Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

THE 2018-19 ENERGY SEASON FOR LIHEAP IS OCTOBER 1, 2018 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2019

The Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 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 fuel assistance for Home Energy Assistance (HEA) eligible clients are typically available starting at the end of December.  However, households with seniors, disabled members, and children age six and under who have a complete file and are pending benefits are eligible for emergency fuel.

Eligibility

  • 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 FOR 2018-2019

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Monthly Pre-tax Income $ $2024 $2744 $3464 $4184 $4904 $5624 $6344 $7064 $7784 $8162 $8332 $8502

Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $170 for each additional member.

Instructions

  • 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 effect 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 2018-2019 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.

Energy Season Home Energy Assistance Center Locations and Hours

317 Roseville Avenue (located in lower-level in rear of building)

Newark, New Jersey 07107

973-485-0795 or 973-485-0796

Intake Hours: Effective October 1, 2018

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Center closes at 5pm.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am – 6:00pm
  • Closed Fridays and the last full week of each month for data processing and outreach
  • Early closure at 12noon on Wednesday, November 21st.

An application drop box is accessible during normal agency business hours even when the center is not open for intake.

PSE&G Customer Service Centers

80 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

59 Main Street, West Orange NJ 07052

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Both centers are closed the last full week of every month for data processing.

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

Maximum of 50 clients per day. You must bring your own copies of all required documentation.

For assistance with LIHEAP / USF programs call 973-485-0795 or 973-485-0796.

Holiday Closures

All Home Energy Centers are closed on the following holidays:

Monday, October 8, 2018 for Columbus Day

Monday, November 12th, 2018 for Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 21nd, 2018, the center closes at 12noon

Thursday, November 22rd, 2018 for Thanksgiving day

Friday, November 23th, 2018 for the Day After Thanksgiving

Monday, December 24, 2018 for Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 for Christmas Day

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 for New Year’s Day

Monday, January 21th, 2019 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 18, 2019 for President’s Day

Friday, April 19, 2019 for Good Friday

Monday. May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day.

 

Additional Related Forms

LIHEAP Office Hours & Holiday Closings

Frequently Asked Questions

Tenant Homeowner Verification Form DCA

Monthly Expenses Form DCA

Dr’s Cooling Certification

 


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