Energy Assistance Still Available Through the Access Community Action Agency

NEWS RELEASE

Elisha Sherman, Communications and Development Coordinator

(860) 450-7400, ext. 7456 / elisha.sherman@accessagency.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2020

 

 

Energy Assistance Still Available

Through the Access Community Action Agency

 

Applications for energy assistance for the 2019-2020 heating season are still being accepted by the Access Community Action Agency. Funding for this program is provided by The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is housed under the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS). These CEAP funds are targeted to limited income families and seniors who need them the most. 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 13 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 9 through April 15. Access has served over 5,700 families this season thus far.

 

Program eligibility is determined by total household gross income and is available for all heated households using oil, kerosene, propane, wood, pellets, coal, electric, or natural gas heat except motor homes and campers.  Residents of Windham and Tolland counties can contact Access in Willimantic at 860-450-7400 or in Danielson at 860-412-1600 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.  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.

 

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.
  • If self-employed, Self-employment worksheet notarized with all schedules of the previous year tax returns.
  • 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 that reflects activity 30 days prior to application date) showing name and 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.
  • If a person in the household is receiving a pension we must have a letter from the pension plan or a 1099-R from the IRS.

Local Outreach Energy Sites

Town

Intake Site

Address

Zip

Phone#

email

Hours of Operation

Contact

Ashford

Ashford Social Services

5 Town Hall Rd

06278

(860) 487-4417

mmcdonough@ashfordct.org

Mon & Tues 9-3

Melissa McDonough

Canterbury

Canterbury Seniors

1 Municipal Drive

06331

(860) 546-9845

ehebert@canterburyct.org

Thurs 9-5

Ella Hebert

Coventry

Orchard Hills Estates  Coventry Housing Auth

1630 Main Street

06238

(860) 742-5518

coventry.authority@att.net

M-F 8:30-2:30

Laurie Pinkston

Coventry

Coventry Human Services

1712 Main Street

06238

(860) 742-5324

cchan@coventryct.org; bbennet@coventryct.org

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

Courtney Chan

Danielson

ACCESS Agency Inc.

231 Broad St

06239

(860) 412-1600

shirley.riemann@accessagency.org

M T,W,Th,F 8-4

Shirley Riemann

Ellington

Ellington Human Services

31 Arbor Way

06029

(860) 870-3128

dcrayton@ellington-ct.gov and aturner@ellington-ct.gov

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

Doris Crayton 

Anna Turner

Hebron

Hebron Senior Center

14 Stonecroft Drive

06248

(860) 228-1700

(860) 228-4213  sgarrard@hebronct.com

M-Th 8-4:30    Fri 8-1

Sharon Garrard

North Grosvenordale

TEEG (Thompson & Putnam)

65 Main St.

06255

(860) 923-3458

jennifers@teegonline.org

M-F 9-4

Jenn Strong 

Somers

Somers Social Services

600 Main Street

06071

(860) 763-4379

ccenac@somersct.gov and dschuetz@somersct.gov

M-F 8-4

Christina Cenac Deanna Schuetz

Somers

WoodCrest Elderly Housing

71 Battle Street

06071

(860) 749-4658

flittle@somershousingauthority.com

M-Th 9-3Fri 9-12

Fran Little

Stafford Springs

Stafford Family Services

21 Hyde Park

06076

(860) 684-7752

 (860) 684-3906 parrowg@staffordct.org

M,T,W 8-4:30 Th 8-6:30 Fri 10-1

Grace Parrow        Laura Panciera

Storrs

Wrights Village

309 Maple Rd

06268

(860) 487-0693 EXT:5

kmatychak@mansfieldhousingct.org

M,T,Th 8-3

Karen Matychak

Tolland

Off Site

21 Tolland Green

06084

 

Rebecca Ellert rellert@tolland.org

M,T,W 8:30 – 4:30

Rebecca Ellert

Tolland

Tolland Human Services

21 Tolland Green

06084

860-871-3648 (secretary)

(860) 871-3612 nancydunn@tolland

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

Nancy Dunn   

Vernon

Vernon Social Services Office

14 Park Place. 1st floor

06066

(860) 870-3661

mrodriguez@vernon-ct.gov; cmcfatter@vernon-ct.gov;

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

Marina Rodriguez (EXT:3)

Willimantic

ACCESS Agency Inc.

1315 Main St

06226

(860) 450-7400

shirley.riemann@accessagency.org

M,T,W,Th,F 8-4

Shirley Riemann

Hebron

Hebron Interfaith

20 Pendelton

 

(860) 228-1681

HIHS@att.net

TBD

Kim Bowers

Stafford

Stafford Housing Auth.

91 West St.

 

(860) 684-4973

staffordrsc@gmail.com

TBD

Karen Boutin

Willington

Willington Youth & Family Services Energy

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

 

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