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State Senator Gary Winfield: Your Voice

November 22, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Helping Your Neighbors

Thanksgiving table
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. You may recall the history of this national holiday began in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists--who were on the brink of starvation and decimated by disease--were befriended by Native Americans who taught them how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish and avoid poisonous plants. After the Pilgrims' first successful harvest, a three-day feast was held between the colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. But it wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that a national Thanksgiving Day should be held each November.

Food is a central part of Thanksgiving Day, and is a central part of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Day. But not everyone can afford to enjoy a meal with friends and family during the holidays, or any day. In Connecticut, it is estimated that about one in eight households--12 percent of our population--are 'food insecure,' meaning they have a reduced quality, variety, or desirability of food in their diet. Children are affected, too.

Please take a moment to think of your neighbors and of those less fortunate than you. You can visit the Connecticut Food Bank website to find a local food pantry near you that is accepting food or cash donations, or is in need of volunteers.

The Heating Season Has Begun

heatingWe have been fortunate to experience some unseasonably warm weather so far this fall, but that is all about to change. In the next week or so, daytime highs are going to be 15 degrees colder than we have been experiencing, with overnight lows below freezing. December and January typically average daytime highs in the mid-30's, with overnight lows in the 20's and teens. Brrrr!

If you are worried about being able to pay to heat your home, there is a state program that may help.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut's lower-income households, specifically those households whose incomes fall at or below 60 percent of the state median income (i.e., one person earning under $33,881; two persons earning under $44,305; three persons earning under $54,730; four persons earning under $65,155; etc.).

This winter heating assistance pays for a household's primary heating source--whether it's oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal, wood, or wood pellets--on behalf of eligible households. Please note that the amount of state heat assistance may not cover your home's entire winter heating cost. Both homeowners and renters may apply.

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is administered by the state Department of Social Services, and is coordinated through regional Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with municipal and other nonprofit human service agencies.

For more information on whether you qualify and how to apply, please visit the CEAP webpage.


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