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Bereavement Support Group

Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice is partnering with the EAA to offer an eight-session support group to persons who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will meet at the EAA building located at 450 South Street on Friday mornings beginning September 15 and ending on November 3. The program is offered at no cost and a light lunch will be provided. The Suffield Mini-Bus will be available to assist with transport, but residents must call and reserve in advance. Registration is required and space is limited – please call the EAA for more information.

Durable Medical Items Available for FREE Loan to Residents

The EAA has many medical items available for long and short-term loan to residents, including; wheelchairs, transport chairs, folding walkers, canes, commodes and shower seats. For more information about this free service, call the EAA.

EAA Taking Applications

for the CT Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP) which begins in November.

These government programs are designed to help offset the winter heating costs for eligible households. The goal is to assist eligible Connecticut residents with their fuel needs so that their health is not jeopardized by the inability to afford critical heat. If eligible, and beginning in November, residents may be able to get assistance for heat. Proof of income and liquid assets are required at the time of application for all household members. Both homeowners and renters are encouraged to apply. Please contact the EAA for more information or to schedule an appointment. Residents that heat with a deliverable heat source will be prioritized. More information on eligibility is available at www.ct.gov/staywarm

Blood Pressure Screening Clinics

The EAA sponsors the following free blood pressure clinics for residents of any age. Appointments are not necessary. Masonicare Partners, 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.– noon. For more information contact the EAA.

Renters’ Rebate Program for the 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. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the EAA.

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

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.

Please 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.

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