Ms. Wong, who is bilingual and an advocate for the City of Bridgeport elderly residents age 60 and older, provides many beneficial services such as: Information and Referrals, Direct services, Health Insurance Counseling, processing and submitting rebate grants for the elderly and disabled persons, intake applications for Energy and Weatherization programs, Assist clients with redetermination cases related to State and Federal entitlements. Outreach to various agencies to provide specific information and benefits for the elderly population.
Tax Relief Renters Rebate program-filing dates are April 1st through October 1st
Program Description: The State of Connecticut law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly 65+ or older or totally disabled, and whose income does not exceed certain limits. This program services to over 3,700 applicants annually. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing may be eligible for this program. The rebate can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons. The Renters rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone/cable) made in the calendar year prior to the year in which the renter applies. An eligible applicant is entitled to a grant from the State, equivalent to the lesser of, the maximum grant amount allowed by the appropriate income table, or thirty five percent (35%) of the amount actually paid by the applicant for rent, and utilities during the benefit year less five percent (5%) of his/hers qualifying income, or the minimum, if it is greater. If an applicant shares rental and utility expenses with someone other than his/hers spouse, grants must be calculated on the shared portion of the total rental and utility expenses assumed to be paid by the individual applicant. (Section 12-170d assumes each pays his/her proportionate share.) This is an outright grant to the eligible applicant and never has to be paid back as long as no fraud nor incorrect information was used to obtain it.
Connecticut Energy Assistance Program-filing dates are October 21th through March 15th
Program Summary: This program is designed to prevent heating service from being shut-off for those eligible households with home heating source such as: Oil, Natural gas, Electricity, Propane, Kerosene, Coal, and Wood. Benefits under this State program are available to homeowners and renters upon meeting income and asset requirements. It provides grants in the form of payments made directly to resident’s fuel supplier on behalf of the resident. The grant will not pay for the entire bill, but only a portion of it. Elderly (age 60 or older), disabled or children under age of 6 are categorized as “Vulnerable” household and therefore they’re eligible for up to $880 of winter heating assistance and depending upon available funds.
Energy renters whose heating is included with their rent and who pay more than 30 percent of their gross income toward rent can qualify for a rebate winter heating check.
Choices Volunteer Counselor – helps older adults and other people with Medicare understand their Medicare coverage and healthcare options. As well as information on other several topics. The Choices Volunteer Counselors receives extensive training and experience helping individuals to understand health insurance issues including: Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Drug Benefits, Supplemental Medigap Policies and Long-Term Care Insurance Policies. My role as a Choices Counselor is to provide free, unbiased and accurate information to empower the Medicare beneficiaries to make the most informed decision.
State and federal Entitlements- direct services for redetermination cases on programs such as: Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) known as food stamps, Medicare Savings Program (QMB, SLMB, and ALMB), Low Income Subsidy program (LIS) known as “Extra Help Plan” for prescriptions, Husky C also known as (Medicaid).
Information & Referrals- Housing concerns, Adult day care, Home health care, Transit reduce fare program for the elderly 65+ and permanent disabled individual, Safe Link wireless phone programs, and other wide variety of topics.
Marie J. Heller
Department on Aging
307 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604