$72 Million in LIHEAP Funds Released: Oil Deliveries to Begin November 10th

CAFCA | October 29, 2015 |

(New Britain)?Connecticut’s congressional delegation recently announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released $72, 346,318 in LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) funding for the State of Connecticut.  The home heating program is operated by the Connecticut Community Action Network, which appreciates the ongoing work of our delegation as well as President Obama’s administration in making sure these funds are available for needy individuals, families, and vulnerable children and seniors as cold weather approaches.

 “This funding will help free Connecticut families from the impossible choice of whether to heat their homes or put food on their table,” said Dr. James Gatling, CAFCA Chair and President/CEO of New Opportunities, Inc. “These federal dollars could not come at a more appropriate time, as temperatures start to drop and we prepare for another New England winter.  While applications have been taken by our agencies for the past couple of months, Tuesday, November 10th,  is the first day allowed for deliverable fuel sources so we expect to see many more customers coming through our doors over the next couple of weeks.”

 

Last year’s brutal winter season brought above average snowfall and the coldest month on record in Connecticut history as low-income residents across the state struggled to pay their heating bills.  With another snowy and cold winter predicted for this year, Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are already accepting applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) 2015-2016 winter season. 

 

Deborah Monahan, CAFCA Vice Chair and Executive Director of TVCCA said, “With winter weather around the corner, we must ensure that Connecticut homes are kept warm, and that families are never forced to choose between paying for energy bills and paying for other basic necessities. LIHEAP is a critical lifeline, and I applaud HHS for releasing this funding that will benefit over 100,000 Connecticut households and thank my Congressman, Rep. Joe Courtney, for making sure the funds are released in a timely manner.” 

 

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is housed under Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick Bremby and staff, and administered locally by the state’s ten CAAs.  Covering all 169 cities and towns across Connecticut, CAAs also serve as anti-poverty agencies that provide many programs and services to improve low-income individuals, families, and their communities.

 

CEAP works to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut’s most vulnerable households.  Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes – whether they use wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas to heat their homes.  

 

According to the Home Energy Affordability Gap: Connecticut (2014) Report, Connecticut’s poorest families owe approximately $2,560 more in energy bills than they can afford to pay.  CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the frigid winter months, but also gives low-income families the opportunity to address other critical and basic needs, rather than choosing between them.

 

For more information on CEAP and how to apply, visit www.cafca.org to find your local CAA and contact their energy department below. 

 

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Contact: 

Kelley Hall, Development, Communications and Grants Manager, Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA), 860-832-9438, Kelley@cafca.org .

 

Connecticut Community Action Agency Energy Assistance Contact Information

 

Agency

Area Covered

Energy Assistance #

ABCD

Lower Fairfield County

(203) 384-6904

Greater Norwalk

(203) 838-8110

Greater Stamford

(203) 357-0720

Access

Northeastern CT

(860) 450-7400

BCO

Bristol

(860) 582-7490

CAANH

Greater New Haven

(203) 285-8018

CAAWC

Greater Danbury

(203) 744-4700

CRT

Central CT

(860) 560-5800

NOI

Greater Waterbury

(203) 756-8151

Greater Meriden

(203) 639-5060

TEAM

Lower Naugatuck Valley

(203) 736-5420

TVCCA

Southeastern CT

(860) 425-6681