NJNG to hold Energy Assistance Day in Lakewood

energy assistanceIf you are struggling to make ends meet, paying your energy bill doesn’t need to be a burden. Whether a family or an individual is on a limited income or faced with unanticipated financial hardship, there are energy assistance and home energy-improvement programs available.

From mid-September through early October, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will host its annual Energy Assistance Days throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties. Representatives from NJNG and state-designated agencies will be available to work with members of the community to identify which programs best fit their needs and assist with the application process. To qualify and apply for energy-assistance programs, participants must provide proof of identification, proof of income and social security cards for all household members, proof of home ownership or rental agreement and recent copies of both natural gas and electric utility bills.

On October 1, 2016, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 heating season. LIHEAP and the state’s Universal Service Fund (USF) help income-eligible households meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. Moreover, households that exceed LIHEAP and USF income thresholds and experiencing temporary or unanticipated financial hardship may qualify for NJNG’s Gift of Warmth fund, in addition to the state-sponsored Payment Assistance Gas and Electric and Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses grants as well as the NJ SHARES program. Other energy assistance or home energy-improvement programs are available to help reduce energy costs.

Attend one of the upcoming Energy Assistance Days and learn how to manage your energy bills and prepare yourself or a loved one for the winter season. For more information, or to connect with NJNG’s energy assistance specialists, call 800-221-0051 or e-mail [email protected].

The event in Lakewood will take place Wednesday, September 7 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ocean County Library – Lakewood Branch, 301 Lexington Avenue.

Remember to Bring:

Social Security Cards for all

Household Members

Deed or Lease

Proof of Income for all

Household Members

Recent Energy Bills

[TLS – Press Release]

 

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