Services

    TVCCA Energy Assistance Program- 2021

    Applications will begin to be accepted on August 2nd. As of the printing of
    this newsletter, the guidelines are incomplete and will be updated in upcoming
    newsletters. At this time, there are some very basic things that must be provided
    when you apply. They are:

    *Social Security numbers for all household members.
    *Birth date for all household members.
    *A current active utility bill. The bill must be the listed household members name
    that is age 18 or older. The bill must be complete, which means both top and
    bottom of the bill must be intact before you make payment to the utility
    company. (Usually, the bottom portion of the bill is removed and sent along with
    your payment to the utility company.
    *Current income documentation for every household member: Last four
    consecutive week’s pay stubs (1 pay stub if paid monthly, 2 pay stubs if paid biweekly or 4 pay stubs if paid weekly) and/or Workman’s Compensation benefits
    for the four weeks prior to your appointment date; showing gross income, tips,
    commissions, and bonuses.
    *Currently monthly Social Security, SSI, and/or Veteran’s benefit income
    *Pension or Annuity check stub(s), or a letter from the payer on their letterhead
    stating the gross amount.
    *All bank interest statements and dividend payments for the past month (if more
    than $10.00 per month.)
    *Unemployment statements from the website www.ctdol.state.ct.us or
    unemployment history printout (Within 24 hours prior to the appointment)
    showing the last four consecutive weeks.
    *Income from alimony and/or child support from Child Support Enforcement
    (letter or printout), a bank statement if payment goes directly into a bank
    statement.
    *Rental income. Current documentation verifying the amount of rent you collect
    from your tenant(s).
    *Self-employment…..Must fill out the Self-Employment Worksheet, have it
    notarized and bring your most recent tax return with all schedules attached.
    *DSS cash advance award letter-showing the current income for the household.
    *A signed statement indicating the amount and frequency of payments from
    friends and relatives who are contributing toward your household’s support that
    includes the name, address, and telephone number of the contributing person.

    If you are interested in applying for the program, you have several options.
    I will be accepting applications, by appointment, at the Preston Town Hall and
    Preston Elderly Housing. Phone 860-887-5581 ext. 6 leaving your name,
    telephone number and reason for the call. Or, you can contact the TVCCA Office
    directly and schedule an appointment by calling 860-425-6681. They are located
    at 401 West Thames Street, Unit 201, Norwich, Ct.

    Municipal Medical Transportation Service and Caregiver Transportation Program

    The Town of Preston participates with 11 other towns in collaboration with
    Eastern Connecticut Transportation Consortium and the CT Department of
    Transportation to offer transportation services for medical appointments to
    individuals age 60 and over and disabled adults. (This is a grant funded service
    and there is no guarantee that funding will be available for the entire year).

    To qualify, the program is open to individuals who reside in the Town of
    Preston and have completed a registration form. (Individuals who are eligible for
    free transportation through Medicaid are asked to use that program instead.)
    Currently thirty-six one-way rides for the period of July 2, 2021 – June 30,
    2022 can be provided for medical appointments in New London County as long as
    funds are available.

    Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours in advance but can be
    scheduled up to 2 weeks ahead. Trips can be scheduled during normal business
    hours. Requests for weekend and Monday trips must be made no later than
    Friday by 2 p.m. Personal Care Attendants (or family member acting as an escort)
    may accompany passengers who need extra help with entering and exiting the
    vehicle or have other needs that make traveling independently unsafe.

    In order to protect the health of others, passengers must be free from
    acute illnesses such as flu, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and infections such as
    pneumonia. You may be asked to wear some sort of face covering by your
    transportation provider (unless it is medically contraindicated).
    For additional information on the Medical Transportation Program, please
    contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6.

    Friday, October 1st from 10:00 to 11:00am- Pop-Up drive-Thru Food Distribution

    United Community and Family Service will be at the Preston Senior Center on Friday, October 1st from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. for our monthly food distribution. This program is offered through the generosity of United Community & Family Services, Gemma Moran Labor Food Center and various sponsors such as Charter Oak Bank and Core Plus Credit Union. All are welcome to attend.

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

    UniteCT is an emergency rental assistance for Connecticut’s
    economy. Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19? Are you
    struggling to pay your rent and utilities? Apply for UniteCT, a rental
    assistance program supporting CT residents who earn up to 80% of the HUD
    Area Median Income and their landlords. You may qualify for the
    opportunity to receive…..Missed electric outstanding payments, Missed
    rent or future rent payments. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit:
    www.bit.ly/UniteCT or for additional information, call 1-844-864-8328.

    Renter’s Rebate of Elderly and Totally Disabled Program 2021

    July 2021- Reminder

    As a reminder for individuals applying for the Renter’s Rebate and Totally Disabled Program, the income limits for unmarried individuals are $37,600.00 and $45,800.00 for a married couple. You need to provide proof of income for 2020 including but not limited to Social Security benefits, interest, wages, etc. Information regarding additional documentation essential for the completion of your application may be directed to the Senior Affairs Office. To schedule an appointment, please telephone the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6. Application deadline is October 1st.

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    The Renter’s Rebate Program includes the following requirements for participation:
    1. The claimant must have resided in Connecticut for a one-year period of time prior to filling an application.
    2. Claimant, or spouse, if domiciled together, must have been 65 years of age by the end of the calendar year preceding the filing period; or be 50 years of age or older and the surviving spouse of a  renter, who at the time of his/her death, had qualified and was entitled to tax relief. Persons under 65 years of age who are receiving Social Security or disability benefits deemed comparable by the Secretary of OPM are also eligible (applications filed under the disability provision must be accompanied by current proof of disability.
    3. Qualifying income is considered wages, bonuses, commissions, gratuities and fees; self-employment net income; gross Social Security benefits, Federal Supplemental Security income, dividends, interest, annuities; IRA distributions, Black Lung payments; Green Thumb payments; interest resulting from gifts received; Lottery winnings; net rental income, pensions, Railroad Retirement; severance pay, Unemployment Compensation, Workers Compensation, Alimony, etc.
    4. The qualifying income guidelines for the calendar year 2020 must not exceed $45,800.00 for a married couple and $37, 600.00 for unmarried individuals.
    5. The applicant must provide proof of rent and utilities payments during the 2020 calendar year.
    Individuals interested in making application for the Renters Rebate of Elderly and Totally Disabled Programs are requested to contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6. The  application filing period is April 1st through October 1st.

    The COVID-19 restrictions continue to remain in place. Possibly in the near future, face-to-face appointments will again be offered. Until there is an official lifting of those restrictions, I ask that  those individuals interested in applying for the Renters Rebate program contact the office, make arrangement to drop off your documents in the Blue Drop Box in the front of the Preston Town Hall, 389 Route 2 (include your name and telephone number on the items) and I will contact you by phone to finalize your application.