Home Energy Assistance

The Home Energy Universal Services Program provides assistance to households that meet income guidelines from the federal government and are unable to pay their heating bill due to hardship or circumstances beyond their control. Assistance is provided through a one-time payment in a given heating season. Emergency assistance for home energy clients is based on the availability of funds.

Individual programs are:

Gift of Warmth

A one-time per year assistance program for customers of NJ Natural Gas (NJNG) who are having trouble paying their NJNG bill. Call Home Energy for information or to request an application at 732-244-9041.

NJ Shares

New Jersey SHARES, Inc. is an energy-assistance program that assists households who do not qualify for federal or state energy programs and whose income does not exceed 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Each client fills out an electronic application with the assistance O.C.E.A.N., Inc. New Jersey SHARES partners with more than 275 organizations statewide. Eligibility is determined by income and household size. New Jersey SHARES grant maximums are $700 for heating and $300 for electric service grants. Clients heating with electric can received up to $700 on their electric heat account. Grants are distributed year-round based on funding availability. Assistance is available when funding permits. Clients must schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Home Energy staff to apply for funding. Call Home Energy for information or to request an application at 732-244-9041.

Cooling Assistance

Applicants who meet income eligibility and have a doctor’s note documenting that they or a resident member of their household are in medical need of air conditioning during the summer heat, may receive cooling assistance if funds are available. Call Home Energy for information or to request an application at 732-244-9041.

Poverty Income Guidelines – updated 2/8/17

Family Size 100% 125% 150% 175% 185% 200% 225%
1 12,060 15,075 17,780 20,790 21,978 24,120 26,482
2 16,240 20,300 24,030 28,035 29,637 32,480 35,842
3 20,420 25,525 30,240 35,280 37,297 40,840 45,202
4 24,600 30,750 36,450 42,525 44,955 49,200 54,562
5 28,780 35,975 42,660 49,770 52,614 57,560 63,922
6 32,960 41,200 48,870 57,015 60,273 65,920 73,282
7 37,140 46,425 55,095 64,278 67,951 74,280 82,642
8 41,320 51,650 61,335 71,558 75,647 82,640 89,168
Each Additional Member 4,180 5,225 6,240 7,280 8,320  8,360 Weatherization ONLY $4,160

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