STATE—PSE&G is urging its customers to see if they are eligible for help to pay their winter heating bills. Customers who have recently lost their job or have had their hours cut might qualify for assistance even if they never did before.
The federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has allocated $177 million to New Jersey to help low income households pay their winter heating bills. Individuals and families may apply, and applications will be accepted until April 30, 2010. Those who received LIHEAP benefits last year are reminded to complete the re-certification application to ensure they receive benefits this year as well.
PSE&G is partnering with state government and community based organizations in an extensive effort to ensure that assistance reaches every person eligible to receive it.
LIHEAP in NJ ranks eighth in the nation in terms of dollars available to help at-risk utility customers. The program is fully funded, allowing the income eligibility levels to stay at 225% of the federal poverty level. That means a family of four with a monthly gross income at or below $4,135 may be eligible.
PSE&G customers can pick up an application at one of PSE&G’s 16 customer service centers. Locations and hours are listed on customer bills. In addition, representatives from state designated LIHEAP agencies are available to help income-eligible people complete the applications at the Puerto Rican Action Board at PSE&G New Brunswick Customer Service Center, 1 Penn Plaza, Albany & French Street, New Brunswick on Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
PSE&G households may also be eligible for other valuable assistance programs. Applications and information about these programs are available on PSE&G’s web site at www.pseg.com/help. Information can also be found by calling the LIHEAP Hot Line at 1-800-510-3102 Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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