Helping the Homeless in Dangerous Heat & EBT Card Scam

June 20, 2024

We are in the middle of an absolutely oppressive stretch of heat, and it's important to keep cool. I have been doing this with several people in our community who do not have a place to stay. Please read below to find out how they are trying to beat the heat. 

The state is warning those with EBT cards not to get scammed after a spike in thefts. I'll break down how you can avoid becoming a victim.

Here are the sections of today's email:

  • Beating the Dangerously Hot Weather
  • EBT Skimming Scam
  • Celebrating PRIDE Month
Beating the Dangerously Hot Weather
With temperatures soaring, Connecticut's emergency hot weather protocol remains in effect through Sunday. Please stay hydrated and make sure to seek shade or air-conditioned spaces. CLICK HERE for a list of cooling centers in Stamford.
You can also help by checking in on vulnerable neighbors, which I have done with a group of people living in tents in the woods. I ensure they have water, a working cell phone, and access to a cooling center. News 12 visited a homeless encampment in Stamford to share Fabrice Dube’s struggle with housing and the brutal heat. 
Watch News 12 story as homeless man tries to stay cool
You may be wondering what goes into an extreme heat protocol. Take a look at the graphics below to get a better understanding.
EBT Skimming Scam

The state is warning you to be aware of an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) skimming scam. It is a technology-driven crime committed, at times, by organized rings in which the criminals steal EBT card information. The criminals install electronic devices on ATMs or store point-of-sale terminals to capture card information, which is commonly referred to as skimming.
Connecticut, through the Department of Social Services, was one of the first states in the nation to implement a replacement benefit plan, having done so in June 2023.

Here are some tips for recipients to keep your benefits safe:

Celebrating PRIDE Month
A monumental moment in our state’s history!
October 10, 2008 - The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to full marriage equality under the Connecticut Constitution.
November 12, 2008 - Connecticut issued its first marriage licenses for same-sex couples.