Operation Fuel: Poor households in CT short $784M for heating bills

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By Keith M. Phaneuf

Editor’s note:  Operation Fuel partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance.

In order to apply for any Operation Fuel grant, you must submit an application through one of their partnering agencies. You can find your local fuel bank by connecting with 2-1-1, Connecticut’s free information and referral service. By dialing 2-1-1, a toll-free number throughout Connecticut, callers can reach knowledgeable, multilingual staff and get information, referrals or seek help in a crisis. 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. TDD access is available.

If you are not in need of assistance, you can help! In 2014, Operation Fuel helped more than 17,000 individuals, including over 6,700 children. It provided support to 1,600+ seniors and helped small businesses lower their energy burden through their Project Best Program. Visit their website,,  to learn how you can support their efforts to ensure no home is left out in the cold this winter, with 92% of contributions directly helping those in need.

Poor Connecticut households this winter will face about $784 million in energy bills above what they can afford, according to a new study released by Operation Fuel early this month.

The report by the Hartford-based, nonprofit heating assistance group also said the number of households unable to meet their winter energy bills now tops 305,000 – a 32 percent increase since 2011. And that $784 million cumulative gap has tripled since 2006.

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