Energy Assistance Available Through the Access Community Action Agency

NEWS RELEASE

 

Elisha Sherman, Communications & Development Coordinator

(860) 450-7400, ext. 7456/ Elisha.Sherman@accessagency.org

August 15, 2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Energy Assistance Available

Through the Access Community Action Agency

 

Applications for energy assistance for the 2019-2020 heating season are now being accepted by the Access Community Action Agency.  Program eligibility is determined by total household gross income and is available for all heated households using oil, kerosene, propane, wood, coal, electric, or natural gas heat except motor homes and campers.  Residents of Windham and Tolland counties can contact Access in Willimantic at 860-450-7423 or in Danielson at 860-412-1568 to make an appointment to determine eligibility and to find out what documentation they will need to bring to their appointments. Appointments are currently available during the agency’s normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with new extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on every other Monday two times per month (call for scheduling). Households that have received energy assistance in the past must reapply and bring in updated documentation to be eligible for the new heating season.  Each applicant must bring in copies of their documentation and if there is missing documentation they will be rescheduled. Previous Access customers can create an account and schedule an appointment online at: https://accessagency.nexacomm.net/.

 

This program is federally funded by LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. The Energy Assistance program is designed to offset winter heating costs for low-income (below 60% of state median income) households in Windham and Tolland counties.  Benefits are determined by total household gross income and liquid assets. Deliverable-heated households may use benefits starting November 15th and ending March 15. Utility-heated households (Eversource Energy, electric and gas) are eligible to participate in the matching payment programs and are protected from utility shut-off from November 15 through April 15.

 

To apply for assistance, applicants must schedule an appointment and provide copies of the following documents for all household members 18 and over and not in school:

 

  • Names, birthdates and proof of Social Security card numbers for all household members.
  • Pay stubs if employed, (4 if paid weekly, 2 if paid bi-weekly), unemployment printout.
  • Self-employment worksheet if self-employed.
  • Letter for SS, SSI, SSDI, DSS readout for cash assistance and SNAP benefits.
  • Proof of Child Support and/or Alimony documents.
  • Rent Receipt/Lease, with name, address and telephone number of landlord.
  • Mortgage statement or tax bill if property owner.
  • Utility bill(s) with account numbers for the residence in household member’s name.
  • All pages of recent bank account statements (checking & savings) showing name & account numbers of all household members.
  • Liquid Assets are assets that are readily convertible to cash, and include savings accounts, checking accounts, bonds, stocks/shares, certificates of deposit, annuities and individual retirement accounts (IRAs), provided the IRA’s accounts are in the name of a household member who is 59 ½ years old or older. Households must   provide verification of all liquid assets
  • Letter from friend or relative if they give support money, must have an amount.
  • If paid under the table a letter stating how much you were paid during the previous 4 weeks.
  • Financial aid forms for everyone in the household.
 

Town

Intake Site

Address

Zip

Phone#

Alternate Phone#

Hours of Operation

Contact Person

Start Date

2

Ashford

Ashford Social Services

5 Town Hall Rd

06278

(860) 487-4417

mmcdonough@ashfordct.org

Mon & Tues 9-3

Melissa McDonough

09/03

3

Canterbury

Canterbury Seniors

1 Municipal Drive

06331

(860) 546-9845

ehebert@canterburyct.org

Thurs 9-5

Karen Sulich

09/05

4

Coventry

Orchard Hills Estates  (ONLY)                   Coventry Housing Authority

1630 Main Street

06238

(860) 742-5518

coventry.authority@att.net

coventryhousing@yahoo.com

M-F 8:30-2:30

Laurie Pinkston

Sharon Boisvert

08/15

5

Coventry

Coventry Human Services

1712 Main Street

06238

(860) 742-5324

cchan@coventryct.org; dgrindle@coventryct.org

M,T,W 8:30-4:30            Th 8:30-6:30  Fri 8:30-1:30

Courtney Chan

Dianna Grindle

09/09

6

Danielson

ACCESS Agency Inc.

231 Broad St

06239

(860) 412-1568

shirley.riemann@accessagency.org

M 8-4            T,W,Th,F 8-4

Shirley Riemann

08/01

7

Ellington

Ellington Housing Authority

55 main Street

06029

(860) 872-6923

cabouley@sbcglobal.net

M,W,Th       9 – 3:30

Cathy Bouley

11/01

8

Hebron

Hebron Senior Center

14 Stonecroft Drive

06248

(860) 228-1700

sgarrard@hebronct.com

tcolesbailey@hebronct.com

M-Th 8-4:30              Fri 8-1

Sharon Garrard

Tanya Bailey

10/15

9

Hebron

Hebron Interfaith Human Service

20 Pendleton Drive

06248

(860) 228-1681

hihs@att.net

Mon & Tues 9-11:30

Christa Goodwin-babka

09/16

10

North Grosvenordale

TEEG                (Thompson & Putnam)

65 Main Street

06255

(860) 923-3458

thereseh@teegonline.org

M-F 9-4      

Therese Horvath

08/15

11

Somers

Somers Social Services

600 Main Street

06071

(860) 265-7551

(860) 749-7160 ccenac@somersct.gov  and dschuetz@somersct.gov

M-F 8-4

Christina Cenac Deanna Schuetz

09/02

12

Stafford Springs

Stafford Social Services

21 Hyde Park

06076

(860) 684-7752

 (860) 684-3906 parrowg@staffordct.org  

M,T,W             8-4:30         Th 8-6:30

Jenn Strong

09/03

13

Stafford Springs

Stafford Housing Authority

91 West Street

06076 

(860) 684-4973

staffordrsc@gmail.com

cbill@staffodha.com

M-Th 8-1

Caroline Bill

09/01

14

Storrs

Wrights Village                   (only tenants)

309 Maple Rd

06268

(860) 487-0693 EXT:5

kmatychak@mansfieldhousingct.org

M,T,Th 8-3

Karen Matychak

09/03

15

Tolland

Tolland Human Services

21 Tolland Green

06084

860-871-3648 (secretary)

(860) 871-3612 (nancy)                  nancydunn@tolland.org   jpitney@tolland.org  

M,T,W        8-4:30         Th 8-7:30

Nancy Dunn    Jeanne Pitney

09/03

16

Tolland

Tolland Senior Center

674 Tolland Stage Road

6084

 (860) 870-3726

rellert@tolland.org

M-Th              8:30 – 3:30

F 8:30-12

Rebecca Ellert

09/03

17

Vernon

Vernon Social Services Office

14 Park Place. 1st floor

06066

(860) 870-3661

mrodriguez@vernon-ct.gov;

M,T,W 8:30-4:30            Th 8:30-7                Fri 8:30-1

Allison Maynard (EXT:3)

09/09

18

Willimantic

ACCESS Agency Inc.

1315 Main St Suite 2

06226

(860) 450-7423

shirley.riemann@accessagency.org

Mon 8-4           T,W,Th,F 8-4

Shirley Riemann

08/01

19

Willington

Willington Youth & Family Services Energy Staff

40 Old Farms Rd

06279

(860) 487-3118

wyfss@willingtonct.org; jarpin@willingtonct.org

M               12:30-7:30       T, W,Th,F            9-2

Jennie Arpin

09/23

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