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EAA logoCamp Subsidies Are Available at the EAA

The Emergency Aid Association has funding available to subsidize participation for Suffield children and youth attending Suffield Parks & Rec and other camp programs.

The Salvation Army Camp Opportunities:

Summer camp registration has begun for the Salvation Army Camp CONNRI in beautiful Ashford, CT. The camp is open to children age 8-12. The youth overnight camp is only $35 for four nights!

School Supply Collection Needs Your Help:

The Emergency Aid Association is collecting for the “Return-to-School Backpack Program” to assist low-income school age children in Suffield. Spiral notebooks, assorted backpacks, one-inch 3-ring binders, pencils, pens, calculators, ear buds, page dividers, rulers, glue sticks, glue, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, scissors, index cards, folders, ruled paper, and pencil pouches are needed. Monetary donations are also welcome to provide for additional needs. If you can help, please drop off your donations by August 16 to the EAA located at 450 South Street in Suffield.

James F. Coggins, Jr. Community Service Award:

The 2017 recipient of the James F. Coggins Community Service Award is Tatum LaRochelle. In recognition of her commitment, Tatum, a student at Suffield High School, received $1,000. The James Coggins Community Service Award is given each year to a graduating high-school senior who demonstrates selflessness, generosity and concern for the community as evidenced by their volunteer activities. The selection committee reviewed many applications and chose Tatum’s for the level of her commitment to helping others. Tatum has volunteered her time on mission trips, church-sponsored service clubs, Red Cross Blood Drives, teaching Sunday school, Best Buddies, and will be volunteering her time as a camp counselor this summer. On behalf of the EAA scholarship committee, we wish Tatum continued success in all her endeavors!

Blood Pressure Clinics:

The Emergency Aid Association sponsors the following free blood pressure clinics for residents of any age. Appointments are not necessary. Masonicare Partners and Home Health & Hospice staff the clinics which are offered at the Suffield Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information contact the EAA.

Ellington Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program for Suffield Homeowners:

If you are a low or moderate income household, (ex. Family of four may earn up to $65,800) you may be eligible for a deferred payment loan with no interest and no payments as long as you own your home. The loan can be used for roofing, septic, well, plumbing, heating, electrical, handicap accessibility, asbestos/lead abatement, carpentry and other repair work on single and multi-family units up to 4 units.

Call the EAA at 860-668-1986 or call the Ellington Community Development Office directly at 860-870-3132 on Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or leave a message with your name and address, download the application on the Town of Ellington’s web site or apply in person on Tuesdays at the Ellington Community Development Office.

Durable Medical Items Available for FREE Loan to Residents:

The Emergency Aid Association has many medical items available for long and short-term loan to residents, including; wheelchairs, transport chairs, folding walkers, canes, commodes & shower seats. Adult incontinence supplies are also available at no charge.

Renters’ Rebate Program for Elderly and Disabled:

What is the Renters’ Rebate Program? It is a program for Connecticut renters (tenants) who are elderly or disabled and whose incomes do not go over certain limits. There is no asset limit. If you qualify, the Renters’ Rebate Program will send you a rebate check. The amount of the rebate check is based on your income, the amount of your rent and the utility bills that you paid in 2016, (excluding telephone and cable). Rebate amounts can range from $50 to $900. Applications must be made between April 1 and October 1.

You may be eligible if…

You were 65 years of age or older as of 12/31/16; or

Are the surviving spouse of someone who was eligible at the time of his/her death and over 50 years of age; or

If you are permanently and totally disabled and 18 years of age or older;

In addition, you must…

Have lived in Connecticut for any one year period; and

Have rented an apartment, a room, a mobile home, are living in cooperative housing or where property is not owned but is principle domicile by virtue of an oral or written lease; and

Have an income below $35,200/year if you are single or have a combined income below $42,900/year if you are married or in a CT civil union.

There is not an asset limit for this program. There are additional requirements for those that are renting from family members.

You need to bring:

Copy of Social Security 1099 for 2016, if you need a copy, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or go online at ssa.gov

Copies of your electric payments for 2016. If you need help getting this information, call the EAA

Copies of your rental payments for 2016

Copies of all 1099’s for all other income sources

Copy of the front page of income tax, if filed

If disabled, current proof of disability

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Emergency Aid Association at 860-668-1986.

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