Energy Assistance 2015-2016
Enfield Neighborhood Services serves as an intake for Enfield residents wishing to apply for the State Energy Assistance Program. Please take a look at the information below, and call us at 860-253-6396 for questions and to make appointments.
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program benefits thousands of homeowners and renters throughout the state. Please check out the services explained on this website, as well as income and asset guidelines to see if you are eligible for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.
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A. Basic benefits for homeowners and renters who pay separately for heat:
A vulnerable household may receive more basic benefits than a non-vulnerable household. A vulnerable household may be eligible for up to $585 in basic winter heating benefits this winter, compared to $535 for a non-vulnerable household. Minimum basic benefit level is $240 for CEAP households.
· Up to $585 in winter heating assistance for ‘vulnerable’ households (Households which have one or more members who are elderly (age 60 or older), or who have a disability, or are under the age of 6.)
· Up to $535 in winter heating assistance for non-vulnerable households (Households with no member who is elderly (age 60 or older), or has a disability, or is under the age of 6.)
A range of basic benefit levels are built into Connecticut's winter heating assistance program. Once a household applies and is determined eligible for the program, the level of benefits is determined.
The exact level of basic benefits is determined by your household's income, the number of members, and whether there is a ‘vulnerable’ household member. Households with lower income levels are eligible for higher benefits.
B. Basic benefits for renters whose heat is included in the rent:
· From $100 to $120 in winter heating assistance
This level applies to households which do not make direct vendor payments for winter heating; in other words, renters whose heat is included in their rent, and who pay more than 30% of their gross income toward rent. Please follow this link to go to income-eligibility chart for renters whose heat is included in their rent and pay more than 30% of their gross income towards rent.
Crisis Assistance Program
Basic Benefits for Households qualifying for Crisis Heating Assistance:
· A one-time benefit of up to $550 in winter heating assistance for CEAP deliverable fuel heated households
Subject to the availability of funds, the state will implement a Crisis Assistance Program to address the heating needs of service recipient households who have exhausted their CEAP Basic Benefits and are unable to secure primary heat. A one-time benefit in winter heating assistance for deliverable fuel heated households of up to $550 for eligible households with incomes up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG), and up to $250 for eligible households with incomes over 200% FPG to 60% State Median Income (SMI).
Crisis is defined in all cases as being unable to secure primary heat, causing a life-threatening situation during the program delivery period--defined as being without or within one week of being without primary heating fuel, such as having an oil or kerosene supply below either 70 gallons or one-quarter tank.
Basic Benefits for Households qualifying for Safety Net Assistance:
· up to $415 per delivery in Safety Net Assistance Benefits
· Vulnerable CEAP households may receive up to two (2) Safety Net Deliveries.
· Non-Vulnerable CEAP households may receive one (1) Safety Net Delivery
· Safety Net Assistance benefits are not available for Level 5 households, i.e. those with income over 200% FPG to 60% SMI.
Subject to the availability of funds, the state will implement a Safety Net Program to address the heating needs of CEAP deliverable fuel-heated households who have exhausted their Basic Benefits and Crisis Assistance Benefits and are in a life-threatening situation. Such households may be eligible to receive up to $415 per delivery in Safety Net Assistance Benefits.
Households requesting Safety Net Assistance Benefits must be interviewed by a case manager and complete a risk assessment determination. This process involves a review of the household’s income, liquid assets and expenditures. If the case manager determines that the household has insufficient resources to cover the cost of the fuel delivery on its own, then efforts will be made to assist the household in obtaining shelter with adequate heat and, as a last resort, an emergency fuel delivery may be authorized.