Connecticut receives $70 million for energy assistance program

- FILE - Home heating oil delivery (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a $70 million dollar fund in the state of Connecticut for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Monday.

Fuel deliveries are set to begin on November 9th. The Department of Social Services houses the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and administered to all 169 cities and towns by the Community Action Agencies (CAAs). The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program funds are used to assist low income families and seniors that are in need.

Deborah Monahan, CAFCA Chair and Executive Director of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc., stated in an interview, “This critical funding will help to lessen the burden Connecticut families face when they struggle to pay for winter heating costs on top of the rest of their monthly bills. As a vital safety net program, CEAP helps families keep warm during the winter months and avoid unnecessary energy crises. This means they won’t have to choose between heating their homes and other basic needs such as food, childcare, healthcare, and housing.”

According to the Home Energy Affordability Gap for the state of Connecticut in the 2015 report, the poorest families in Connecticut owe around $1,500 more in energy bills than they can afford. Experts expect this upcoming winter to be particularly difficult with above average snowfall.

Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program have been accepted by the Community Action Agencies for the 2016-2017 winter season and more applications are expected to be received.

For more information on the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and how to apply click here.

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