With the winter season approaching and the current economy, it is anticipated that more County residents than in previous years will need financial assistance to heat their homes
Residents who find themselves in need and who meet the income guidelines can apply for a federally-funded, state-administered program that provides an annual grant for heating assistance. Titled the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and run by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, this program provides grants to eligible households for heating costs which include electric, natural gas, oil and other deliverable fuels. Eligible households include those that pay for heating directly or have heating costs included in their rent. A household's gross income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to qualify. For persons age 60 or over, or who are disabled, applications may be received and returned by mail. The application period is from October 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.
Applicants for 2018 LIHEAP funding will also be screened for another program titled the Universal Service Fund Program (USF). Created by the State of New Jersey, this program assists low-income households with their electric and natural gas bills. A household must have a gross income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level and pay more than 3% of its annual income for electric, or more than 3% for natural gas. If a household has electric heat, it must spend more than 6% of its annual income on electricity to be eligible.
To receive more information about these above listed programs and obtain an application, contact NORWESCAP at (973) 383-6020 or (908) 454-4778. For further information, you can also visit www.energyassistance.nj.gov and click on "energy assistance programs."
Maximum Monthly Gross Income Eligibility Levels
FFY 2018 - LIHEAP and USF
|Household Size||LIHEAP Program||USF Program|
|If more than 12, add:||$165 for each person||$610 for each person|
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