Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus in Hartford



  • Foodshare– Visit: Foodshare.org, Call Foodshare at: 860-286-9999
  • Grace Church Food Pantry 870 Prospect Ave., Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Hartford Public Schools has boxed lunches for children ages 18 and under. Visit their website at: http://www.hartforschools.org or call their Food & Nutrition Line at: 860-695-8490.
  • Meals On Wheels (Hartford) CRT Program– Contact: 860-560-5848
  • Mutual Aid Hartford is a cooperative effort of Hartford neighbors, helping one another. Making sure that individuals who are immunocompromised, have no transportation, or can’t go directly to a food bank, get the food they need. Email: mutualaidhartford@gmail.com -or- visit the website: https://www.mutualaidhartford.com


Where do I go if I want to get tested for COVID-19?

  • Click Here for Coronavirus testing location sites
  • There are also pop-up sites that spring-up weekly. Follow us on social media to see when/where this will occur. Facebook: @CouncilwomanBermudez; @JoshMichtomCityCouncil; Instagram:@RSGAT; @wildalizbermudez

Need FREE transportation to the drive-through testing site?

  • Call: 860-757-9311. The City of Hartford is now providing FREE transportation to Hartford residents who need transportation to get to drive-trough testing sites.

Will I have to pay for a coronavirus test?

  • No, you don’t have to pay.


What can I do, I can’t pay my City of Hartford taxes during this pandemic?

  • You now have a 90 day deferment period to pay Hartford City taxes for residents, businesses, nonprofits and who have suffered a significant economic impact by COVID-19, for the payment of real property, personal property and motor vehicle taxes. Hartford City Council approved this in April.
  • For elderly residents- there’s the Elderly Tax Relief Program which allows for a $500 tax credit for Hartford senior homeowners. Interested in this program call: 860-757-9311 or email Janice.Castle@hartford.gov


Am I eligible for unemployment?

  • If you’ve been laid off from your full- or part-time job for reasons related to COVID-19, you’re eligible for unemployment income (UI) . Also, if you cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19 and you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or working in the “gig economy,” you are also eligible. The CT Department of Labor will specify what documentation you need to provide to prove eligibility. Click here for more information.

What about if I am self-employed or an independent contractor, can I apply for unemployment due to loss wages?

  • Yes, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program. It’s a new unemployment benefit approved through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. PUA provides unemployment benefits to self-employed/independent contractors for the first time, if certain eligibility requirements are met.  Learn more here: https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/fedunemploymentinsprograms.pdf


I’m concerned about returning back to work, what can I do?

  • Check out CT Law Help click here – they provide vital information to employees, especially to those who are retuning back to work at this time.


What if I can’t pay my rent?

  • Contact the State of CT with their new Temporary Rental Assistance Housing Program. If you qualify you can receive up to $4,000 for help with your back rent. Call 1-860-785-3111 or click here: https:portal.ct.gov/doh


Which employers must provide paid sick leave and family leave?

  • Right now there’s been an expansion on paid sick leave and paid family leave requirements. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (passed by the federal government) established a new temporary emergency expansion of paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave protections for reasons related to COVID-19. These new leave provisions are effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
  • A private employer with fewer than 500 employees is a “covered employer” for both the paid sick leave and paid family leave requirements.
  • The Federal Secretary of Labor has additional authority to exempt employers with fewer than 50 employees from the requirement to provide emergency paid leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.

How much paid sick leave are employees eligible to take?

  • For paid sick leave, employees are eligible to take up to 80 hours (two weeks) of paid time, depending on the employee’s regular schedule, at 100% of the employee’s regular rate of pay (up to $511 per day), if the leave is due to quarantine/isolation order, health-care provider guidance to self-quarantine, or seeking diagnosis for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Sick leave pay is limited to 2/3 of the employee’s regular rate of pay (up to $200 per day) for caring for someone who is isolated/quarantined.


I live in a high density neighborhood in Hartford, where can I park my car now that there’s not enough on-street parking?

Hartford City Council members Wildaliz Bermudez & Josh Michtom introduced (and City Council unanimously passed) legislation to have the “Blue Light Lots” go into effect. If you live in a high density neighborhood and are looking for on-street parking near your residence, you now have an opportunity to park your vehicle in designated areas throughout the city so as to ease the burden of not having parking availability since thousands are staying home. Here’s the list of locations: 130 Sisson Ave; 2434 Main St; 135 Main St; 20 Francis St; 60 Chadwick Ave; 45 Evergreen Ave; 77 Laurel St; Sigourney St & Homestead Avenue; Learning Corridor Parking Garage – Brownell St Entrance.  All Hartford Public Schools Parking Lots are available herehttp://bit.ly/2y8NpzP


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