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Monday, January 29, 2007

Fuel Assistance Programs Available for Westporters

Westport’s Department of Human Services is accepting applications for fuel assistance programs.

“The Department of Human Services is currently offering Westport residents an opportunity to apply for energy awards through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program,” said Human Services Director Barbara Butler.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is administered through Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON), a private nonprofit community action agency serving the greater Norwalk area.

Families who are eligible may receive an award of from $300 to $675.  Eligibility is determined by income, and assets.

In the program with the highest income guidelines, a family of two may earn up to $36,442.

Asset limits for state and federal programs are $7,000 for renters and $10,000 for homeowners, exclusive of residence, furnishings, and personal effects.

Once an application has been completed, NEON will determine eligibility and will notify applicants of a decision for assistance.

“Through the generosity of many residents, the Westport Warm-Up Fund can be an additional source of fuel assistance for Westport residents of all ages,” Butler said.

There is an asset limit of $25,000, exclusive of residence, furnishings, car and personal effects.  The same asset limit applies to the Town Fuel Program with funds appropriated by the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting.

Appointments and home visits may be arranged by calling Sue Lebrija or Maybeth Wirz at (203) 341-1050.

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Posted 01/29/07 at 01:50 PM  Permalink



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