Energy Assistance Available for Eligible South Jersey Gas Customers

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Energy Assistance Available for Eligible South Jersey Gas Customers

South Jersey Gas wants to remind customers that there are several federal and state assistance programs available to help manage energy costs.

“At South Jersey Gas, our commitment to ensuring the continued delivery of safe, reliable, affordable natural gas is more important now than ever,” said David Vinokurov, Community Outreach Specialist, South Jersey Gas. “As our world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to partner with our customers to identify solutions that work for them – from payment arrangements to financial Energy Assistance.”

Federal and state assistance programs available to eligible South Jersey Gas customers include:

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides federally funded energy assistance to help low- and fixed-income families meet their energy needs. LIHEAP offers an added emergency crisis benefit component, offering eligible applicants an additional monetary benefit of up to $600 to maintain or restore service. LIHEAP and its ancillary emergency grant are accepting applications through July 31, 2020.

The Universal Service Fund (USF) state program helps make natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households. Customers who apply for LIHEAP automatically submit for consideration of the USF grant.

The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) grant is an annual NJ assistance program designed to assist low- to moderate-income households that are experiencing economic hardship and are struggling to pay their energy bills. The PAGE grant benefits homeowners and renters who are not currently receiving USF, are facing a crisis that includes a documented notice of overdue payment for gas and/or elective service and have a history of making regular payments toward their utility bills. Recipients may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 towards their electric and gas bills. For more information, visit www.njpoweron.org.

The NJ SHARES program provides a one-time grant to moderate- and fixed-income households experiencing a financial crisis that do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs due to the household’s income. Customers can also elect to help their neighbors by contributing to NJ Shares. Grants can be up to $700 for customers with natural gas as a heating source and must result in a continuance and/or restoration of service. For more information, visit www.njsharesgreen.org

ABOUT NJ SHARES

Our Mission

Through advocacy, community outreach, education, referral and the utilization of our multilingual call center, NJ SHARES connects low- and moderate- income households with the available resources necessary to not only address their current situation, but also any ongoing needs. 

Working with our affiliated social service and legislative partners located in all 21 counties in New Jersey, NJ SHARES looks for a holistic solution – addressing each household’s individual circumstance, whether temporary or sustained