Hamden Coronavirus Information Center
Watch Mayor Curt Balzano Leng's most recent Virtual Town Hall: 5/6/20
What You Need to Know:
- All non-essential Town buildings and departments are currently closed to the public. Most departments are now functioning in limited capacities through phone and email.
- All Hamden Playgrounds, Playscapes and Jungle Gyms are temporarily closed. All Town Parks and trails are open for those wishing to enjoy nature but are also willing to follow social distancing techniques.
- Hamden Public Schools, Adult Education, and before/after school care programs are closed until further notice.
- Hamden Public Library buildings are closed indefinitely. Fines for items will not be charged and all due dates for items borrowed before March 13 have been extended to June 1. There is a plethora of content available for free download including streaming music, books, audio books, movies and more with your library card. Online library card registration is now available at HamdenLibrary.org @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Virtual Hamden Department Services / Info:
- CT Artist Covid-19 Relief Resources
- CT.Gov Supporting Arts Grants
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- Frozen Lunches (1-5 pack Frozen Meals): The State/Federal meals are delivered weekly to Hamden Elderly Services. A Form 5 must be completed and can be done over the phone by calling our offices 203-287-2547 or 203-287-2691. We ask if you or a family member drive to please arrange pickup with our staff. Meals can be delivered to those who have no means of receiving the meals with safeguard measures in place. If you need groceries, then please contact the Hamden Food Bank located at the Keefe Center 203-562-5120 ext. 1110.
- Social Services Programs: Questions on Rent Rebate (appts. Are being pushed back till May) or Energy Assistance, please contact Elderly Outreach at 203-287-2691.
- Telephone Reassurance Calls: Please contact Elderly Services at 203-287-2547 if you would like to refer a senior or you are a Hamden senior who would appreciate a wellness check call.
- Transportation: Transportation for Hamden Elderly (60+ yr.or older) through Greater New Haven Transit’s Hamden Mini bus for medical and food runs: Call one week in advance: 203-288-2885 ($.50 fee has been waived during these times). The minibus operates during business hours and Saturday 9-noon until further notice. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- GIS: Hamden GIS is still available at: http://www.hamdengis.com/
- Inspections: All Inspections available through the Engineering category on See Click Fix are still being responded to: Visit the Hamden See Click Fix
- Mapping: Limited mapping requests are available. Please call Town Engineer Mark Austin at: 203-287-7044.
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- Fines for items will not be charged and all due dates for items borrowed before March 13 have been extended to June 1. The Library is currently offering remote programming and have several digital services including movie and book downloading, as well as free music streaming services through partner services. You must be currently registered with a library card in order to access these services.
- Library Card Registration: Register online now for a free Hamden Library Card to begin downloading books and movies
- Streaming Services: Visit the Hamden Library Media download and streaming service station. Library Card necessary to enjoy streaming services and downloadable content like books, movies, etc. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- All civilian fingerprinting is temporarily suspended.
- In non-emergency situations, residents are encouraged to please CALL AHEAD (203-230-4000) before coming to the police department. This will help us to more efficiently address your non-emergency need and follow recommended ways to reduce the spread of infection by reducing unnecessary contact. If you need to come, we will be here to serve you.
- Non-emergency, routine calls for service, may be responded to at this time via a telephone call from a police officer. If any additional attention is needed, an officer will respond.
- The front lobby of Police Headquarters is closed to the general public.
- The Records Division will be temporarily closed to the public. All accident reports may be purchased online at www.buycrash.com. Please note you must enter the full 10 digit report number with no dashes. For example 2000012345 not 20-12345. Please fill out a request form and email it to Records@hamdenpd.com for all other requests.
- This will in NO WAY effect emergency, fire, or EMS calls, alarms, incidents “in-progress” or any potential crime prevention action taken by Hamden Police Department. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- As Of March 25, 2020, Hamden’s Land records are now on-line. Go to uslandrecords.com to search, view and copy. Tax and sewer liens are not part of this index.
- Land Recordings will only be accepted by USPS, courier service or in locked Drop Box marked “Town Clerk” outside Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06518. Recordings are input in order of receipt. Recording receipt information can only be provided at time of recording with a self-addressed envelope. See link for 2020 Fee Schedule.
- Sewer liens are only released by Greater New Haven WPCA. For current sewer lien status: call GNHWPCA at (203) 776-3570. See link for GNHWPCA
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- Monday, March 9th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng officially assigned Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, Gary Merwede, as the main Town "point-person" and in collecting and distributing info and ensuring preparedness activities were being handled in accordance to local response to COVID-19. All Town buildings were sanitized in accordance to standards set by the Quinnipiac Valley Health District in response to COVID-19 health guidelines.
