Connecticut Energy Assistance Program – CEAP: 2016/17

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The following information is based on the 2016-2017 Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.
Utility assistance through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) helps low income households pay their primary heat source bills. Energy payments are determined by family size and gross income, and by whether a household is classified as “vulnerable”. Vulnerable households have a member who is under age 6, who is age 60+, or who is any age and disabled.

INCOME GUIDELINES:
Household with income at or below 60% of the State Median Income.  A vulnerable household with a person who is disabled, an older adult age 60+, or a child under age 6, income guideline may qualify for a higher basic benefit.

BASIC BENEFIT (for all primary heat source households):
From $240-$535, depending on income, or $295-$590, depending on income if there is a vulnerable person as defined above is in the household.

CRISIS BENEFIT (for deliverable fuel heated households):
Available for households that heat with a deliverable fuel (oil, wood, propane, kerosene): Levels 1-4 (households up to 200% of federal poverty guideline), the benefit is $550.  Level 5 (households from 200% of the federal poverty guideline to 60% of the state median income), the benefit is $250.

SAFETY NET  (for deliverable fuel heated households):
For households that heat with a deliverable fuel (oil, wood, propane, kerosene): $415. Eligible households may be eligible to receive up to two Safety Net deliveries of $415 each.  Vulnerable households may be eligible to receive up to three Safety Net deliveries of $415 each.  Households must complete a risk assessment to determine if they qualify for Safety Net Assistance benefits.

RENTERS BENEFIT:
For households up to 60% of the state median income guidelines whose heat is included in their rent and whose rent is more than 30% of their income: $100-$140, depending on income level. Households that pay less than 30% of their income on rent and receive SNAP benefits may qualify for a payment of $20.01, which is issued directly by DSS (This results in a recalculation of their SNAP benefits that might result in increased SNAP benefits).

ASSET LIMIT:
Homeowners:  $15,000 in liquid assets
All others:  $12,000 in liquid assets
(Liquid assets are assets that can be readily accessed. Stocks, mutual funds, savings and checking accounts, CDs are all liquid assets.) Home equity, car values, life insurance policies are not considered liquid assets.

EXCEPTION TO ASSET LIMIT:
Households whose assets exceed the allowable limit may still be eligible as the amount over the limit can be added to income. If income is still under the limit after adding in excess assets, client is eligible.

PRIORITIZED SERVICE:
Deliverable fuel heated households who are either without heating fuel, or within one week of being without heating fuel at the time of application, will be eligible to receive prioritized services, including prompt eligibility processing. Households determined eligible will receive a fuel delivery authorization within 24 hours of the date of application.

APPLICATION:
By appointment, unless noted. People who heat with electric or gas are usually given later appointments. People must apply in person, unless they are homebound, and must apply EVERY YEAR. If they have received an application form in the mail from DSS, they must call and make an appointment and take their form to their application site when they have their appointment. People who are homebound have the option of applying by mail. Receiving an application in the mail does NOT mean that the household has applied.

How to Apply:

Apply in person, or by appointment, at local Community Action Agencies.  Individuals who are homebound can contact the community action to discuss the option of applying by mail.  Homebound applicants can mail their completed application to the main office of the CAA that manages CEAP for their community.

What to Bring With You When You Apply: Checklist of Required Documentation:

English version – http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/w1105checklist.pdf

Spanish version –  http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/w1105sspanishchecklist.pdf

 

2016-2017 TIMETABLE FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT HEAT WITH OIL AND OTHER DELIVERABLE FUELS:

11/9/16: First day for fuel deliveries for which CEAP will pay.
11/9/16: First day for authorization of fuel deliveries. (Oil, coal, kerosene, propane, wood)
3/15/17: Deadline for deliverable fuel authorizations or deliveries from Basic Benefits, Crisis Assistance, or Safety Net Assistance (LAST day for fuel deliveries for which CEAP will pay).
5/1/17: Last day a household that heats with oil or other deliverable fuels can apply to establish eligibility for CEAP benefits; once deemed eligible, they can submit current or outstanding deliverable fuel bills for payment to vendor
5/31/17: Last day to submit deliverable fuel bills for deliveries made on or after 11/9/16.

2016-2017 TIMETABLE FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT HEAT WITH ELECTRICITY OR GAS:

5/1/17: Last day a household heated with gas or electricity can apply unless they have a shut-off notice for its primary source of heat.
5/15/17: Last day that a gas or utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply to establish eligibility.

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SOURCE: State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
PREPARED BY: 211/pt
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September2016