Energy Assistance - Winter Heating

Overview

Public Hearing on Connecticut’s 2018-2019 Winter Heating Assistance Program
The State of Connecticut’s Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Block Grant Allocation Plan will be the subject of a joint public hearing before the Appropriations, Human Services, and Energy and Technology Committees on Friday, August 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.


The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut's lower income households, specifically those households whose income falls at or below 60 percent of the state median income.  CEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant.  The Connecticut Department of Social Services administers CEAP, in collaboration with its partners, Community Action Agencies across the state.

Please follow this link for a copy of the proposed FFY 19 LIHEAP Allocation Plan.


Community Action Agencies began accepting applications for next winter’s Energy Assistance Program on August 1, 2018. Program guidelines, including important dates and benefit levels, will be updated once the 2018/2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Allocation Plan is approved in early September. Please note the dates and benefit information currently displayed are from last winter’s program.



The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is now open at community action agency sites around the state. To schedule an appointment, please follow this link to find the Community Action Agency in your area. 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 household’s 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 household’s 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.