Local Aid During COVID-19

State and philanthropic funds of up to $3.5m have been promised to help undocumented individuals in Connecticut.  Governor Ned Lamont recently announced that he is working with the Department of Housing which will be giving landlords $2.5m to cover the loss of rent of undocumented tenants who have not been able to pay due to job losses, etc. 

Additionally, charity organization 4-CT.org will be giving $1m to specifically-screened families. Given that Connecticut has approximately 120,000 undocumented immigrants, this amount is not so large and has been described by critics as “a good start.”

In other news, Lamont said he will not be following Trump’s call to use the country’s military brace to crack-down on demonstrations with police brutality.  He suggested an alternate plan for President Donald Trump to examine states individually where he will see that Connecticut has not had such altercations in their protests.  He said:

“There’s a lot of ideas that pop up, and I’m not going to overreact to any one of them. I think we are handling the situation here in Connecticut. I hope to God the protesters think we’re doing a good job. We’re working together on this, and I hope he’ll be able to learn from our example.”