AGING SERVICES: CT Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

CT Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

 
 
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), which is administered by the Department of Social Services and coordinated by regional Community Action Agencies in cooperation with municipal and other non-profit human service agencies, is designed to help offset the winder heating costs of our most vulnerable lower income households.  

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program benefits thousands of homeowners and renters throughout the state. The following is information about the program. 
 
 
 
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) 2011-2012 season officially begins on November 15, 2011.  The program is administered by the Community Action Agencies of Connecticut and they began accepting applications on September 1, 2011. 
 
Please contact 211 Infoline to find the Community Action Agency in your area. 
 
Community Action Agencies:
 
-The Community Action Committee of Danbury, Inc. (203) 748-5422
-New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury area) (203) 756-8151
-Bristol Community Organization, Inc. (860) 582-7490
-Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. (860) 223-2288
-Community Renewal Team, Inc. (Hartford area) (860) 560-5800 or 1-800-798-3805; (Middletown area) (860) 347-4465
-ACCESS, Inc. (Willimantic - Danielson area) (860) 450-7423
-Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (Norwich-New London area) (860) 425-6681
-New Opportunity for Greater Meriden (203) 235-0278 (sponsored by New Opportunities, Inc.)
-Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc. (203) 387-7700
-TEAM, Inc. (Derby-Ansonia-Shelton area) (203) 736-5420
-Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. (203) 384-6904
-Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Incorporated (203) 899-2484
-CTE, Inc. (Stamford area) (203) 352-4846
 

General information:
 
On behalf of eligible households, the winter heating assistance pays for such heating sources as oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal and wood.  Homeowners and renters may apply.

Households eligible for the winter heating program may also be eligible to receive weatherization assistance.  This can help conserve energy and lower heating bills.  The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and the Contingency Heating Assistance Program are administered by the Department of Social Services and coordinated by regional Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with municipal and other non-profit human service agencies. 
 
 
Connecticut residents who need help in paying their primary heating bills may apply for energy assistance at about 170 community sites.  Visit www.ct.gov/staywarm or call 2-1-1 Infoline to inquire about additional household income guidelines or to get more detailed information about the energy assistance program.  Households eligible for the winter heating program may also be eligible to receive weatherization assistance, which can help conserve energy and lower heating bills.
 
Clients must provide proof of income and assets for all household members, age 18 or over who may reside with them, for the four weeks prior to the application date.  If natural gas or electricity is the heating source, the client must submit a copy of the bill, which is required to be in the name of the applicant, or a household member who is of majority status, or an emancipated minor.  In addition, the bill must be for residential services only, and for charges incurred from November 1st through May 1st.
 
If there are questions on the Energy Assistance Program, clients should please call 2-1-1 Infoline. We encourage clients to check the website at: www.ct.gov/staywarm
 
 
 
Contingency Heating Assistance Program
 
This benefits thousands of homeowners and renters throughout the state. Please check out the services explained on this website to see if you’re eligible for the Contingency Heating Assistance Program.
 
Basic Benefits for Households qualifying for Contingency Heating Assistance:
 
·      $100 in winter heating assistance
 
Crisis Assistance Program
 
Basic Benefits for Households qualifying for Crisis Heating Assistance:
 
·      A one-time benefit from $375 to $530 in winter heating assistance
 
Subject to the availability of funds, the state will implement a Crisis Assistance Program to address the heating needs of service recipient households who have exhausted their CEAP Basic Benefits and are unable to secure primary heat, causing a life-threatening situation.  A one-time Crisis Assistance benefit from $375 to $530 is available to deliverable fuel heated households with incomes up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and to elderly and/or disabled households with incomes up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines that meet the criteria. A one-time Crisis Assistance benefit of $300 is available to CHAP households with incomes up to 60% of the State Median Income.
 
Crisis is defined in all cases as being unable to secure primary heat, causing a life-threatening situation during the program delivery period--defined as being without or within one week of being without primary heating fuel, such as having an oil or kerosene supply below either 70 gallons or one-quarter tank.
 
 
 
Safety Net Services 
 
Basic Benefits for Households qualifying for Safety Net Assistance:
 
·      up to $400 in Safety Net Assistance Benefits
 
·      An additional $400 in Safety Net Assistance Benefits may be available to CEAP eligible, vulnerable households. Safety Net Assistance benefits are not available for CHAP households.
 
Subject to the availability of funds, the state will implement a Safety Net Program to address the heating needs of CEAP deliverable fuel-heated households who have exhausted their Basic Benefits and Crisis Assistance Benefits and are in a life-threatening situation.  Such households may be eligible to receive up to $400 in Safety Net Assistance Benefits.
 
An additional $400 in Safety Net Assistance Benefits may be available to CEAP eligible, vulnerable households. Safety Net Assistance benefits are not available for CHAP households.
 
Households requesting Safety Net Assistance Benefits must be interviewed by a case manager and must complete a risk assessment determination. This process involves a review of the household’s income, liquid assets and expenditures. If the case manager determines that the household has insufficient resources to cover the cost of the fuel delivery on its own, then efforts will be made to assist the household in obtaining shelter with adequate heat and, as a last resort, emergency fuel delivery may be authorized.
 
 




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