Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services (HHS) provides a variety of services and programs to protect and assist residents and its visitors. HHS has five divisions: Maternal and Child Health, Senior and Community Services, Environmental Health, Disease Prevention, and Health Promotion, and Administration.

The mission of the department is to protect the well-being of the people in Hartford, to promote an environment conducive to healthy lifestyles, and to prevent adverse health outcomes. Whenever possible, the Department will endeavor to employ strategies, policies, and interventions through community partnerships to reduce health disparities. 

Department Head

Liany Arroyo Director of Health and Human Services

Liany Elba Arroyo, MPH, CPH

Liany is the Director of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services and oversees five divisions aimed at improving and protecting the health of the City’s residents and visitors. Liany holds a BA in psychology from Wellesley College, an MPH from Columbia University, and is Certified in Public Health. She has worked in non-profit and the government sectors for over 20 years.

Please call (860) 757-4830 to schedule your flu shot.

The City processes Renter’s Rebate applications annually beginning in April for qualifying city residents. This program is available due to state law which provides reimbursements for a percentage of the total rent paid yearly by individuals 65 years or older as well as disabled individuals 18 years and older who meet certain disability requirements. For more information, please call the City of Hartford at (860) 757-4737, or visit the State of Connecticut’s Renters’ Rebate page.

You can check out the Rent Rebate FAQs from this link.

Note: the City processes applications for Hartford residents, but the program is funded 100% from the State's General Funds.

Multi-purpose senior centers located throughout Hartford in which adults 55 years and older can join in diverse activities and services. Centers’ provide a resource of information for maintaining independence. Seniors can gain information on in-home assistance, health insurance, and claims assistance, transportation services, home-delivered meals, volunteer and job training programs, cultural events, health and wellness educational classes, recreational activities, group meals and intergenerational programming.

For more information, please call or visit a senior center near you:

  • Hispanic Senior Center at 45 Wadsworth Street, (860) 527-1124
  • North End Senior Center at 80 Coventry Street, (860) 757-0800
  • Parkville Senior Center at 11 New Park Avenue, (860) 232-7867;
  • South End Wellness Senior Center at 830 Maple Avenue, (860) 757-0840

Did you know that you can volunteer on a Senior Center Advisory Board? Please contact your nearest Senior Center directly to learn more about how to become a board member.