N.J. residents to get $13M more from feds to help pay home energy bills

Published: Apr. 24, 2022

Low-income New Jerseyans will be getting another $12.8 million to help them pay their heating and cooling bills, the final tranche of a record allocation to the state.

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus law, the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law and the regular spending bills will deliver $302.4 million to the state through Sept. 30, more than double the $112.7 million the state ordinarily would receive under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

The money represents the biggest allocation for the program since it began in 1981 and follows a surge in energy prices during the recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession and the Russian invasion of Ukraine..

Nationally, the program will receive $8.3 billion from the stimulus law, the infrastructure law and the regular congressional appropriations.

Biden was making the announcement Thursday during a trip to Portland, Oregon.

New Jersey residents making no more than 60% of the state median Income and who receive utility bills directly or have those charges included in their rent are eligible for the program.

For a family of four, the monthly income cutoff is $6,439, according to nj211.org.

Applications will be accepted until June 30 but the assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, households needing help in paying energy bills can go to EnergyHelp.us or call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline at 1-866-674-6327.

Renters also can use their federal emergency assistance that they receive under a separate program in the stimulus law. New Jersey received $642.9 million under that program through Nov. 30, 2021.

And the infrastructure law also includes funding to help make homes for low-income residents more energy efficient, thus cutting heating and cooling costs.

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