How NJ Can Help: Other Programs
NEW JERSEY SHARES (NJ SHARES)
NJ SHARES is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to income-eligible New Jersey households for paying their energy, telephone, broadband (internet), and water bills. Apply online at www.njshares.org or call 866-657-4273 for more information.
WINTER TERMINATION PROGRAM (WTP)
WTP protects residential customers from disconnection of natural gas and electric service from November 15th – March 15th if they participate in: USF, LIHEAP, Lifeline Utility Assistance Program, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Work First New Jersey/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Also, persons unable to pay their utility bills because of circumstances beyond their control may request the protection of WTP. Customers should make every effort to pay as much of their bill as possible during the WTP period to avoid a large overdue balance at the end of the WTP.
How do I enroll in WTP?
Call your utility company to request WTP protection. For more information, or if you have a complaint about your utility company, call the Board of Public Utilities at 1-800-624-0241.
You can also view the Utility Customer’s Bill of Rights at the website: www.nj.gov/bpu/assistance/rights/
How NJ Can Help: Have Your Home Weatherized for Free!
What is Weatherization?
Weatherization is the installation of home energy efficiency measures to help reduce energy bills.
Eligible participants are provided with:
1) A free home energy audit to see how much money can be saved on energy bills through weatherization.
2) Installation of recommended free energy efficiency measures, which may include energy efficient appliance replacement at no cost.
New Jersey offers two free Weatherization programs:
COMFORT PARTNERS: Comfort Partners is an energy saving and education program that directly installs energy savings measures FREE of charge for qualified low-income customers. Call 1-800- 915-8309 or go to: www.njcleanenergy.com/CP (electric or gas heat only).
Sponsored by the NJ Board of Public Utilities’ New Jersey’s Clean Energy ProgramTM.
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
This Department of Community Affairs program assists qualified, low-income households in weatherizing their homes, improving their heating system efficiency and conserving energy. Households that apply for USF or LIHEAP can check a box on that application to request weatherization. For more information go to: www.energyassistance.nj.gov.
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP or HEA is a federally funded program that helps low-moderate income households pay for heating costs (all fuel types). Even if your heat is included in your rent, you may qualify. LIHEAP grants are also available for medically necessary cooling costs. Applications are accepted from October 1 through June 30 each year. (See chart on next page for income limits).
Administered by the Department of Community Affairs.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF)
USF is a program that provides monthly credits on residential electric and natural gas bills as well as forgiveness of overdue balances through the USF- Fresh Start program. Monthly USF credit amounts are based on energy costs in relation to income. USF is administered by the Department of Community Affairs. Fresh Start is administered by the gas and electric companies. USF is made possible by the Board of Public Utilities.
NOT SURE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE?
Self-screen for utility, rental or other assistance by visiting: www.nj.gov/dca/dcaid or calling 2-1-1.
Monthly Pre-tax Income Limits 10/01/2021 – 9/30/2022
The Lifeline Utility Assistance Program is for eligible low-income senior citizens and the disabled. Lifeline benefits help eligible homeowners and renters with electric and natural gas costs. Apply online with the NJSave application at: www.aging.nj.gov or call 1-800-792-9745. Administered by the Department of Human Services and made possible by the Board of Public Utilities.
PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR GAS AND ELECTRIC (PAGE)
PAGE grants help gas and electric customers prevent disconnection of service or restore service. If income eligible for USF or LIHEAP, apply for those programs first before seeking additional assistance through PAGE. To apply online or review eligibility requirements, visit: www.njpoweron.org or call 732-982-8710. Administered by the Affordable Housing Alliance and made possible by the NJ Department of Treasury and the NJ Board of Public Utilities.
Dial 2-1-1 any day, any time for confidential referrals to local health and human service assistance services or search NJ 2-1-1’s on-line database at: www.nj211.org.
Funded by the United Ways of NJ in partnership with the State of New Jersey.