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.

(O.C.E.A.N., Inc. provides reasonable accommodations to those with physical disabilities (first floor accommodations/elevators) and language requirements (barriers) through the use of in-house translators when required for agency program services).

Poverty Income Guidelines – updated 4/13/2018

Family Size 100% 125% 150% 175% 185% 200% 225%
1 12,140 15,175 18,090 21,245 22,459 24,120 27,315
2 16,460 20,575 24,360 28,805 30,451 32,480 37,035
3 20,780 25,975 30,630 36,365 38,443 40,840 46,755
4 25,100 31,375 36,900 43,925 46,435 49,200 56,475
5 29,420 36,775 43,170 51,485 54,427 57,560 66,195
6 33,740 42,175 49,440 59,045 62,419 65,920 75,915
7 38,060 47,575 55,710 66,605 70,411 74,280 85,635
8 42,380 52,975 61,980 74,165 78,403 82,640 95,355
Each Additional Member 4,320 5,400 6,480 7,560 8,640  8,360 Weatherization ONLY $4,160

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