DSS: Energy Assistance

Winter Heating Assistance Program

** Important Announcement**
The general application period for the Energy Assistance Program is currently closed, unless the primary heating source of your home is a utility, and you have a shut-off notice, in which case you can apply until Monday, May 15th. Community Action Agencies will begin taking applications for next winterís program during August 2017. Please check this website for future updates. Please note that information contained in this website pertains to the current yearís program.

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- United Way or the DSS Office of Community Services at 1-800-842-1132 for contact information on the intake site 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 60 percent of the state median income.

General information:

Winter heating assistance pays for a householdís primary heating source such as oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal, wood and wood pellets on behalf of eligible households. The amount of heat assistance may not be sufficient to cover a householdís entire winter heating cost.


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 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.

Community Action Agencies:

  • The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut, Inc. (Danbury area)  (203) 748-5422; (Stamford area) (203) 357-0720.

  • New Opportunities, Inc. (Waterbury area) (203) 756-8151; (Meriden area) (203) 639-5060

  • Bristol Community Organization, Inc. (860) 582-7490

  • Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. (860) 356-2000

  • Community Renewal Team, Inc. (Hartford area) (860) 560-5800 or 1-800-798-3805; (Middletown area) (860) 347-4465

  • ACCESS, Inc. (Willimantic area) (860) 450-7400 (Danielson area) (860) 412-1600

  • 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; (Norwalk area) (203)838-8110


Please Follow this link to view a list of CAA services districts by town.

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  
Stay cool during the heat
Winter Heating Safety Tips

Cold Weather Preparedness 
Energy-Related Links

Reporting Fraud

For Vendors

Follow this link to view the 2016 - 2017 Conditions of Participation Form.

Content Last Modified on 5/1/2017 10:49:13 AM