Help With Winter Heating Bills Begins; Eligible NJ Residents are Urged to Apply for Assistance

1 11 2007

 Cool weather is finally arriving and the heating season has begun. An important energy assistance program is available effective today to help low-income residents pay their heating bills, and all eligible residents are urged to apply. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is federally funded and administered by DCA through select community-based organizations.

The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and PSE&G, the state’s largest utility, are partnering to get the word out and to encourage residents to fill out an application.

“Fewer than half the eligible families in NJ applied for energy assistance last year,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO. “PSE&G and the state are working with community leaders and social service agencies state-wide to ensure that individuals learn about and take advantage of this valuable program.”

Applications and assistance will be available at PSE&G Customer Service Centers at various locations around the state. In addition, information about the assistance programs is being posted on bus shelters in Jersey City, Newark, and in Camden County.

“Thanks to Governor Corzine’s leadership and with the continued support of PSE&G, LIHEAP will be run more effectively and efficiently this year,” said DCA Acting Commissioner Joseph Doria. “We urge people to visit their local community action agency or community based organization, or log on to DCA’s website to determine eligibility and get an application.”

The LIHEAP season begins today. Applications may be submitted until March 31. Individuals are urged to apply as soon as possible, as it takes approximately 4-6 weeks to process a properly completed application. The average LIHEAP grant is approximately $400.

A second energy assistance program, the Universal Service Fund (USF), also is available to the low-income community. When consumers apply for LIHEAP, they automatically are applying at the same time for USF. Eligibility for USF is based on income and energy use.

The chart below provides maximum monthly income guideline levels for both LIHEAP and USF.


LIHEAP & USF Maximum Monthly Gross Income Levels for the                          Period of 10/1/07 to 9/30/08

Maximum Gross                      Maximum Gross     Household Size       Monthly Income    Household Size   Monthly Income           1                 $1,489               7              $4,534           2                 $1,997               8              $5,042           3                 $2,504               9              $5,549           4                 $3,012              10              $6,057           5                 $3,519              11              $6,564           6                 $4,027              12              $6,770

Please Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12,                      add $135 for each additional member.

The following PSE&G Customer Service Centers will have representatives from community-based organizations (on days and times specified) available to help customers complete the LIHEAP/USF applications:

    Bergen County     Bergen County CAP at PSE&G Hackensack Customer Service Center     214 Hudson Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601     Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Essex County     La Casa de Don Pedro at PSE&G Newark Customer Service Center     80 Park Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102     Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

LaCasa de Don Pedro at PSE&G West Orange Customer Service Center     59 Main Street, West Orange, NJ 07052     Wednesday & Friday 9 am - 4:00 pm

Hudson County     P.A.C.O. at PSE&G Jersey City Customer Service Center     3 PATH Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306     Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm starting November 5

Middlesex County     Puerto Rican Action Board at PSE&G New Brunswick Customer Service Center     1 Penn Plaza, Albany & French Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901     Fridays, 10 am - 4 pm

Passaic County     UPO at PSE&G Passaic Customer Service Center     651 Main Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055     Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Applications for LIHEAP and USF are available at all of PSE&G’s 16 Customer Service Centers. Locations and hours are listed on customer bills. More information can be found by calling the utility at 1-800-510-3102 or visiting www.pseg.com/billpaymentassistance.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Community Affairs. For more information from DCA, please call 609-633-6200, or log on to http://www.nj.gov/dca/dcr/wap/index.shtml.

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three- quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).

SOURCE PSE&G

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24 11 2008
Virginia Wicki

Please advise where I need to apply to get assistance with my home heating oil. I am 83 years old, live alone and income is less than $23K. Thank You

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