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Press Releases

08/14/2019

Connecticut Plans for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2020

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant public hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 26, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m. in room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT.

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Block Grant Allocation Plan – Federal Fiscal Year 2020

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 (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant. The Department of Social Services, with the help of its partners, Community Action Agencies (CAA), administers CEAP.

Please follow this link for a copy of the FFY 20 LIHEAP Allocation Plan

Community Services Block Grant Allocation Plan – Federal Fiscal Year 2020

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its administrative agency, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services.  The Connecticut Department of Social Services is designated as the principal state agency for the allocation and administration of the block grant within the state of Connecticut.

There are currently nine Community Action Agencies (CAA) and one Limited Purpose Agency that qualify for CSBG funding in Connecticut.  Each CAA has a specified service area.  In Connecticut, CSBG funds are primarily used by CAAs to provide  planning  and  coordination,  organize  services,  encourage  innovative  and  effective approaches to addressing the causes of poverty, broadening the resource base for programs and services, and for core administrative expenses. 

Please follow this link for a copy of the FFY 20 CSBG Allocation Plan