Sign up now for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program!

Are you familiar with the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program? This free program can help you to pay for your home-heating costs this winter! CRT can help you to apply now!
And, this year, more households than ever before may be qualified for this valuable service. Fuel deliveries will begin on November 2, 2020, so now is the time to apply!

CRT spoke with Shannon Miller from NBC Connecticut about how people can apply now:

For more information, visit the Energy Assistance page or call the hotline at 860-560-5800. Call center representatives speak both English and Spanish.

An enormous mural featuring the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former First Lady Michelle Obama will soon be appearing in Hartford at CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center at 330 Market St. in Hartford.

CRT recently announced plans to rename its Women’s Empowerment Center after Ginsburg, and now we have put out a call for artists to submit a design for this mural project. The brick wall is about 105 feet wide, and from the ground the height available is 29 feet, so the total mural size could be massive.

Lena Rodriguez, president and CEO of CRT, spearheaded the drive to rename the building and to create the mural.

“The work she has done and the barriers she has gone through paved the way for women in law, women in social justice, all women and all people in general,” Rodriguez said. “Learning about her passing was really hard. I thought, what could we do as a state to honor her?”

Get more details about this important project in this article by Susan Dunne in the Hartford Courant.

Providing Home-Heating Assistance in Connecticut

Home-heating assistance through the CT Energy Assistance Program is scheduled to begin delivery in two weeks (Nov. 2, 2020), but applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible.

CRT can help individuals and families to apply for this valuable program now.

Learn more in this interview featuring CRT by reporter Solangi Sosa on Telemundo New England.

For more information, check out the Energy Assistance page.

CRT is proud to be working with Access Health CT as a Navigator helping people find and sign up for quality health insurance coverage here in Connecticut!

Learn more in this short video:

Get more information about the program and how to sign up for health insurance on our Navigator page.

CRT urges residents to apply now for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and find out if you qualify to receive help paying for your home-heating bills this winter! Demand is expected to rise due to COVID-19 and higher unemployment this year.

Fuel deliveries begin Nov. 2, so the time to apply is now!

Learn more in this article by Steven Goode in the Hartford Courant.

To begin the application process, please call CRT’s Energy Assistance hotline at: 860-560-5800 or visit the web page for more information.


Photo by Nadia Valko on Unsplash.

It’s the ” Final Countdown!” The deadline to complete the 2020 U.S. Census is now end of day on Thursday, October 15. If you have not yet filled out your Census, now is the time to get it done!

Get complete details about the dangers of a low Census count in this report by Dominique Moody on NBC Connecticut:

Help ensure a complete and accurate count of all households in Connecticut and especially in hard-to-reach cities like Hartford where the self-enumeration rate is still below 50%!

Take five minutes and complete your Census now:

Remember, #EveryoneCounts!

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz along with OPM Secretary Melissa McCaw hosted a Women in Leadership panel discussion this week. A recording of that important conversation is now available online.

The session was co-moderated by CRT’s President and CEO Lena Rodriguez, and it also included several Latinas in leadership positions throughout Connecticut:

  • Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools
  • Evelyn DeJesus-Trinidad, Nurse Manager for the Medical-Surgical ICU at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
  • Dr. Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Dr. Zulma Toro, President of Central Connecticut State University.

Give a listen to the full conversation now.


Nationally, first-time unemployment claims topped 840,000 people last week. And despite the start of Phase 3 of the reopening of businesses here in Connecticut, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a hard toll on many women in the workplace locally, many either choosing to leave jobs to stay home with their family, or out of work due to business closures.

It has been reported that in September, 865,000 women left the labor force.

Christine Stuart from NBC Connecticut spoke with CRT’s Director of Women’s Services, Tenesha Grant, about the work of the agency’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford to help women in need find meaningful employment during these extremely difficult times.

Happy Energy Awareness Month! Ray Dunaway and Joe D’Ambrosio on the WTIC 1080 AM Morning Show spoke with Jason Black from the Community Renewal Team (CRT) about the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program which can help eligible households throughout Central Connecticut to apply for home-heating assistance this winter. Find out if you qualify! They also spoke about Weatherization services to make your home more energy efficient all year round.

To learn more about the Energy Assistance Program, please call CRT’s hotline at: 860-560-5800. Call center reps are available and they speak English and Spanish for your convenience.

Listen to the full interview now.

Jason Black from CRT spoke with reporter Brenda León from Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) this week about the benefits of additional time to complete the 2020 U.S. Census this month.

And while the enumeration rate for the Census in Connecticut is 99.9%, the self-response rate in Hartford is not nearly as good, and continues to be below 50%. (Reported by the U.S. Census Bureau as 48.9% as of Oct. 7.)

An inaccurate count (i.e., if the count is low or incomplete) could affect funding decisions by the federal government for the next 10 years, which will then impact people statewide in Connecticut, with the potential to cut budgets for programs that we all rely on, like SNAP benefits, energy assistance, health care, education and much more.

Check out the full story on the Connecticut Public Radio website.

The new deadline to complete the 2020 Census is October 31, 2020. If you have not yet completed the Census, please take five minutes to do it now! Start here.