Home Energy Assistance Programs
La Casa de Don Pedro helps eligible low income households in Essex County manage the costs of home heating and energy. Financial assistance is provided through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Universal Service Fund (USF) programs provided by the NJ Public Utility Board that are managed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs.
How Do I Know If I Qualify for LIHEAP?
Households earning at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible ($4,292 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.
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How Do I Apply?
Mail or drop off your complete application with all required documents to any of our Home Energy Assistance Centers.
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
La Casa / PSE&G Customer Service Centers
PSE&G Newark: 80 Park Place | PSE&G West Orange: 59 Main Street
Customer Service Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8am – 4pm
317 Roseville Avenue, Newark
Customer Service Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-4pm. Wednesday: 9am – 6pm.
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-fuctioning 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.