NJ Receives Additional $12.8 Million in Home Energy Assistance, How to Apply
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will receive an additional $12.77 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is the second time in FY 2022 that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) received additional federal funding.
The LIHEAP is a federal program that assists households at or below 60 percent of the state median income (e.g. $6,439 a month for a family of four) in paying for home energy costs.
The program is focused on helping households pay their current and past due energy heating bills. However, the program will also "supplement cooling bills for vulnerable households to lessen the impact of excessive heat as the summer months approach."
The LIHEAP is one of several programs New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) provides to help NJ households meet essential needs.
Additional programs include:
- The Low Income Household Water Assistance (LIHWA) program, announced by NJ DCA in early March, provides payments directly to water and wastewater companies on behalf of residential customers
- Universal Service Fund (USF) program provides a monthly credit on electric and gas bills for households at or below 400% of the federal poverty level (e.g. $8,833 a month for a family of four).
All of the above-mentioned programs are actively accepting applications. You can apply through the online application portal DCAid.
Participants of LIHEAP are automatically eligible for the LIHWA program as long as they are water/wastewater bill holders.