DSS: Energy Assistance - Guidelines

Energy Assistance - Guidelines

HOUSEHOLD INCOME GUIDELINES
[Eligibility requirements, updated poverty guidelines, application sites and related materials for the 2014-2015 heating season are not available at this time.]
 
Connecticut Energy Assistance Program
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program helps households pay for primary heating bills. If the household’s primary heating costs are included in your rent, you may also apply for assistance.
 

Household Size – including homeowners and renters that pay separately for heat. Also includes renters whose heat is included in the rent, as long as more than 30% of gross income is paid towards rent.

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2

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5

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7

Under

$17,235

Under

$23,265

Under

$29,295

Under

$35,325

Under

$41,355

Under

$47,385

Under

$53,415

 

Household Size if you or a member of your household is at least 60 years old, under 6yrs old or has a disability – including homeowners and renters that pay separately for heat. At this level, renters are not eligible if heat is included in the rent.

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2

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4

5

6

7

Under

$22,980

Under

$31,020

Under

$39,060

Under

$47,100

Under

$55,140

Under

$63,180

Under

$71,220

 
 

HOUSEHOLD INCOME GUIDELINES

Contingency Heating Assistance Program

For households with higher incomes than would qualify for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.

 

Household Size – including homeowners and renters that pay separately for heat. At this level, renters are not eligible if heat is included in the rent.

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5

6

7

Under

$32,190

Under

$42,095

Under

$51,999

Under

$61,904

Under

$71,809

Under

$81,713

Under

$83,570

 

Note:  Any household in which all household members are participating in one or more of the following Department of Social Services programs are automatically considered income eligible for winter heating assistance benefits, but must meet all other eligibility requirements to receive benefits: Temporary Family Assistance, State Supplement to the Aged, Blind and Disabled, Refugee Cash Assistance Program. Mixed-income households (those receiving income from both DSS and non-DSS sources) are considered income-eligible for winter heating assistance benefits if the combined household annual gross income, including DSS cash benefits, remains within income guidelines.

HOUSEHOLD ASSET GUIDELINES
There is also a liquid assets test.  Liquid assets include: checking, savings, CD's, stocks/shares, bonds, annuities, certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts.  (Individual retirement accounts are considered to be liquid assets if the accounts are in the name of a household member who is at least 59-and-one-half years old.)  The purpose of the liquid assets test is to try to ensure that winter heating assistance dollars go to households most in need; that is, to people without the financial means to heat their home.
For homeowners, the first $10,000 in liquid assets, and for other households, the first $7,000 in liquid assets, is disregarded.  Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines. 


Clients must provide proof of income and assets for all household members 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 provide a copy of that bill which must be in the applicant's name or a household member who is of majority status, or an emancipated minor.



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