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Energy Assistance and Weatherization Programs for 2012/2013 

The following programs are available to assist households with payment of utility bills and/or weatherization issues.  Each program has different eligibility criteria based on household size and GROSS monthly income. 

Lifeline Utility Credit
http://www.state.nj.us/health/seniorbenefits/lifeline.shtml

What is it?

One ANNUAL $225 Lifeline Benefit for gas and or electric. 

Who is eligible?

Individuals eligible for Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Social Security Disability, and certain Medicaid programs may be eligible. 
Annual Income Limit:  less than $24,432 (single); less that $29,956 (married)

Who do I call?

By Phone: 1- 800-792-9745

By Mail : LIFELINE

                PO Box 714
                Trenton, NJ 08625-0714

On the Web: http://www.njpaad.gov

 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/hea.html

What is it?

Heating assistance available from November through March annually.  Limited cooling assistance with medical documentation.

Who is eligible?

Gross Income Limit:  Less than $2031 per month for one person; $2732 for household of two.  Income limits increase with increased household size.
Household and utility documentation required for application.

Who do I call?

Morris County Office of Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA)
By Phone:  (973) 644-5627/5632
By Mail: LIHEAP
                120-122 Speedwell Ave 2nd Floor
                Morristown, NJ 07960
On the Web:  http://www.mcoha.org

   

Universal Service Fund
http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/usf.html

What is it?

This program created by the NJ Board of Public Utilities to help make natural gas and electric bills more affordable; household must pay more than 3% of annual gross income for electric or for natural gas

Who is eligible?

Gross Income Limit:  Less than $1580 per month for one person; $2125 for two person household. Income limits increase with increased household size. 

Who do I call?

Morris County Office of Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA)
By Phone:  (973) 644-5627/5632
By Mail: LIHEAP
                120-122 Speedwell Ave 2nd Floor
                Morristown, NJ 07960
On the Web:  http://www.mcoha.org

NJ Shares
http://www.njshares.org/

What is it?

Provides energy assistance to households experiencing a financial crisis and are behind on their energy bill.
Grant amounts can be up to $700 for heating (gas, oil, propane and electric heat), and can be up to $300 for electric service.  A household may receive a grant once between January 1 and December 31 of a given year.

Who is eligible?

NJ SHARES helps households that DO NOT qualify for LIHEAP or USF. Income:  Monthly gross income must be HIGHER than LIHEAP and USF guidelines (for example, a household of one must have monthly gross income over $2031 but not higher than $3610)
A good-faith payment of $100 or more must have been made within 90 days of applying for NJ SHARES (deliverable fuel customers are excluded )
Note:   Residential customers of the Borough of Madison electric department may now be eligible for assistance under the NJ Shares program.  

Who do I call?

Morris County Office of Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA)
By Phone:  (973) 644-5627/5632
By Mail: 120-122 Speedwell Ave 2nd Floor
                Morristown, NJ 07960

On the Web:  http://www.mcoha.org
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Urban League of Morris County
By Phone: (973) 539-2121
By Mail: 300 Madison Avenue, Ste. A
               Morristown, NJ 07960
On the Web: http://www.ulmcnj.org/

 Weatherization Program
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/weatherization/

What is it?

Home energy audit, insulation, modification/replacement of heating systems.

Who is eligible?

Gross Income Limit:  Less than $2031 per month for one person; $2732 for household of two. 
Income limits increase with increased household size.
Household and utility documentation required for application.

Who do I call?

Morris County Office of Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA)
By Phone:  (973) 644-5627/5632
By Mail: LIHEAP
                120-122 Speedwell Ave 2nd Floor
                Morristown, NJ 07960
On the Web:  http://www.mcoha.org
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Urban League of Morris County
By Phone: (973) 539-2121
By Mail: 300 Madison Avenue, Ste. A
               Morristown, NJ 07960
On the Web: http://www.ulmcnj.org/

Winter Termination  Program
http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/programs/

What is it?

Prevents gas/electric service cut-off between November 15 and March 15

Who is eligible?

This Program covers individuals receiving one or more of the following: 
Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)
Lifeline Utility Credit
Universal Service Fund (USF) Benefits
Work First New Jersey / Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
General Assistance,
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Who do I call?

Borough of Madison Utility Billing Department
By Phone: (973) 593-3045
By Mail: 205 Madison Avenue
               Room 215
               Madison, NJ 07940
On the Web: http://gov.rosenet.org/agencies/water-light-billing
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Public Service Gas and Electric
By Phone: 1-800-436-7734
By Mail: 80 Park Plaza
               P.O. Box 570
               Newark, New Jersey 07101
On the Web: http://www.pseg.com/
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Board of Public Utilities
By Phone 1-800-624-0241
By Mail: Two Gateway Center (8th Floor)
               Newark, NJ 07102
On the Web: http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/

For additional Information:

http://www.njcommunityresources.info/njenergy.html