Sec. 16a-41(b)-1 - Definitions

ยง 16a-41(b)-1. Definitions

As used in Sections 16a-41(b) -1 through 16a-41 (b)-16 inclusive:

(a) "Applicant" means any person who is age eighteen or older or the head of a household and who has signed an application for energy assistance.

(b) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources.

(c) "Connecticut Energy Assistance Program" means a program to offset winter heating costs of the state's lower income households whose gross incomes fall at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

(d) "Crisis Assistance" means a vendor payment on behalf of an applicant household or service recipient who is in a crisis situation.

(e) "Department" means the Department of Human Resources.

(f) "Desk review" means an informal hearing conducted by a service provider agency in response to a written appeal filed by an applicant or service recipient.

(g) "Disabled" means any individual who has a physical or mental impairment, whether congenital or acquired, which substantially limits one or more of life's major activities, has a record of having such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment, including, but not limited to, blindness, epilepsy, deafness or hearing impairment, or reliance on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device.

(h) "Elderly" means any individual 60 years of age or over.

(i) "Excluded income" is as follows:

(1) Payments received for day care or homecare services.

(2) Payments received under Title II of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1902, 42 USC 1636).

(3) The value of the coupon allotment made under the Food Stamp Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 705, as amended, 7 USC 2016(c)).

(4) The value of assistance to children under the National School Lunch Act (60 Stat. 230, 42 USC 1751 et. seq.) as amended by PL 90-302.

(5) The value of assistance to children under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (80 Stat. 889, USC 1780 (b)).

(6) Payments to volunteers under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 as provided by Section 404 (g) of that act (87 Stat. 409, 42 USC 5044).

(7) The value of any assistance paid with respect to a dwelling unit under the United States Housing Act of 1937, the National Housing Act, section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, or Title V of the Housing Act of 1959, as provided by section 2 (h) of PL 94-375 (90 Stat. 1068).

(8) Value of Federally donated foods distributed pursuant to section 32 of PL 94-320 or section 416 of the Agriculture Act of 1949 (7 CFR 250.69e(9) as authorized by 5 USC 301).

(9) Payments for supporting services or reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses made to individual volunteers serving as foster grandparents, senior health aides, or senior companions, and to persons serving in the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and Active Corps of Executives (ACE) and any other programs under Titles II and III, pursuant to section 418 of PL 93-113.

(10) Income from employment or self-employment of individuals under 18 years of age who are at least part-time students and are not heads of household.

(j) "Household" means any individual or group of individuals living together in a house, apartment, stationary mobile home, group of rooms or a single room with either exclusive or shared kitchen facilities and in which the individuals share living expenses.

(k) "Included income" is as follows:

(1) "Income from employment" means the gross earnings from salaries, wages, and tips for all household members excluding those cited in Section 16-41(b)-1(i) (10).

(2) "Income from self-employment" means the total gross profit from business enterprises, including farming, for all household members, excluding those cited in Section 16-41(b)-1(i) (10), remaining after the total cost of business expenses or cost of production of the income is deducted from the gross income. Personal expenses such as income tax payments, social security deductions, lunches, transportation, etc., are not classified as business expenses.

(3) "Income from all other sources" means gross income from whatever source derived (except as excluded in subsection (i) of this section) including, but not limited to: pensions, annuities, dividends, interest (if more than $10.00 a month), rental income, boarders, estate or trust incomes, royalties, social security or supplemental security income, veterans' benefits, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, alimony, child support, and cash assistance from federal, state, and municipally funded assistance programs that are not otherwise expressly excluded as income by federal or state laws for purposes of these regulations.

(l) "Life threatening situation" means a household that is without or within one week of being without its primary deliverable heating fuel and lacking resources to pay for fuel without depriving the household or individual of the ability to pay for food, shelter, utilities and necessary medical expenses.

(m) "Primary heating fuel" means the principal fuel, either deliverable or a utility, used by a household to heat its dwelling unit.

(n) "Renters" means households which do not make direct vendor payments and includes owners of dwelling units where the primary source of heat is not separately billed to the household by a vendor.

(o) "Service provider agency" means an entity that is under contract with the Department to provide fuel assistance services.

(p) "State Appropriated Fuel Assistance Program" means a program to provide fuel assistance to elderly and disabled persons whose household gross income is between 150 and 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

(Effective July 30, 1992)

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