwalk and Stamford but in Darien and other communities as well, and that money will be put to very good use,” Duff said.
He added that Person-to-Person is “one of our best nonprofits around. They utilize money that they receive very well. A very small portion goes toward administration and we know especially, with the growing need, that this funding will be critical for families to meet their needs in order to be able to survive and live in Fairfield County.”
Duff thanked Person-to-Person Executive Director Ceci Maher, who is retiring this month.
Maher said the grant will help people “who are really struggling” to make ends meet in Fairfield County, which has “one of the highest rent costs in the country.”
“The average income of a family of four is about $28,000, so this money will go to provide utility assistance and rental assistance and secure housing," she said. "We really appreciate the work that was done to make sure that we have this funding for the next two years. It truly is a game changer in helping our clients.”
State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-Norwalk/New Canaan) said she is “very proud” to support P2P.
“I started my support of Person-to-Person before I was in the legislature by doing doing donations of food and other aspects of things that people need,” she said. “This grant is really is going to families who need it in our area, and we want people who work in our area to live in our area, and grants like this really will help.”
State Sen. Will Haskell (D-Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton, and parts of Weston, Westport, and New Canaan), said one of the very first things he did after being elected, was visiting Person-to-Person in Norwalk and “seeing firsthand the impact they have on families as they shopped for food, as they sat down with case workers, as they walked through various tuition assistance options — left a real impact on me.”