LIHEAP Deadline Extended to May 31

The following information was published by NJ 2-1-1 which operates the Home Energy Assistance Hotline. The hotline can be reached by calling 800-510-3102.

The deadline to apply for utility assistance through LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) has been extended to May 31. As the Home Energy Assistance Hotline for the State of New Jersey, NJ 2-1-1 is the place to call if you are struggling to pay your gas, oil or electric heating bills. This assistance is available to eligible residents regardless of whether they rent or own their home. Emergency assistance is also available through May 31 for those who have already been approved for LIHEAP benefits AND have received a shut-off notice.

Callers to NJ 2-1-1 can check on the status of their application, receive information on the location of their application agency and a list of documents that must be submitted with their application. Required documentation includes a copy of the rental lease/property tax bill (if you own your home); utility bill; proof of income for anyone in your home above the age of 18; social security card for everyone in the household and a drivers license or state issued picture ID.

Source: NJ 2-1-1 website and NJ 2-1-1 email.

Join NJ 2-1-1 ProNet Email Listserv – Connecting Human Service Professionals

Formerly known as the First Call Forum, NJ 2-1-1 ProNet is an e-mail listserv designed to foster communication between health and human service professionals in New Jersey. Any provider of human services in the state is welcome to become an active member of the listserv. Once you’ve registered you will have a free and easy channel of communication that will offer easy access to other ProNet members.

By using NJ 2-1-1 ProNet, you can communicate specific requests that are not being met by existing agencies and programs.

For example:
•A family, displaced after a fire, needs beds, a refrigerator, and other household items.
•A single man without family nearby needs transportation to chemotherapy treatments for 6 weeks.
•A mother from out-of-state needs a place to stay during her daughter’s lengthy hospitalization in Morristown.

NJ 2-1-1 ProNet can also be used to post announcements of:
•Donation offerings (clothing, furniture, etc.)
•Program expansions, changes, closings or hiatuses
•Workshops, seminars, special programs
•Agency/organization job postings

NJ 2-1-1 ProNet provides simple access to professionals throughout the state who you can communicate with to find solutions for specific requests that are not being met by existing agencies. Use it as well as a forum to post announcements about programs, workshops and employment opportunities.

You can find the this email listserv at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJ2-1-1ProNet/. It is simple to share your thoughts, queries or announcements with the group. To join NJ 2-1-1 ProNet members of nonprofits, health organizations, or human service organizations can send an email to: ProNet@nj211.org. Include your name, organization, and telephone number. To subscribe via Yahoo Groups send an email to:
NJ2-1-1ProNet-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Once subscribed you can post messages at NJ2-1-1ProNet@yahoogroups.com.

Feel free to share this message with other colleagues who would benefit from a connection with the 2-1-1 community.