Energy assistance is a program that helps people having difficulty paying the cost of heating their homes. Through an intake and assessment process, Energy Assistance staff determine how TEAM and its services can best help lower energy costs. The goal of this program is to keep households warm and safe during the winter months.
- Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (read Governor Lamont’s news release here).
- Fuel delivery authorizations will occur through May 20, 2021.
- Categorical eligibility has been expanded for households:
Bill-payers who receive one or more of the following: Refugee Cash Assistance; State Supplement for the Aged, Blind, or Disabled; or Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) are eligible for a Level 1 benefit
Bill-payers who receive SNAP are eligible for a Level 4 benefit
- The Liquid Assets Test is suspended for the remainder of the 2020-2021 CEAP program year.
- If you were previously denied due to Liquid Assets, contact your CAA to reapply
- Risk Assessments for Safety Net benefits are suspended for the remainder of the 2020-2021 CEAP program year.
CEAP is designed to provide low-income households with assistance towards their winter heating bills. Households in the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge may apply with TEAM. 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 the eligible household. The amount of heat assistance may not be sufficient to cover a household’s entire winter heating cost. For households whose heat is included in their rent, one-time financial assistance may be available. Eligibility is determined by income – at or below 60% of State Median Income (SMI) – household size, and liquid assets.
Homeowners & renters may apply.
Household eligible for the winter heating program may also be eligible to receive weatherization assistance. This can help conserve energy and lower heating bills.
Applications for energy assistance programs are accepted from early August through June 15th and are taken by appointment. Due to COVID-19 all applicants will be processed by phone or by mail. An outreach worker is available for the homebound elderly and/or physically disabled. Contact one of the following sites to make an appointment:
30 Elizabeth Street
Bethany Town Hall
40 Peck Road
Department of Human Services
150 Gulf Street
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road
(203) 891 4787
4 Meetinghouse Lane