As winter bills arrive, PSE&G reminds customers that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for financial assistance with heating and medically-necessary cooling costs. The LIHEAP program is run by the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
“It’s so important for low-income families who struggle to pay their utility bills to know that they can receive help,” said Greg Dunlap, PSE&G vice president of customer operations. “Under LIHEAP, those who are income eligible may receive an average of $300 toward their heating bills.”
LIHEAP eligibility is based solely on last month’s household gross income and household size. To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant’s household gross income must meet monthly income guidelines listed on the chart below. For example, a family of four with a monthly income of $4,100 or less per month may be eligible and should apply.
To receive LIHEAP assistance, customers may pay their heating costs directly, pay their landlord according to their usage, or have their heating included in their rent. Homeowners and those who rent are both eligible and should apply.
To download a LIHEAP application visit www.pseg.com/LIHEAPapplication. For more information or to find out where to apply, visit www.pseg.com/help or call 1-800-510-3102 or 211. Applications are also available at PSE&G’s 16 walk-in Customer Service Centers. Remember, applications and copies of all requested documents must be submitted by mail or in person to the designated LIHEAP in-take agency by May 31, 2018.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF)
The LIHEAP application is also an application for the Universal Service Fund (USF). USF is a program created by the State of New Jersey that can lower the amount low-income households pay for gas and electric bills with a monthly credit of $5 to $150. Applications for USF are accepted year-round.
PSE&G households who are not eligible for low-income programs and are behind in their PSE&G bill should visit www.pseg.com/help for other programs like the PAGE Grant or NJ SHARES. Seniors over the age of 65 or disabled adults collecting Social Security Disability may be eligible for the New Jersey Lifeline Credit program. NJ Lifeline provides a $225 yearly credit on your PSE&G bill.
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