- Tuesday, March 10th: CT Governor, Ned Lamont, declared a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency for the State of Connecticut, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 19a-131 and 28-9, in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 disease associated with a novel coronavirus. (Read the official press release from Governor Lamont's Office)
- Tuesday, March 10th: The Town of Hamden set limitations on large group gatherings of 100 people to reduce the risk of exposure for all, in accordance with State recommended limitations and actions.
- Wednesday, March 11th: The World Health Organization pronounces COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. (Read the official state from WHO about pronouncing COVID-19 a pandemic)
- Thursday, March 12th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng suspended all public meetings, gatherings, and events until further notice, including Board and Commission meetings (which may teleconference if they wish to). Elected bodies like Legislative Council, School Building Committee and Board of Education make their own decisions on the proceedings of their scheduled meetings. (Read the press release here: Hamden Suspending Group Gatherings...)
- Friday, March 13th: all non-essential Town municipal buildings and departments were closed. The Tax office, Elderly Services and after-school programming at Keefe Center remained operational in limited capacities. (Read the press release here: Town of Hamden Closing Town Facilities and Departments...)
- Sunday, March 15th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issues a Formal Prevention Proclamation and Advisory in which (1.) All Town- scheduled public meetings, gatherings and events be suspended until further notice, (2.) Non-essential Town offices remain closed and begin to function with bare-minimum staffing, (3.) Ensure Elderly Services still continues to deliver food to residences in need, make outreach calls, and provide assistance and information to residents in need via phone and non-contact manners, (4.) All Town employee out-of-state business travel is banned, (5.) All Town before/after school programming at Keefe Center and any other Town buildings be cancelled - to likely resume when the Hamden Public Schools activities schedule resumes at the appropriate time, (6.) All sports, recreation, and league activity be postponed, (7.) All playgrounds and play scapes be closed while keeping open all Town parks for all willing to follow necessary social distancing techniques. (Read the official Proclamation here: Hamden Expands Town Response to Coronavirus...)
- Monday, March 16th: (1.) Mayor Curt Balzano Leng declared an Official Public Emergency for the Town of Hamden (Read the Official Public Emergency Declaration for the Town of Hamden), (2.) All Town municipal buildings and departments were ordered to close to the public for a minimum of two weeks as to discourage the spread of COVID-19. This includes all Town and Board of Education offices including Government Center, Memorial Town Hall, the Senior Center, Miller and Branch Libraries, Keefe Center and all other non-essential Town offices. For services offered at Town Hall, most Hamden employees can currently be reached by official Town phone or email (see Town Employee Directory for contact info). Hamden Public Schools, Adult Education, and before/after school care programs are closed (Read the official press release here: Hamden Closes all Non-Public Safety/First-Responder Buildings...), (3.) Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issued an emergency order to close all childcare centers in Hamden providing child-care services for more than 12 children. (Read the official press release here: Emergency Order Issued Regarding Child Care Centers)
- Thursday, March 19th: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issues a second Emergency Order prohibiting all gatherings of more than 10 people for recreational activities including sports, parades, concerts, festivals, movie screenings, plays, performances, conventions and similar activities. (Read the official Emergency Order here: Hamden, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport PDF)
- Saturday, March 21st: Mayor Curt Balzano Leng issues a third Emergency Order (1.) officially closing all Hamden playgrounds and playscapes, (2.) officially closing the Hamden Dog Park, (3.) restating that all Hamden Open Green Spaces and Town recreational courts (basketball, baseball, soccer, football, field hockey, lacrosse, etc.) remain open as long as visitors continue to follow strict social distancing protocols. (Read the official Emergency Order here: Emergency Order Regarding Parks, Playgrounds...) @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Downloadable, PDF versions Town of Hamden Coronavirus Press Releases and Emergency Orders here:
- Find Emergency Resources in the Greater New Haven Area: Housing, Food, Medical, etc.
- Will Emergency Services still be available while Town departments are closed?
- Which Hamden Restaurants are providing Delivery or Take Out?
- Where can I find a list of official Hamden Social Media Links?
- Where can I find downloadable, informational flyers and media about COVID-19?
- Where can I find Free Meals for my child while schools are closed?
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Use these links to find additional resources on COVID-19:
Hamden Community Bell Ringing: Every Night at 8pm
Isolation can be hard, but none of us are alone in this fight to keep our loved ones safe. Inspired by our friends in Windsor Locks, we invite you to grab a bell or a chime and step outside your front door every night between 8:00-8:02 pm and ring out a joyful noise as “a reminder that even though we can’t be together, we are by no means alone” says Mayor Curt Leng.