Happy Holidays, Energy Assistance, And More

December 22, 2023

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Dear Neighbor,

From my family to yours, I want to take a moment to send my best wishes for the holiday season, and express that it is my sincere honor to represent you and work on issues that matter to our community and Connecticut.

Remember that as we celebrate, we also share many blessings, so in the spirit of the season, please spread joy and make these holidays truly special.

Below I share information on energy assistance and a new program that will make applying for higher education much easier - and less expensive - for graduating high school students.
Energy Assistance
The Governor’s office is stepping in to provide relief on energy bills for low-income residents. $10.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funding will go to energy efficiency programs that help provide weatherization, energy retrofits, and rebates. Connecticut’s utility-administered efficiency programs have a track record of reducing energy costs for consumers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the state’s energy efficiency programs, Home Energy Solutions (HES), provides home energy audits and core weatherization measures, such as air and duct sealing. Through this program, certain income-qualified customers may even qualify for a no-cost energy assessment.

Connecticut is offering a wonderful new program that will make applying for higher education much easier - and less expensive - for graduating high school students. The Connecticut Automatic Admission Program allows students who meet certain criteria to be automatically admitted to several Connecticut colleges and universities by filling out a single application form, free of charge!

The following colleges and universities are participating in the program:

  • Central Connecticut State University in New Britain
  • Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic
  • Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven
  • Western Connecticut State University in Danbury
  • Mitchell College in New London
  • University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport
  • University of New Haven in New Haven
  • University of St. Joseph in West Hartford
  • Goodwin University in East Hartford

Don't delay: the deadline to apply for high school seniors who are graduating this spring is January 4, 2024.

Graduating seniors in the top 30% of their class, as identified by their individual high school counselors, are eligible.

Applying for college can be an intimidating, time-consuming, and expensive process. But with the Automatic Admission Program, applying for some of our great state schools is more accessible than ever - evening the playing field for all applicants, particularly first-generation, low-income, and minority students.


Learn More About the Program & How to Apply

Your calls, emails, and testimony at public hearings during the legislative session had a direct influence on these new laws. Thank you for your input, and please continue sharing your views and making your voice heard during our legislative process.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns at Josh.Elliott@cga.ct.gov or 860-240-8585.


Josh Elliott

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