Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)


The Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at La Casa helps low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs by offsetting the cost of high-energy bills, and helping prevent termination of their utility service.  The program assists participants with utility payments, assists homeowners with heating system improvements, delivers emergency oil, and refers all participants to the Weatherization Assistance Program for energy conservation measures if their residence has not been previously weatherized.

Emergency assistance for Home Energy Assistance (HEA) eligible clients will become available for oil heating clients the last week of December 2016 (at the discretion of the Department of Community Affairs) Emergency assistance for HEA eligible clients who heat with gas or electric and have a shut off notice will become available March 16th, 2017 and have an enrollment deadline of May 31, 2017.  Thank you.

Notice: The 2016-17 season commences October 1, 2016 ends April 30, 2017.  The emergency assistance deadline is April 30, 2017.



  • Residents of Essex County.  Residents of other New Jersey counties can click HERE for a listing of local agencies that administer the program.
  • Households that are responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent. Persons who live in public housing and/or receive rental assistance are not eligible unless they pay for their own heating/cooling costs directly to the fuel supplier.
  • LIHEAP: Gross income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The chart below gives specific monthly gross income maximums for the 2016-2017 season [these figure are subject to change].

LIHEAP Monthly Pre-tax Income Limits 10/3/2016—09/30/2017

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Monthly Pre-tax Income $ 1,980 $2,670 $3,360 $4,050 $4,740 $5,430 $6,122 $6,815 $7,509 $8,202 $8,895 $9,589

Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $164 for each additional member.


  • Contact La Casa de Don Pedro for applications or downloaded one here if you are a first time applicant or did not receive LIHEAP during the prior heating season.
  • Households who have received LIHEAP assistance and have not moved a simplified “recertification application” will be mailed to them.
  • For persons age 60 or over, or who are disabled, applications may be received and returned by mail or they may be subject to an in-the-home application intake by appointment or scheduled visits to multi-family senior citizen buildings.
  • Submit application or “recertification” by mail or use a convenient drop off box at any of La Casa’s centers or La Casa stations in PSEG offices in downtown Newark and West Orange.

Important Facts

  • The amount of the LIHEAP heating benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and heating region.
  • The medically necessary cooling assistance benefit is set at $200, which does not affect the LIHEAP assistance.
  • An eligible household that heats with natural gas or electricity will have its benefits directly forwarded to its utility company.
  • In some cases eligible households directly responsible to a fuel supplier for payment of home heating costs may receive a two-party check in the name of the applicant and the fuel supplier.
  • Households whose heating costs are included in their rent receive a single party check made out to the eligible applicant. A household receiving medically necessary cooling benefits also receives a single party check.
  • The 2016-2017 LIHEAP application is also an application for the Universal Service Fund Program (USF). You apply for two benefit programs at the same time using one application.

Home Energy Center Locations & Hours of Operation

La Casa de Don Pedro
317 Roseville Avenue, Newark, NJ (basement in rear of building)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9 am – 4pm), center closes at 5pm
  • Wednesday (9 am – 6pm), center closes at 7pm
  • Closed on Fridays and last week of each month for data entry and outreach

Saturday Hours: 9am-1pm, one Saturday each month from Oct – May

La Casa de Don Pedro Home Energy Assistance Satellite Office
600 Central Avenue, East Orange, NJ

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 am – 4pm
  • Wednesday: 9 am – 6pm
  • Closed on Fridays and last week of each month for data entry and outreach

Clients should anticipate a 2-hour waiting period.

Satellite Offices – representatives available during program season only

I. PSE&G, Newark

80 Park Plaza, Newark, NJ

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:30am -4pm)

No telephone calls accepted at this location. Limited to 50 clients per day-First come, first serve basis. Must bring your own copies.

II. PSE&G, West Orange

59 Main Street, West Orange, NJ

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:30am – 4pm)

No telephone calls accepted at this location.  Limited to 50 clients per day-First come, first serve basis. Must bring your own copies.

Please note that satelite offices are only valid during each program season from October 3rd to April 30th of each year; the locations remain the same unless noted otherwise.

Drop Boxes

Application Drop boxes are located at each of location and may be accessed by all, during normal agency business hours even when we are not open for intake.

Drop boxes at Home Energy Centers are available from 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

Drop boxes at PSE&G Customer Service Centers are available from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.


Holiday Closures

All Home Energy Centers will be closed on the following holidays:

Monday,  October 10, 2016, Columbus Day
Friday, November 11, 2016, Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24, 2016, Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 25, 2016, Day after Thanksgiving

Monday, December 26, 2016, Day after Christmas

Monday, January 2, 2017 New Years Day
Monday, January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 20, 2017, Presidents Day
Friday, April 14, 2017, Good Friday
Monday, May 29, 2017 Memorial Day

9am-12noon  hours: Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Related Forms

Low Income Energy Assistance Program Fact Sheet 2017

LIHEAP Office Hours & Holiday Closings

Zero Income Statement DCA

2017 USFHEA Application

Tenant Homeowner Verification Form DCA

Monthly Expenses Form DCA

Dr’s Cooling Certification


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