Programs

    ECTC Transportation program

    This year, the ECTC (Eastern Connecticut Transportation Consortium)
    medical transportation program has undergone some important changes. We will
    no longer be assessing a membership fee for the year and the one-way trips have
    increased to 24 per year, per person. Individuals who are not already registered
    for the program must register. Please contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-
    887-5581 ext. 6 for additional information. For those individuals utilizing only the
    Caregiver Mileage Reimbursement mileage portion of the program, it remains
    unchanged.
    The Caregiver Mileage Reimbursement and Medical Transportation
    program is for adults 60+ and persons with disabilities who are unable to drive
    and need transportation to a medical appointment that is occurring outside of the
    hours or area that the town funded transportation services operate.
    This service is funded through a state grant. Rides and
    reimbursements are contingent upon the availability of grant funds. When funds
    run out, the provision of rides will be stopped until such time as funds become
    available again.

    Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program

    The application filing period for the Elderly and totally Disabled Tax Relief Program is from February 1 thru May 15, 2021.

    Please be aware that the IRS has issued specific guidance about the 2020 stimulus payments and have stated that these payments are not categorized as income, therefore, any economic stimulus payments received during calendar year 2020 WILL NOT count as income for these tax relief programs.

    Qualifying income guidelines for the Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program are $37,600 for unmarried individuals and $45,800.00 for married persons.

    If you are currently participating in the Homeowner Program and need to reapply, you will receive notice from the Preston Assessor’s Office advising you of that requirement.

    Proof of all sources of income including but not limited to Social Security, pensions, interest statements, employment, etc. are required. If you filed Income Tax, a copy of the signed and dated document is necessary to provide as well. It is extremely important that you provide all necessary documentation for the application to be completed.

    Due to the COVIC-19 pandemic, the application process will change this year. I will be asking you to drop-off your paperwork in the blue Drop Box located at the front entrance to the Preston Town Hall. I will review your information and contact you by telephone to complete your application. I will arrange a time that is mutually acceptable to have you return to the Preston Town Hall to sign the application(s). At which time, I will return any/all original documents which you have provided.

    Please call the office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6 informing me that you dropped off your information at the Town Hall. (if leaving a phone message, please include your name and telephone number. The application process does not begin until February 1st.

    AARP Tax Assistance Program

    Regrettably, the Preston Senior Center will not host the AARP Tax
    Assistance Program during this tax season. The COVID-19 pandemic is the
    primary reason. BUT existing clients will be encouraged to contact the Rose City Senior Center, 8 Mahan Drive, Norwich to receive assistance with their income tax preparation. NO NEW CLIENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Beginning during January, you are encouraged to contact the Rose City Senior Center at 860-889-5960 to schedule an appointment.

    For those individuals who are existing clients only:
    New to the process is that you will have to go to the Rose City Senior
    Center at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to pick-up a booklet to be completed. (This is the same type of information that you would routinely complete at our center). You will need to complete the paperwork and include it with your income tax information. (Do not place your information in a plastic bag as the virus can live longer in that environment). It is suggested that you place your documents in a secure location within your locked vehicle trunk until the time of your appointment.

    Drive-thru service will remain the same as last year. You drive up, staff will
    take your paperwork out of the trunk of your car, they work on it and give you a call on your cell phone when they have questions or when your income tax is completed. Appointments will be available on Tuesday and Thursday only.

    You will also need a cell phone available so that you can be contacted when
    the AARP tax preparer completes your document.

    Do You Need Help Paying Rent due to COVID-19?

    The UniteCT statewide rental assistance program will accept applications beginning March 15, 2021: The new emergency rental and utilities assistance program will be open for applications  starting at 8a.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021. The program may cover up to 12 months of rent & some utility payments. The assistance is available to anyone with a household income at or below 80% of AMI who has experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to apply on line, visit: www.bit.ly/UniteCT. You can also call 1-844-UniteCT (1-844-864-8328) for more information. Tenants and landlords may apply. If the application for assistance is approved, payments will be made directly to the landlord.

    The Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) provides assistance to eligible applicants who are currently experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness. To apply, call 2-1-1 and ask about the Homelessness Prevention Program. The requirements include a Notice to Quit, household income at or below 50%U AMI, risk of homelessness, and affordable rent.

    Undocumented migrants may also apply for rental assistance by contacting the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI) at 203-612-5464 or rentalassist@cirict.org. Information provided by Connecticut Fair Housing Center, 60 Popieluszko Court, Hartford, CT 06106.

    Reminders for Energy Assistance 2020-2021 Season

    March 31, 2021 is the Deadline for fuel authorizations or deliveries.

    May 3, 2021 is 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 is the 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 31st is the last day to submit deliverable fuel bills.