NOW Energy Assistance Program helps those who meet certain income-eligibility and geographic requirements may obtain help with their energy costs from one or more of the Energy Assistance programs administered by New Opportunities Inc. 

The organization’s Energy Division offers both financial aid and, where needed, support in the form of Weatherization.

Services: Electric Service Payment Assistance, Gas Service Payment Assistance

Hours: Call for an appointment

Eligibility: Person is in an EXTREME emergency

Additional Services: 

Participating Operation Fuel Sites Provide A Cash Grant Paid Directly to A Gas or Electric Utility to Help Income Eligible Households in A Crisis Situation Meet Home Energy Expenses. The Grant Amount Can Be Lower Than the Stated Maximum and Is Determined by Operation Fuel Staff.



Place: 140 Main St. Torrington, CT 06790
Contact: 860-489-2211

Rent and Fuel Assistance: The Sullivan Senior Center is not just a place for recreation. The senior community looks to the Center for help with processing their assistance applications. Energy Assistance, Renters Rebate, Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Program, Income Tax Assistance and Title XIX. Appropriate referrals are made to social service agencies, such as Protective Services for the Elderly, Legal Services, Financial Counseling, Housing, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Home Care and Health Services and the Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington.  Notary services are available.
Fuel Assistance Program: This program is designed to help people pay for their winter home heating costs, if they qualify, by directly paying the oil company or utility company for money awarded to their household. If heat is included in a person’s rent, the renter must be paying more than 30% of their income for their monthly rent to qualify.  
Applications are taken for senior citizens from October 1 through March 15 (thru April 15 for Utility Fuel Assistance) Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by appointment. Call 860-489-2211.



Services: Electric Payment Assistance, Gas Service Payment Assistance Heating Fuel Payment Assistance

Eligibility: Residents of Torrington, Goshen, Harwinton, Bantam, Litchfield, Morris, Hartland, Norfolk, Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Warren and New Hartford


Warm Thy Neighbor Operation Fuel, Inc.

The Energy Assistance Program is funded primarily by Operation Fuel, Inc., which is a non-for-profit agency operating solely on donations and grants.  For more information visit Operation Fuel at:  http://www.operationfuel.org

Applications: Clients must apply for and have exhausted the  CEAP (Connecticut Energy Assistance Program) before applying for Operation Fuel.   

For more information about CEAP, call Info line (211) or go http://www.infoline.org

Once a client has exhausted the CEAP program, or if a client has been found “ineligible” for any reason and feels that they are still in need of assistance, they may call for an appointment with Operation Fuel.  (Applications are done by appointment only.)

Potential clients may call (860) 482-7300 for an appointment:

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Towns served: Torrington, Goshen, Harwinton, Bantam, Litchfield, Morris, Hartland, Norfolk, Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Warren and New Hartford

To find the Operation Fuel in your area go to: www.operationfuel.org

Clients will be required to bring current income information for all household members, including:

4 recent/consecutive pay stubs (if paid weekly)       

2 recent/consecutive pay stubs (if paid bi-weekly)

TPQY printout from Social Security (income verification letter)                     

DSS (Department of Social Services) printout if receiving

State assistance 

Proof of Child Support amount/Alimony               

Printout from the VA for Veterans Benefits        

Unemployment printout (if unemployed)             

Retirement benefits                                                

Any other income not specified above

Clients applying for electric or gas assistance will need to bring their current utility bill and the disconnect notice, if applicable.




Description: Population Served: Adults (18+) who have a verifiable substance use disorder AND fall into one of these groups:


Parole / Transitional Supervision (TS)

End of Sentence (EOS) AND in addiction services at either York or Gates

DCF-involved through Women’s Behavioral Health Recovery or Project SAFE

Inpatient substance abuse treatment at Blue Hills Hospital (Hartford) or CVH Merritt Hall (Middletown)

This federally-funded program, administered in Connecticut by Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) provides vouchers to adults with substance use disorders to help pay for a range of community-based clinical treatment and recovery support services. The goals of this program are to expand service capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith- based and community-based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services. All services are designed to assist recipients remain engaged in their recovery while promoting independence, employment, self-sufficiency, and stability.

Contact: Phone: 866-580-3922 (call for screening and referral)
Website:  http://abhct.com/resources_atr.asp



Description: Population Served: Recipients of Medicaid for Low Income Adults (LIA) (formerly SAGA Medical) engaged in behavioral health treatment services who are temporarily unemployed and not receiving cash benefits.

Referral/Drop In: Must be referred by your behavioral health treatment or supported recovery house provider (the person treating you for substance abuse and/or mental health issues).

The Recovery Supports Program (RSP) is a program administered by the State of Connecticut to assist eligible participants with basic living needs. RSP is not an entitlement but rather is designed to provide temporary assistance to eligible participants when no other community resources are available. Recovery Supports are available under several categories, such as: housing assistance; transportation; basic needs (e.g., clothing & personal items); and other appropriate supports that enhance the recipient’s recovery plan. RSP will not provide cash assistance directly to program participants

Phone: Phone: 800-658-4472 (call for screening and referral) 
Website: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=2900&q=334750