DSS: Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance

Winter Heating Assistance Program

**Important Announcement**
An additional safety net benefit is now available to qualified CEAP deliverable fuel-heated households.  If you received a safety net delivery previously, and are now low on fuel, please contact your local Community Action Agency to see if you qualify for an additional delivery.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is now open at community action agency sites around the state.  To schedule an appointment, please call your local community action agency at the phone number provided below.  You can also contact 2-1-1- Infoline or the DSS Office of Community Services at 1-800-842-1132 for contact information of intake sites closest to where you reside.


The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut's lower income households, specifically those households whose incomes fall at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines as well as households with elderly, disabled and/or children under the age of six, with incomes between 150 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. 

Households with incomes below 60 percent of the state median income who are not eligible to receive assistance under CEAP may be eligible to receive assistance under the Contingency Heating Assistance Program.


General information:

On behalf of eligible households, the winter heating assistance pays for such heating sources as oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal, wood and wood pellets.

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.

Community Action Agencies:

The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut, Inc. (203) 748-5422
New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury area) (203) 756-8151; (Meriden area) (203) 235-0278
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 area) (860) 450-7423); (Danielson area) (860) 774-0418
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (Norwich-New London area) (860) 425-6681
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. (Bridgeport area) (203) 384-6904; (also covering Norwalk/Stamford areas; phone contact numbers to be announced).


About Energy Assistance:

Program Dates 

Income Guidelines

Benefit Levels

Asset Limit Guidelines 

Frequently Asked Questions

What To Bring With You When You Apply - Checklist of Required Documentation
(English) (Spanish) 

Energy Assistance Application
English) (Spanish) 

Where To Apply  
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