Connecticut CAA Energy Assistance Program Accepting Applications

CAFCA | January 23, 2018 |

(New Britain)--Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are accepting energy assistance applications for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. At this time, the program has been funded at 90% of its overall allocation of LIHEAP funds. For Connecticut, that amounts to a little over $67 million. The Connecticut Department of Social Services oversees the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and it is administered by the CT CAAs.

Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through their local CAA (see attached list). Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies are the only nonprofit agencies administering this critical home heating assistance program to Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions and may include town halls, so those interested should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.  

 

CAAs are certifying assistance for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.

 

There are other potential benefits to customers who come in for energy assistance:  weatherization services; matching payment program with utilities; and, heating system repair and replacement.  Additionally, the CAA staff works with customers around accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP, child care, financial counseling, and other programs and services the agency may offer. 

 

Connecticut’s poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country. Often times, customers are forced to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives limited income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.

 

For more information on Connecticut’s Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438. Each CAA’s energy department below contact number is below. 

 

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Contact: 

Kelley Hall, Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA), 860-832-9438, Kelley@cafca.org.

 

Connecticut Community Action Agency Energy Assistance Contact Information

 

Agency

Area Covered

Energy Assistance #

ABCD

Lower Fairfield County

(203) 384-6904

Greater Norwalk

(203) 838-8110

Access

Willimantic

(860) 450-7400

Danielson

(860) 412-1600

CAANH

Greater New Haven

(203) 285-8018

CAAWC

Greater Danbury

(203) 748-5422

Greater Stamford

(203) 357-0720

CRT

Central CT

(860) 560-5800

HRA

New Britain

(860) 356-2000

Bristol

(860) 584-2725

NOI

Greater Waterbury

(203) 756-8151

Greater Meriden

(203) 235-0278

TEAM

Lower Naugatuck Valley

(203) 736-5420

TVCCA

Southeastern CT

(860) 425-6681