Municipal Agent

 

The Municipal Agent serves as a resource center providing information and referrals to local services on topics such as Medicare, Housing, Energy Assistance, Benefits Check-Ups, etc.  Our Municipal Agent is Laura Runte.  Her office is located in the Senior & Community Center.  Generally, appointments with the Municipal Agent are held Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.  Emergencies are handled on a case by case basis.  Please call ahead to schedule an appointment (860) 638-4542 or Laura.Runte@MiddletownCT.gov   

In many instances, our resource guide can help you find the information you are looking for.

The Municipal Agent for the Elderly program was established in 1972 by the Connecticut State Legislature in order to assure that elderly persons in each town have an officially appointed representative who is responsible for providing elders with information and assistance on services and benefits.  

In accordance with the General Statutes of Connecticut Volume 2 Title 7 Chapter 97 Section 7-127b, the municipal agent for the elderly shall (1) disseminate information to elderly persons and assist such persons in learning about the community resources available to them and publicize such resources and benefits; (2) assist elderly persons in applying for federal and other benefits available to such persons; (3) submit written reports annually covering the period extending between July 1 and June 30 to the chief elected official, chief executive officer, legislative body and committee or commission on aging of the municipality, if any, and to the Department of Social Services on the services they have provided, the needs and problems of the elderly and any recommendations for municipal action with regard to elderly persons. 

 

The position of Municipal Agent for the Elderly is incorporated into the Senior Services Specialist position. 

 

Our Municipal Agent can assist older adults with:

  • Food Stamps/ SNAP Applications
  • Fuel Assistance Referrals
  • Housing Referrals
  • Legal Services Referrals
  • Meals on Wheels Referrals
  • Medicaid Assistance
  • Medicare Enrollment and Assistance
  • Nutrition Sites/Food Pantry Referrals
  • Protective Services Referrals
  • Social Security Referrals
  • Social Services Referrals and Applications
  • Tax Assistance Referrals

We can assist you with understanding and obtaining services as well as help you complete forms or applications.