HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont has announced the launch of a new online application for heating and water assistance programs that help income-eligible families pay their utility bills.

Eligible residents can now apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program through a joint online application that is available at ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply.

The governor also announced that the state has extended by one month the deadline by which households can apply for benefits for the 2021-22 season from the original deadline of Tuesday, May 31, to the new deadline of Thursday, June 30.

Additionally, for qualifying households that use oil or propane, the state will pay for fuel deliveries through May 31, 2022.

“For years, we have offered assistance for these programs through only paper-based and in-person applications. Today marks a major step towards making it simpler and easier for residents to apply for heating and water assistance,” Gov. Lamont said. “I know that rising energy prices are hitting low-income families especially hard. This program is designed to provide relief.”

CEAP is a federally funded program that provides winter heating assistance to more than 75,000 income-eligible households every year. Eligible families can receive between $410 to $1,015 in basic benefits alone.

Families may also be eligible for matching payment plans, protection from shutoffs and replacement or repairs for heating equipment and water heaters. Both homeowners and renters are eligible, and assistance is available for natural gas and electric heat, as well as deliverable fuels like oil and propane.

LIHWAP provides water assistance to the same families who are eligible for CEAP. Eligible families can receive up to $1,000 in household water and wastewater benefits.

The programs are administered through local Community Action Agencies across the state. In addition to applying online at ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply, residents can also contact their local CAA with additional questions or to apply for assistance in-person or over the phone.

To apply online for CEAP or LIHWAP, visit ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply.

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