Hand Up or Drag Down? The Truth about Welfare Assistance: It’s a loan – not a helping hand!

Did you know that Connecticut is one of two states that practice welfare liens?  The state requires welfare recipients to pay the state back for benefits received from Temporary Family Assistance, SAGA Cash, and State Supplement.

The state places a lien on the recipient’s assets and demands repayment when the person 1) sells or refinances a home, 2) receives a legal settlement (for example, for personal injury), 3) receives any inheritance, or 4) dies and attempts to leave any inheritance to heirs.

GHIAA is organizing to get legislators to repeal welfare liens in CT so that those who receive assistance can actually make their way out of poverty.

To get involved, email: ghiaa@cljct.org.