Operation Fuel and heating assistance available

Fairfield’s Director of Human and Social Services, Terry Giegengack, announced that applications for Operation Fuel and heating assistance are available at the Town’s Social Services office at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield.

Operation Fuel and the heating assistance programs help households pay for their winter heating bills and are based on income eligibility. “Many Fairfield residents, seniors and families struggle with the high cost of heating their homes, especially in the winter season. The frigid temperatures in recent days make it critical that residents are made aware they can call Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3170 for help,” urged Giegengack.

Heating assistance awards are made directly to the heating vendor and vary from $275 to $600, depending on household financial eligibility. Residents, who are interested in applying, should know that benefits are limited and may not cover the full winter’s fuel bill. Documentation of household income for the last four weeks and current bank account statements are required for the heating assistance program. Annual income eligibility for a single person is $34,366; for a couple 44,940; family of three $55,514 and for a family of four $66,098. Last year this heating energy program provided more than $70,000 of heating assistance to more than 200 Fairfield households for their winter heating bills.

The Operation Fuel Program offers a maximum, one time seasonal grant of $500 per household. The Operation Fuel Program’s annual income limits for a single person is $42,958, for a couple: $56,175, for a family of three: $69,393 and for a family of four: $82,611.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Town of Fairfield Human and Social Services webpage, fairfieldct.org/humanservices or call the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities at 203-256-3166 or call directly to Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3170.

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