WESTPORT — Although recent late-summer has been pleasantly warm, autumn comes calling in less than two weeks, and with it, cooler temperatures that herald winter.

The seasonal change has prompted town Human Services Director Elaine Daignault to encourage income-eligible residents to apply for Connecticut’s federally funded Energy Assistance Program. 

Applications for home-heating assistance will be available from the Human Services Department, starting Oct. 1 and through April 30, 2022.

Because of the pandemic, walk-in appointments at the department will not be accepted. Applications will be processed electronically or via postal mail.

CEAP is designed to help low-income households pay winter heating bills. Individuals and families qualify for CEAP based on gross annual income and household size. 

For example, households with a gross yearly income at or below 60 percent of the state median income ($39,027 for one person and $51,035 for a family of two), and liquid assets below $15,000 must provide all required documentation to determine eligibility, according to the human services release.

A full explanation of income guidelines can be found at the state’s website here.

“Westport is fortunate to have a local Warm-Up Fund, which is made possible by the community’s generosity,” Daignault said in the release. “This fund provides another eligibility option based on area median-income limits, thus offering an additional layer of support for families that are slightly over the state guidelines and may benefit from additional services through our department.” 

  • Income-qualified households with previous CEAP applications on file will receive mailed application instructions in the coming weeks.  
  • Those filing a new application should contact the Human Services Department for information at 203-341-1050 or email humansrv@westportct.gov