Residents Facing Financial Hardship are Encouraged to Attend
WALL, N.J. – Energy costs can add a significant burden to family budgets. 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.
Throughout September, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will host its annual Energy Assistance Days in Monmouth County. Here, representatives from NJNG and state-designated agencies will team with community members to determine 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, proof of home ownership or rental agreement and recent copies of both natural gas and electric utility bills.
On October 1, 2014, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 heating season. LIHEAP and the state’s Universal Service Fund (USF) help income-eligible households meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. Moreover, NJNG’s Gift of Warmth fund – along with the state-sponsored Payment Assistance Gas and Electric and NJ SHARES programs – provide energy assistance to households that exceed LIHEAP and USF income thresholds but are experiencing temporary or unanticipated financial hardship. Households also may qualify for other energy assistance or home energy-improvement programs that help reduce energy costs.
Wednesday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Long Branch Library
Thursday, September 18, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
City Hall/Municipal Building
One Municipal Plaza
Friday, September 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
SCAN Adult Education Center at Monmouth Mall
180 Highway 35 South
Monday, September 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Municipal Building/Council Chambers
650 Poole Avenue
Thursday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monmouth County Connection
3544 State Highway 66 (Home Depot strip mall)
Friday, September 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bayshore Senior Day Center
100 Main Street
Thursday, October 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Municipal Building, 2nd floor Meeting Room
4567 Route 9 North