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Utility Bills Help

There are many reasons families struggle to pay their bills. Unemployment, medical bills or even a car repair can break a budget. The good news is that there is help available to help pay energy bills.

Programs are available to provide financial assistance to moderate income customers, senior citizens, and people on disability, as well as low income customers. New Jersey residents who need help paying their energy bills can call 1-800-510-3102 to find out if they qualify for assistance, and how to apply. Representatives are available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week.

Many people who qualify for energy assistance assume they don’t meet program requirements. Others may think the application process is difficult—and it is not. There is help available for most income levels. NJ SHARES, the PAGE Grant, or the TRUE Grant can help families who have fallen behind on their electric and gas bills, but are not considered low income.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides income-eligible families with an average of $300 per year to pay their heating bills. Most programs accept applications year-round. However, the deadline to apply for financial assistance from LIHEAP is April 30th. Every year, millions of dollars of available aid goes unused. Take a moment to check things out and see if you qualify for help!

Here are some links for further information:
njshares.org
njpoweron.org
nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/hea.html

posted 02/29/16