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Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

PACO | Puertorriquenos Asociados For Community Organization > Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

How To Apply

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides payment assistance on your electric, gas and/or oil bills. Applicants must provide a copy with the application of the following documents:

 

  • Application, filled and signed – Click here
  • Most recent Utility Bill and/or Oil Bill
  • Proof of Address (Lease or Mortgage)
    • IF NO LEASE, MUST COMPLETE LEASE VERIFICATION FORM – Click here
  • Proof of Income (for all household members 18 and over)
    • NOT WORKING, MUST COMPLETE ZERO INCOME FORM – Click here
  • Social Security Cards (for all household members)
  • Additional Program Forms
    • Required Documents Form – Click here
    • Applicant Disclosure Form – Click here
    • Physician’s Certification Form – Click here
    • USFHEA Recertification Form
      • For English – click here
      • Para Español – haga click aqui

If you prefer an application mailed to you, please CLICK HERE

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Do you need help with your application?

About The Home Energy Assistance Program

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) qualifying households can apply for heating bill and energy crisis assistance. Qualifying households may also receive emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance with the program. Benefits are from the federally funded Department of Health and Human Services.

 

For more information on the NJ Department of Community Affairs Home Energy Assistance Program please visit:


https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/hea.html

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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)

  • EA begins March 16th during program cycle.
  • Shut off notice from utility company.
  • Statement certifying fuel has run out for deliverable fuels.

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.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Annual energy usage.
  • 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.

Do you need assistance with your home energy plans?