How to Apply for Energy Assistance
The primary goal of Energy Assistance is to keep households warm and safe during the winter months . The Energy Division helps income-eligible people who have difficulty paying the cost of heating their homes by providing vendor payments for their home heating. Energy Assistance staff also determines how its services can be utilized to lower their clients’ energy costs. Income guidelines change yearly and are based on the state/national poverty level.
All applicants must apply in person. An outreach visit is available for the homebound elderly or physically disabled. Along with offices located in Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington, intake sites are located in a number of towns. Applicants for Energy Assistance are required to provide the following information:
Proof of income for all household members for the four weeks immediately prior to the application date including bank statements (all pages required).
If the primary heating source is a utility, a copy of the utility bill must be presented.
Renters must show copies of their rent receipts or lease.
Homeowners must provide a copy of their mortgage.
Documentation of liquid assets is required.
Payments will be made directly to the heating vendor on the household’s behalf.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program is called LIHEAP. They assist low income people and families with their heating and cooling bills. This program is therefore, a year long program that is available 12 months a year.
To qualify for the LIHEAP assistance, you need to qualify. We provide the current Federal Poverty Rates nationwide below.
You are automatically qualified for LIHEAP assistance if you participate in the SNAP food stamps program, TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or the SSI program through Social Security.
|Persons In Family||Earnings (100% Fed Poverty Guideline)|
*Alaska and Hawaii have different rates for HUD federal poverty guidelines.
These numbers above represent 100% of the Federal Poverty Rate. In order to get legal aid from some offices, they use a sliding fee scale. When they use a sliding fee scale, the 100% rate can be different than 100%. In those cases, using for example a 200% federal poverty level, you will only need double the 100% number listed above to 200%.
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