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The Town of East Haven Social Services Department assists East Haven residents with various local and State of Connecticut assistance programs. Through the generosity of community organizations, local churches, and individuals, the Social Services Department is able to provide all East Haven residents in need of assistance with access to the local food pantry, clothing for children, back to school supplies, camp scholarships and holiday baskets.

Social Services are a member of the Connecticut Local Administrators of Social Services (C.L.A.S.S.)

Location: Lower level of East Haven Town Hall
Phone: 203–468–3303 and Fax: 203–468–3947
• Printable East Haven Social Services Directory of Services.


The Town of East Haven Social Services Department collaborates with the Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) to administer the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. This program is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut’s lower income households.

March 1, 2015 is the last day to apply for assistance for oil customers.
Please call the East Haven Senior Center, 203–468–3277, for an appointment. At this time we are only taking applications for deliverable fuels which include oil.

To date Social Services has processed over 300 Energy Assistance applications from town residents who heat with oil. For more information, please contact Social Services at 203–468–3303.

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• East Haven residents whose primary heating source is gas or electric can now apply for energy assistance through the 2014–2015 Connecticut Energy Assistance program. The Connecticut Energy Assistance program is a state and federally funded program which assists East Haven families with fuel expenses for their primary heating source. The program is designed to provide Energy Assistance to individuals and families that meet federal income guidelines. The Town of East Haven Social Services Department coordinates this program.

Appointments will be available Monday–Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Social Services office, located in East Haven Town Hall, 250 Main Street. This service is available by appointment only for East Haven residents. To schedule an appointment please call the Town of East Haven Senior Center at 203–468–3277. The last date to apply is April 15, 2015.

Program eligibility is determined by the total income of the applicant’s household. The following documents must be brought in at the time of appointment for all household members 18 years of age or older:
• Last 4 weeks of any income documentation.
• Most recent bank statements.
• Most recent UI bill even if it is not your primary heating source.
• Most recent gas bill if you heat with gas.

IMPORTANT: If you have already applied for energy assistance this year and need to check the status of your application or request oil please call the Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) at 203–387–7700.


Available to elderly (65+) and totally disabled homeowners who meet income guidelines. Application period is February 1st through May 15th. Call the East Haven Assessor’s office at 203–468–3233 for details.


The Town of East Haven begins accepting applications for the State of Connecticut’s Renters’ Rebate program on May 15, 2015. The state program provides a reimbursement for East Haven renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. The rebate amount is based on graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments made in 2013. Last year, 466 East Haven residents received $248,000.

Residents of East Farm Village, Wood View and Union School Apartments will be able to apply on site during designated times and dates. Please contact the resident services or management staff for exact times and dates.

All other qualified residents must schedule an appointment by calling the Town of East Haven Senior Center at 203–468–3277. Applications will be accepted through September. All checks will be mailed by the State of Connecticut in October, regardless of when the application is submitted. The Renters’ Rebate Program is coordinated by the Town of East Haven Social Services Department. For more information please contact Bob Petrucelli, MPA, Interim Director of Social Services at 203–468–3303.


Your Town of East Haven ADA Compliance Officer is Candace Criscuolo appointed in June of 2012. Her office is located in the Finance Department on the lower level of East Haven Town Hall. To report violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act email Candace Criscuolo or call Candace at 203–468–3210.


• State & Federal Programs
• Healthcare for Uninsured Kids and Youth (HUSKY)
• Medical Insurance for Single Adults
• Stated Assisted General Assistance (SAGA)
• Connecticut Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract to the Elderly and Disabled (CONNPACE)
• Food Programs
• Emergency Shelter
• Employment Assistance


The East Haven Senior Center at 91 Taylor Ave. offers information and support services. Call 203–468–3277 for more information or visit the Senior Center page.

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