Services

    ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR 20/21 FALL&WINTER SEASON

    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:

    March 31, 2021 – Deadline for fuel authorizations or deliveries.

    May 3, 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.

    May 14, 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.

    May 31, 2021 – Last day to submit deliverable fuel bills.

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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.

     

    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.

     

    Thu, April 8th at 1pm- Webinar: Home Safety & Fall Reduction for the Older Adult

    In this free, LIVE webinar session, join resource coordinator, Marc Levesque, to learn more about aging considerations work knowing in terms of environmental modifications, fall prevention, and polypharmacy dangers to make home even safer. 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/virtualclasses. Once registered you will receive an email with easy instructions on joining the virtual class.

    Sponsored by: Hartford HealthCare

    SENIOR & DISABLED HOMEOWNERS’ TAX RELIEF 2021

    The State of Connecticut offers a state run Elderly Tax Benefit known as the Circuit Breaker. It is for eligible real estate taxpayers within the Town of East Lyme. To apply, you must have reached the age of 65 prior to     December 31, 2020 or be totally disabled if under the age of 65. You are applying for a credit on the taxes due on your primary residence in East Lyme. Under the law, Social Security income MUST be declared and the program requires you to provide information regarding all GROSS income received during 2020.

    The new income limit, including GROSS income and Social Security:

    $45,800 for married couples and

    $37,600 for single persons.

                            LOCAL TAX CREDIT OPTION:

    Also, the Town of East Lyme provides on Additional Tax Relief for elderly and totally disabled homeowners. The new income limit, including GROSS income and Social Security is

    $45,800 regardless of marital status.

    For further information, contact the Assessor’s Office at the Town Hall.

     

    Filing dates for the above programs are February 1, through May 15, 2021.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assessor’s Office does not yet know how they will be processing the applications.

    Please call their office before you go to the Town Hall.

     

    There is also a Veteran’s Exemption that is available. For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office.

     

    Thursday, April 1st- HEARING CLINIC with Audiology Concierge – First Thursday of the Month

    Time: 10:00am

    Hearing Clinic with Audiology Concierge – Nancy Jablonski

    This monthly clinic will consist of free hearing tests,hearing aid checks, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations.

    Appointments are required and begin at 10am. Appointments are 45 minutes.

    Please call to schedule your appointment at 860-739-5859.