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.”