The Eisenhower Senior Center on every other Thursday from 10:00AM to 12:00PM has a SWCAA outreach worker that is an advocate for the city of Bridgeport. She is on site and is bilingual. She services 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, Assist clients with re-determination 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.
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.
Please contact the center for any questions regarding information and referrals.
Marie J. Heller
Department on Aging
307 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604