$70 Million in LIHEAP Funds Released; Fuel deliveries to Begin November 9th

CAFCA | October 31, 2016 |

(New Britain) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released $70,021,208 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for the State of Connecticut.

 

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is housed under the Department of Social Services (DSS) and administered locally in all 169 cities and towns by the state’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs).  In addition to heating assistance, CAAs serve as anti-poverty agencies that provide programs and services like housing, child care, food assistance, and employment and training to improve low-income individuals, families, and their communities. These CEAP funds are targeted to limited income families and seniors who need them the most.

 

“This critical funding will help to lessen the burden Connecticut families face when they struggle to pay for winter heating costs on top of the rest of their monthly bills,” said Deborah Monahan, CAFCA Chair and Executive Director of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA).  “As a vital safety net program, CEAP helps families keep warm during the winter months and avoid unnecessary energy crises.  This means they won’t have to choose between heating their homes and other basic needs such as food, childcare, healthcare, and housing.”

 

Connecticut’s poorest families owe about $1,500 more in energy bills than they can afford to pay, according to the Home Energy Affordability Gap: Connecticut (2015) Report.  While last year’s winter season was unusually mild, experts predict a harsh winter this year with above average snowfall. 

 

Connecticut’s CAAs have been accepting CEAP applications for the 2016-2017 winter season for a few months and expect more applications in the coming weeks, especially as temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes. This includes wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas.  Fuel deliveries begin Wednesday, November 9th

 

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: 

Edith Karsky, Executive Director, Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. (CAFCA), 860-832-9438, Edith@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

Access

Northeastern CT

(860) 450-7400

CAANH

Greater New Haven

(203) 285-8018

CAAWC

Greater Danbury

(203) 748-5422

Greater Stamford

(203) 357-0720

CRT

Central CT

(860) 560-5800

HRA

New Britain

(860) 356-2000

Bristol

(860) 584-2725

NOI

Greater Waterbury

(203) 756-8151

Greater Meriden

(203) 639-5060

TEAM

Lower Naugatuck Valley

(203) 736-5420

TVCCA

Southeastern CT

(860) 425-6681