NEON

Anti-poverty
5:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Low-income residents fall through cracks as Norwalk awaits new anti-poverty agency

Lydia Tucker, 56, at the Open Door homeless shelter in Norwalk, Conn.
Kaomi Goetz

It's one o'clock and the doors at the Open Door shelter in South Norwalk, Conn. opened for lunch. 

White, African-American, Latino - dozens of people, many of them regulars, briskly walked inside. They anticipated a square meal. On the menu on that day was baked ham and macaroni salad. The shelter serves three free meals a day. 

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Anti-poverty
3:02 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Defunct NEON faces creditors in bankruptcy proceedings Thursday

A former embattled Fairfield County anti-poverty agency will face creditors in bankruptcy proceedings Thursday morning. The defunct agency owes upwards of $3.500,000 but only has assets of less than $500,000. Among the largest debts are nearly $950,000 to Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company and more than $600,000 to the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

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Anti-poverty
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

NEON files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, new agency may arise

The acting CEO of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, or NEON, says the anti-poverty agency has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The Reverend Tommie Jackson says it filed with the federal bankruptcy court in Bridgeport last week. 

Jackson says it was clear when he took over in late 2013 that the agency's debt of $4,000,000 and assets of less than $500,000 would make a turnaround near impossible. 

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Social Services
6:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

NEON CEO refutes rumors agency is in its 'last days'

The acting CEO of the embattled Norwalk anti-poverty agency NEON is refuting rumors that the agency is about to close. 

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Social Services
12:41 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Conn. puts anti-poverty agency NEON on notice

NEON Acting CEO Chiquita Stephenson reviews a financial report in her office at the agency's Norwalk, Conn. headquarters.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

A Fairfield County, Connecticut anti-poverty agency is in trouble. NEON, which stands for Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, provides social services to people in need in the Norwalk and Stamford area. The state has put the agency on notice while internal turmoil threatens its programs.  

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