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SoNoCC looking to provide additional social services

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Norwalk, CT | Added on October 09, 2014 At 01:48 PM

The South Norwalk Community Center (SoNoCC) is preparing itself to apply for Community Action Program status so they can administer programs left behind by a now bankrupt NEON (Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now).

said SoNoCC President and Chairman of the Board Warren Pena.

"Our objective is to continue to provide programs and services to the community. Particularly the low income, poverty level folks that really need help. That is the history of the Center and we want to maintain the foundation of that history here."

In regards to seeking CAP status, Pena said, "Right now there isn't an open RFP here in Norwalk. What they are looking for are interested parties to write some type of letter of intent saying that we would like to explore CAP status."

Seeking CAP status will not disrupt the ongoing renovations to the Center located at 98 South Main Street which began in July. 

"We've got the first two phases out of the three complete. We are going to create more of a learning environment here at the Center, partnering up with Norwalk Public Schools and the Superintendent administering after-school and Saturday programming here at the Center, as well as adult programming," said Pena.

Pena says being granted CAP status would allow them to provide more programs for the community.

"They [CAP] offers many different grants. Job training, energy assistance, Hispanic Development grant; a lot of human services and social services. That is really what we are interested in looking into as well. We are uniquely placed in the heart of South Norwalk. We are where the services and programs are needed."

"What we want to do is help uplift and help educate and continue to inform folks here in the South Norwalk area."

Community Action of Norwalk (CAN), another organization that is currently under formation is also interested in the CAP status. Representatives from CAN have not been able to be reached for comment.

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