LIHEAP Emergency Assistance Extended

There are additional opportunities to request energy assistance under LIHEAP’s emergency assistance program in New Jersey. Please share the information below with friends, family, partners or networks. A few points of clarification.

1) Eligible LIHEAP households can request Emergency Assistance until May 31, 2016. The state received a second allocation from the Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $12.6M in April.
2) Newly granted SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) households who did NOT receive a May 1 LIHEAP benefit have until May 31 to contact their local LIHEAP/USF agency to apply or correct wrong information. Cases will be re-evaluated if they are currently in “pending status”.
3) Although the LIHEAP season is ending, keep in mind that applications for USF (Universal Service Fund) are available year-round.

A listing of the local LIHEAP/USF agencies is available online at www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/agencydirectorylist.html.

Additional information on LIHEAP and other energy assistance programs is available on the NJ Community Resources NJ Energy Assistance Programs webpage.

The 2-1-1 Partnership can provide information on LIHEAP emergency assistance procedures by calling 2-1-1 or 800-510-3102.

The extension of the emergency period in New Jersey follows the release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of an additional $335million in April of which New Jersey received $12,666,956. A press release appears on the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website.

Updated 2016 LIHEAP and USF Income Guidelines

The state of New Jersey has released income guidelines for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) program. As has been the custom for almost twenty years, information on these and other energy assistance programs has been updated and available on the New Jersey Community Resources website and blog.

For more information visit the website homepage or the energy assistance programs page.

2015 LIHEAP and USF Guidelines

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has released the 2015 income guidelines for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs. The USF-LIHEAP season officially begins October 1, 2014.

The 2015 Maximum Income Limits are available at http://www.njcommunityresources.info/USFHEA2015MaximumIncomeLimits.pdf.