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    TAX RELIEF FOR ELDERLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED RENTERS 2021

    The Renter Rebate Program through the State of CT provides a rebate for renters who are elderly or disabled.  Applications for the Renters Rebate Program are available until October 1st.

    Please call the Senior Center for an appointment.

    To be eligible:

    1. An applicant or the spouse must be 65 or older; or be 100% disabled (per Social Security);  or be 50 and a surviving spouse.
    1. Must have lived in Connecticut for 1 year.
    2. Total 2020 income which includes Social Security must not exceed:

    Married $45,800

    Single $37,600

                   If you collect Social Security, you must provide your SSA1099 for 2020.

    1. Thirty-five percent of the applicant’s annual rent must exceed 5% of the applicant’s income.

    Proof of income received and rent and utility payments made in calendar year 2020 must be provided.

     For residents living at either Twin Haven or the AHEPA housing complexes, you will be contacted.

     

    ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR 20/21 FALL&WINTER SEASON ***NOTE NEW DEADLINES***

    Time is running out  if you are looking to apply for Energy Assistance. If you have not done so and need to apply, please contact the Senior Center as soon as you can.

    The following deadlines are in effect:

    May 20, 2021 – Deadline for fuel authorizations or deliveries.

    June15, 2021 – The last day that a household can apply to establish its eligibility for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut-off notice for its primary source of heat.

    June 15, 2021 – Last day that a utility heated household with a shut-off notice for its primary heat can apply to establish its eligibility for benefits.

    June 15, 2021 – Last day to submit deliverable fuel bills.                           NOTE NEW DEADLINES

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    Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program are being taken at the New London office of TVCCA. This year, due to the COVID pandemic, phone applications will be processed by TVCCA. In order to set up a phone appointment with TVCCA, you will need to call 860-425-6681. They will provide you with further details.

    The Senior Center will assist the Senior and Disabled population of East Lyme with their applications. Please call the Senior Center at 860-739-5859 for instructions on how your application will be processed. For residents who reside in Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes, letters will be sent to you with your instructions.

    To be eligible:

    1. In a one-person household, income can be NO greater than $36,645. In a two-person household, income can be NO greater than $49,228.
    2. If you are a renter, the first $12,000.00 in liquid assets is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines.
    3. If you are a homeowner, the first $15,000.00 in liquid assets is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines.

     

    The following information is required:

    1. Proof of income sources: copy of most recent monthly (quarterly, annual) check or copy of an award letter or copy of most recent bank statement showing the direct deposit. If you are employed you must provide a copy of your four most recent consecutive pay stubs.
    2. Dividends, annuities or interest income (has to be more than $10/month). Copy of a statement for the most recently completed period.
    3. Proof of what you pay for rent. In addition, the name, address and telephone number of your landlord is required. If you are a homeowner and pay a mortgage, you must provide proof of your mortgage payment.
    4. If you have a checking and/or savings account, you must bring in the most recent ENTIRE statement.
    5. If natural gas or electricity heats the household, bring in the most recent ENTIRE statement.

     

    Please remember all members of the household who receive income must report their income.

     

    Update on Fun Trips 2021

    No Senior Center Fun Trips are being planned at this time.

     

    We are hoping these lunch trips will resume by September 2021.

    If things improve sooner than that, we will hit the road!

     

    Wed, June 9th at 1pm- Virtual U: Infamous Duel: Hamilton & Burr

    Join AARP CT Webinar Wednesday as we welcome Professor Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at  Central Connecticut State University as he uncovers the story and intrigue behind the duel between  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. You can probably hum the tune but do you know the story? Join us to learn more about this historic event that has created a new generation of historians!

     

    Webinar: Virtual Healthy Brain Series Thurs, June 3rd, 6pm

    Webinar:  Virtual Healthy Brain Series

    Thurs, June 3rd, 6pm

     In this free, LIVE webinar series, join Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging Dementia Specialist, to learn how to challenge your mind daily, importance of diet, sleep and the blue zones. Q&A with the expert will follow the presentation.

    To register for any HHC virtual class, please call 1-855-442-4373 or visit hartfordhealthcare.org/virtual classes. Once registered you will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.