Governor Ned Lamont announces online request for heat and water aid, deadline extension

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Ned Lamont announced a new online app to help families pay their heating and water bills during the 2021-2022 season.

Eligible residents can now apply online for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) for financial assistance on the State of Connecticut website.

The online application is part of Gov. Ned Lamont’s ongoing efforts to digitize government services to help residents access essential goods and services when needed.

Governor Ned Lamont announced an extension to apply for the program. The original deadline was May 31, but eligible families can now apply until June 30, according to a statement.

CEAP is a federally funded program that provides winter heating assistance to more than 75,000 families each year. Eligible families can receive between $410 and $1,015 in basic benefits. Landlords and tenants are available to apply for the program.

LIHWAP provides families with access to water and households can receive up to $1,000 in water and wasted water benefits.

“Today marks a major step to simplify and facilitate the application for heating and water assistance for residents. I know that rising energy prices are hitting low-income families particularly hard. This program is designed to provide relief,” Governor Ned Lamont said.

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