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Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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About The Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for heating bill and energy crisis assistance. Benefits are from the federally funded Department of Health and Human Services. 2017 LIHEAP assistance program end has been extended to May 31st.

Types of Qualifying Heat

  • Electric
  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Other deliverable fuels

 

  • Renters with heating included in rent may qualify.
  • Medically qualified applicants receive one time cooling assistance annually in May.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Household income & size.
  • Applicant and/or member of the household:
    • Responsible for heating payments.
    • Name appears on bill.

How are benefits paid?

  • Credit applied directly to utility bill.
  • Two-party check to deliverable fuel supplier.
  • Check to clients with heat included in rent.

Emergency Assistance (EA)

  • No EA before March 16th
  • Shut off notice from utility company.
  • Statement certifying fuel has run out for deliverable fuels.
  • $450 maximum heating assistance.
  • Extra $200 EA to avoid electric disconnection.

Universal Service Fund (USF)

About USF

Universal Service Fund (USF), a NJ Bureau of Public Utilities program aimed at making natural gas and electric bills more affordable for households. In some cases, residents may receive both LIHEAP and USF benefits. Applications for USF are accepted year-round.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Annual energy burden.
  • Household income & size.
  • Applicant and/or member of the household:
    • Responsible for heating payments.
    • Name appears on bill.
How Are Benefits Calculated?
  • Energy burden exceeds 3% of household annual income for gas and 3% for electric expenses.
  • Households heating with electric energy must have burden exceeding 6% of annual income.
  • Benefits from HEA and Lifeline are subtracted.
How Are Benefits Paid?
  • Monthly credit direct to the utility account.
  • $5- $150 monthly combined gas and electric, up to $1,800 a year.

Income Criteria

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HEAP can help you with your electric bill
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HEAP can help you with your gas bill

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