Social Services

Madison Youth and Family Services assists citizens in need with various  local and state assistance programs, help applying for financial  assistance, transportation, food, utility and adult counseling needs.

Many of the following programs are provided through the generosity of  community organizations, state and local agencies, local churches and  individuals.

Community Renewal Team (CRT) Energy Assistance Program - This program helps to subsidize your winter heating expense, for any form of heating.  Please be aware that there are required documents necessary to complete your application and that there are income guidelines based on the number of individuals in your household;

Once you have all your documentation together give me a call to set up an appointment.  Please keep in mind that if you heat with oil or propane, you will not be able to get a delivery until after November 14th so plan accordingly.  Applying for the Energy Assistance Program ends on May 1, 2019. 

CRT - Energy Assistance Income Chart

Number of Persons Maximum Annual Income
1 35,116
2 45,920
3 56,725
4 67,530
5 78,335
6 89,140

Local Social Services Programs

The “Warm the Children” program that is organized and distributed by the Madison Rotary Club helps to provide winter clothing for your children. Not just coats and boots, but warmer clothing, P.J’s, jeans, sweaters, etc.

The Holiday Basket program is provided by Madison Community Services.  Madison Community Services is an all-volunteer organization committed to providing the makings for a Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meal.  In addition they operate the Madison Food Pantry on Tuesday evenings for those who work and can’t get to the pantry on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 3:00.  You only need proof of residency to utilize the pantry.

With the assistance of Neighbor to Neighbor and First Congregational Church we will also reestablish the live 6 ft. Christmas tree distribution program.  We anticipate the trees being available the first weekend in December.  

The Madison Police Department holiday gifts and toys program provide for children through their Toy Program.    MPD will contact you with a day and time to go to the department and shop for the items you’d like for your children.

Your community and I have been very busy trying to bring you services.   If you know of someone who might benefit from any of these please let them know I would be happy to discuss these programs with them.

For further information or to request an appointment please contact Cristal DePietro at 203-245-5655.

If you are age 65 or over, please contact Heather Noblin at 203-245-5687.

Annual Assistance Programs

The annual assistance programs available to qualified individuals and families are:

  • State Energy Assistance - November through April.
  • State Rent Rebate Program - Begins in May.
  • Local Food Pantry - provided by Madison Community Services (MCS) 203-245-3031.
  • Warm The Children - provides warm clothing for needy children, sponsored by the Rotary Club.
  • Back to School - program helps to provide school supplies  necessary at the start of the new school year. Madison Youth and Family  Services Community Service Trainees help to raise funds along with  assistance from Temple Beth Tikvah, MCS and Salvation Army.
  • Holiday Food Baskets - Madison Community Services provides food  for individuals and families for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring  Baskets.
  • Madison Police Toy Drive - Madison Police Services gathers and  distributes to families with children in need of toys for Christmas.
  • Book Donation - Friends of Scranton Library donates new or gently used books that are distributed with the Holiday Baskets.
  • Campership Scholarship  - Donations from Madison Community Services, the Madison Foundations  Neighbor 2 Neighbor, and Exchange Club provide camp scholarships to  enrich the lives of Madison children. If you have questions or need  assistance please contact Cristal DePietro, Social Services Coordinator at  203-245-5655, or by email.

As-Needed Programs

 In addition to the Annual Programs there are several programs that are  available on an "as-needed" basis. The following are some local, state  and federal programs:

Key Websites For Foreclosure Information

  • Connecticut Mortgage Assistance Hotline     
    • The first place to call, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Phone: 877-472-8313     
  • The Real Options, Overcoming Foreclosure Project     
    • Phone 203-789-8690, ext. 124        
  •  Foreclosure Mediation Program
  •  HUD Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure (excellent website)