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 1/15/2019

Family Size 100% 125% 150% 175% 185% 200% 225%
1 12,490 15,613 18,735 21,858 23,107 24,980 27,315
2 16,910 21,138 25,365 29,593 31,284 33,820 37,035
3 21,330 26,663 31,995 37,328 39,461 42,660 46,755
4 25,750 32,188 38,625 45,063 47,638 51,500 56,475
5 30,170 37,713 45,255 52,798 55,815 60,340 66,195
6 34,590 43,238 51,885 60,533 63,992 69,180 75,915
7 39,010 48,763 58,515 68,268 72,169 78,020 85,635
8 43,430 54,288 65,145 76,003 80,346 86,860 95,355
Each Additional Member 4,356 5,445 6,534 7,623 8,058  8,712 Weatherization ONLY $4,160

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