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Assistance Available for Low Income CT Households Facing Utility Shutoffs

August 4 - 2017 – Operation Fuel (OF) is accepting applications for assistance in preventing utility shutoffs in low-income Connecticut households. The delay in the adoption of a state budget has impacted the summer assistance program for some fuel banks, and a few urban areas have stopped accepting applications for utility assistance until the General Assembly finalizes a budget. Operation Fuel will continue to help people as much as possible with donations from individuals and area foundations.

Karen Adamson, Operation Fuel Executive Director, said, “Losing electricity during the hot summer months can create serious issues, especially for young children, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions.”

Operation Fuel is the only year-round assistance program in Connecticut. The winter moratorium, which prevents electricity and gas form being shut off, ended on May 1 and will begin again on November 1, 2017. Meanwhile, households who are in arrears may apply for a one-time allotment of up to $500.

Last summer, Operation Fuel provided $1.2 million in energy assistance. For the fiscal year ending June 30, $3.3 million was provided in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households.