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Connecticut starts accepting applications for low-income winter heating assistance

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Low-income households in Connecticut in need of heating assistance this winter can apply for state help starting Sept. 1. The state has set aside $79 million for the program.

“If it's more or less, like it has been in the last couple of years, we are in pretty good shape. If it's a severe cold winter, we are ready and we know how to get additional resources," said Governor Ned Lamont.

State officials anticipate about 96,000 households in Connecticut might be in need of heating assistance this winter. That’s about 4,000 more than last year.

“Now is the time. Find out if you are eligible to receive this benefit. Don’t wait until later in the season,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Diedre Gifford, encouraging residents to apply early.

The benefits are available for households with 60% of the state’s median income or less. That’s about $76,400 for a family of four. The payments are around $400 and go directly to the utility company or fuel supplier.

Applications are available online.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.