Residents Facing Financial Hardship are Encouraged to Attend
Wall, N.J. – If 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.
Monday, September 12 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
650 Poole Avenue
Thursday, September 15 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard
Tuesday, September 13 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church
410 9th Avenue
Friday, September 16 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bayshore Senior Day Center
100 Main Street
Thursday, September 22 – 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monmouth County Connection
3544 State Highway 66 (The Home Depot mall)
Friday, September 23 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Freehold Mall – Financial Success Center
3710 Route 9, First Floor
Tuesday, September 27 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Long Branch Library
Thursday, September 29 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One Municipal Plaza
Friday, September 30 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SCAN Adult Education Ctr. at Monmouth Mall
180 Highway 35 South, Basement Level