The Operation Fuel Program is funded by donated dollars that are matched by Eversource. It is a private, nonprofit energy assistance program for people who need emergency help with energy bills and are not eligible for state or federal assistance or have exhausted their benefit. Grants to households are approved at the discretion of the local fuel banks. The program runs from December 1st until May 31st. Applicants are asked to first utilize the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) before seeking assistance from Operation Fuel.
“Mission” eligible households have incomes between 151% and 200% of the federal poverty level. The maximum available Operation Fuel assistance is determined each year but is generally $400-$500 per household during the heating season. Payments are made directly to the company that supplies the household with the heating or utility services.
An exception may be granted to a household in a financial crisis. This could be the inability of a family to pay for a deliverable fuel or a thirty-day outstanding gas or electric bill or when a family must choose between paying for their energy needs, buying food, paying the rent or mortgage, or paying medical bills as a result of unemployment, illness, death, or other emergencies. An exception household must have income lower than 60% of the state median income.
Please call Brookfield Social Services for more information or an appointment at 203-775-7312.