The winter season means higher electric and gas bills for residents across the State of Connecticut. According to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, the average heating costs are projected to increase 17.2% nationwide compared to last winter. For some households, that may mean turning down the heat to save on their monthly heating bill. But low-income households in Connecticut can apply for assistance for their heating costs.
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) helps Connecticut residents pay their heating bills during winter months. The program is available from November 1st through April 30th every year and provides assistance with bill payments, energy crisis, and weatherization and energy-related home repairs. The benefits from the program typically range from $250 to $600 towards monthly heating bills, depending on the household’s income level and size. Recipients of the program may also be eligible for matching payment plans, protection from shut-offs, and replacement of heating equipment.
Who is eligible:
Your household may be eligible for CEAP if each of you can answer YES to the following questions:
- Are you a Connecticut resident?
- Do you or anyone in your household receive any of the following benefits? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA/TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Supplement for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (State Supp), Refugee Cash Assistance, or does your annual household income fall at or below the income levels below?
If you answered yes to the above questions, your household may be eligible for heating assistance.
How to Apply:
Both homeowners and renters who meet the eligibility guidelines above are encouraged to apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.
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To get assistance with your application, please contact your local Community Action Agency.
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is administered by Connecticut’s Department of Social Services in partnership with local Community Action Agencies throughout the state.