Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program:
Program that assists low-income homeowners and renters with their primary heating bills. It makes payments directly to vendors for heating costs of eligible participants. Filing period runs from October 1th through April 1th. For further information about this program, please contact:Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) 1070 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 366-8241 Energy Department
2-1-1 Infoline (203) 384-6904, FAX (203) 382-9515 Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) 98 S. Main Street Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 838-8110 Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) 34 Woodland Ave. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 327-0720
Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP) 2010-2011
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.
For households with incomes up to sixty percent of the state median income.
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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For households with incomes up to 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
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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.
Weatherization Assistance Program:
Program is intended to promote energy conservation in low-income households. It provides free energy repairs and services that would lower energy bills for eligible participants. For further information about this program, please contact:Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) 1070 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 384-6904
Operation Fuel partners with communities, businesses, government and individuals to ensure people in need have access to year-round energy assistance. This program is available to households with incomes between 151% of federal poverty level and 100% of the state median income. Eligibility and Income Guidelines are available at Operation Fuel.
For information on applying for assistance please call 211 or the fuel bank in your town.Operation Fuel, Inc. 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240 Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-243-2345 Fax: 860-726-9310 Toll Free: 800-354-7199
Renter’s Rebate Program:
A Connecticut State Program that provides a reimbursement for renters who are elderly or disabled if they meet the income guidelines. To apply, contact the Municipal Agent for the Eldery in your town. Application period runs from May 15th through September 15th of every year.
Go to the following link for a list Municipal Agents in Southwestern Connecticut towns:
Senior Housing Assistance Fund:
The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, through the generosity of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, has established The Senior Housing Assistance Fund to assist low income individuals over the age of 60 with small interest free loans to assist them in paying for security deposits, moving expenses, minor home repairs and other needs that will enable the person to secure or remain in safe, affordable housing. For more information, click on our brochure or contact Our Long Term Options specialist, Nancy Lombard at 203 333-9288.
Frontier Lifeline Discounted Phone Service:
Frontier in Connecticut offers a discounted telephone service plan that can make basic phone service affordable to any low income household who qualifies. Click on the link below to read eligibility criteria and how to apply for this benefit.
If you need additional assistance, call our CHOICES Information Department at 1-800-994-9422.
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