WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced New Jersey received $7,800,766 in new federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for its Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This emergency funding comes in addition to the $175 million that New Jersey has received since October 1 to assist New Jersey’s low-income families with energy costs.

“This federal funding offers low-income New Jerseyans critical assistance to pay their energy bills and keep their families warm,” said Lautenberg.  “No family should ever have to choose between heating their home or putting food on the table.  As temperatures continue to drop this winter, this funding will provide relief for thousands of New Jersey families.”

“Energy expenses put a constant stress on family budgets, particularly in these tough times. These funds will provide much needed short-term help with energy costs to thousands of families in our state as we continue rebuilding our economy,” said Menendez. “With this relief, New Jerseyans will be able to keep their families warm this winter and use more of their limited financial resources towards other basic needs and expenses.”

LIHEAP was created to help eligible low-income families with costs associated with heating and insulating their homes in the winter and cooling their homes in the summer. For more information on LIHEAP, go to http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/heausfincomefact.html.