PSE&G Reminds Eligible Customers To Apply For Heating Assistance
Help is available to pay energy bills
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 4, 2013
NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --PSE&G is reminding customers that
the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking
applications for the 2013 heating season.
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"Last year over 90,000 PSE&G customers received help from the Low Income
Heating Assistance Program, but we know there are many more who are not aware
of it," said Joseph A. Forline, PSE&G's vice president for customer solutions.
"We want to make sure individuals and families who are struggling financially
take advantage of all available assistance."
The federal LIHEAP program has allocated $136 million to New Jersey to help
low income households pay their winter heating bills. Individuals and families
may now apply; applications will be accepted until April 30, 2013. Homeowners
as well as tenants are eligible and should apply. Those who received LIHEAP
benefits last year are urged to reapply to ensure they receive benefits this
LIHEAP income eligibility levels are at 200 percent of the federal poverty
level. That means a family of four with a monthly income at or below $3,842
may be eligible.
The chart below provides income eligibility information.
LIHEAP INCOME GUIDELINES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013
Monthly Gross Monthly Gross
Household Size Household Size
1 $1,862 7 $5,822
2 $2,522 8 $6,482
3 $3,182 9 $7,142
4 $3,842 10 $7,384
5 $4,502 11 $7,538
6 $5,162 12 $7,692
To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12,
add $154 for each additional member.
PSE&G customers can pick up an application at one of PSE&G's 16 customer
service centers. Locations and hours are listed on customer bills. In
addition, representatives from local LIHEAP application sites are taking
applications at some of our customer service centers in Hackensack, Jersey
City, Newark, West Orange, and New Brunswick.
Customers who apply for LIHEAP are automatically screened for the New Jersey
Board of Public Utilities' Universal Service Fund (USF), a program that can
make electric and gas bills more affordable for low-income customers. If
eligible, USF customers can receive up to $150 a month to pay for gas and
PSE&G households may also be eligible for other valuable assistance programs,
including New Jersey SHARES, and the TRUE Grant programs. These programs
assist households that do not qualify for low income programs like LIHEAP and
Applications and information about LIHEAP, USF, NJ SHARES, TRUE Grant and
other programs are available in English and Spanish at pseg.com/help or
pseg.com/ayuda. Information can also be found by calling the LIHEAP toll free
line at 1-800-510-3102 seven days a week from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and
largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the
ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a
subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG),
a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).
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SOURCE Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)
Contact: Kristine Snodgrass, +1-973-430-7734
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