Town accepting applications for heating assistance

The town’s director of social services, Tony Phillips, has announced that applications for state energy heating assistance are being taken at the town hall.

The deadline for oil energy assistance is March 1; the deadline for those who heat with utilities is May 1.

The energy assistance program is designed to help households pay their winter heating bills and is based on income eligibility. Despite the warm weather this winter and the relatively lower cost of oil, many residents struggle to heat their homes, Phillips said.

“Any residents who are struggling to pay their heating costs this winter should contact Ridgefield Social Services.  There is help through the state and is available at Town Hall. We are ready to help our residents apply,” Phillips said. “No one needs to go cold. “

Last winter, 150 Ridgefield households applied for heating assistance totaling more than $50,000 in aid. Awards are made directly to the heating vendor and vary depending on household and financial composition. Documentation of household income for the last four weeks and current bank account statements are required.

Phillips said there are other energy and utility programs, like Operation Fuel and through Eversource, that might also be beneficial to residents. Social Services has more information and can provide assistance, 203-431-2754.

Info on the program can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Economic-Security/Winter-Heating-Assistance/Energy-Assistance---Winter-Heating/Apply