Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)


The 2023 LIHEAP/USF season runs from October 1st, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Due to the strain on the economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living, the state of New Jersey has taken action.
This season the income guidelines for the LIHEAP and USF programs are the highest they have ever been nationally.
For over 20 years, La Casa de Don Pedro has helped eligible low-income households in Essex County manage the costs of home heating and energy.

Office Hours

Our office hours at 317 Roseville Avenue are Mon, Tues & Thursday from 9am – 4pm, Wednesday from 9am -6pm,  and the second Saturday of each month from 9am – 3pm (Third Saturday in the event of a holiday). We are closed Friday’s for outreach and data entry/processing.

PSE&G Customer Service Centers:

PSE&G 80 Park Plaza in Newark NJ is open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00am -4:00pm and Fridays from 8:00am-3:00pm. Maximum 50 clients daily.

PSE&G 59 Main Street, West Orange, NJ is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:00am-4:00pm. Maximum 50 clients daily

How Do I Know If I Qualify for LIHEAP?

Households earning at or below 60% of the state median income level may be eligible ($6,662 gross income/month for a family of 4). Only your most recent monthly income counts, so if you’re behind on bills due to unemployment or other financial crises, you may now qualify. Both homeowners and renters can be eligible and should apply.

Household SizeMonthly Gross Income

How Do I Apply?

LIHEAP and USF clients can submit their program applications, as well as emergency requests and all supporting documents in person at 317 Roseville Ave, Newark, NJ during the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9AM-4PM, Wednesday from 9AM-6PM, or the second Saturday of every month from 9AM-1PM (Third Saturday in the event of a holiday). Applications and documents can also be submitted electronically to energyasst@lacasanwk.org, mailed to PO Box 7118, Newark, NJ  07107, or faxed to 973-485-9984.  Additionally, program inquiries and questions can also be sent directly to energyasst@lacasanwk.org .

Download an application, read up on the program’s qualifications and required documents, and learn about other payment assistance programs right here on our website.

While we will accept all applications, an application must be complete before it can be processed and passed onto the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs to be reviewed, determined if it is approved or denied, and the amount of the benefit. If you submit an incomplete application, we will send you a denial notice and a letter listing all pending required documents. Only until an application is complete, can it be processed.

Home Energy Assistance Programs Contact Information

(PSE&G Customer Service Centers closed until further notice.)

La Casa also provides Weatherization Assistance to eligible families to help conserve energy and reduce energy costs for renters, homeowners, and owners of multi-family buildings. Energy conservation measures can include heating unit repairs/replacement, insulation and other measures.

The Senior Citizen’s Heating & Cooling Program helps low-income seniors and medically eligible individuals facing an emergency heating or cooling  situation by replacing old, non-functioning boilers,  installing cooling units, or providing emergency fuel.

Residents of other New Jersey counties can click HERE for a listing of local agencies that administer the LIHEAP, USF, Weatherization, and Senior Citizen’s Heating & Cooling Programs.