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This program is available to union members/union households only.

Operation Fuel does not work directly with individual applicants, but rather with agencies listed as Fuel Banks. Operation Fuel have their own policies and procedures that Fuel Banks must abide by.

Although Operation Fuel serves households whose income does not exceed 60% of the State Median Income Guidelines (please see chart below for reference), United Labor Agency has made it known that union members and union households typically do not qualify for assistance because of being over in income, however, that does not mean that these households and residents do not have a need for temporary help and relief. Operation Fuel is willing to work with United Labor Agency in assisting working people who may be suffering from the following issues:

  • Catastrophic events regarding family emergencies, illnesses, injuries, etc.
  • Loss of job
  • Laid off workers
  • Strikers
  • Locked out employees

Household Size Maximum Yearly Income
1 $33,881
2 $44,305
3 $54,730
4 $65,155
5 $75,580
6 $86,005
7 $87,959
8 $89,914

Things you need to know:

  • Operation Fuel has two separate programs: primary and secondary utility and other fuel sources.
    • Primary fuel sources are for heating purposes and deliverable fuels.
    • Secondary fuel sources are gas and electric utility bills.
  • Operation Fuel requests that applicants applying for deliverable fuel or other heating fuel sources apply through the state first for energy assistance prior to applying for Operation Fuel.
    • The energy assistance program through the state is known as Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).
      • CEAP is only available during certain parts of the year and have a handful of designated agencies who take in applications.
      • The application process is extensive and applicants are served by appointment, first come first serve. To find out more about CEAP, the application process and how to make an appointment please refer to the following link: click here.
    • If denied by the state for being over income you can then attempt to apply for Operation Fuel through United Labor Agency.
    • If denied by the state for being over in assets than Operation Fuel will not approve the application.
  • Operation Fuel will only grant a one-time $500 amount per calendar year to each household to go towards utilities or heating.
  • Operation Fuel is energy blind – meaning that an applicant, if approved, can receive assistance for any kind of heating source such as oil, electric, natural gas, wood, kerosene, propane, pellets and other energy sources.
  • In order to complete an application, Operation Fuel requires the following documentation:
    • Past due bill and shut off notice (for utility assistance)
    • Last 4 weeks of income documentation for each member of the household
    • Payment history with utility company over the last 12 months; you must have made at least 4 payments within the last 12 months in order to be approved.
    • If applying for deliverable fuel, applicant must have a name and contact information for the company they wish to receive fuel from.
    • If denied through the state for energy assistance regarding heating of your home, please bring denial letter with you stating reasons for denial of assistance.
  • Operation Fuel does not send any applicant or Fuel Bank money. Operation Fuel sends payments to utility and fuel companies directly.