Program DescriptionThe New Jersey Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides subsidies to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. LIHEAP funds can also be used for energy crisis intervention and low cost residential weatherization and other energy related home repairs. Applications are accepted beginning on November 1 and ending on March 31 for both heating and cooling assistance costs. Persons applying for LIHEAP should present: social security card, driver's license or birth certificate, proof of residence, current fuel/utility bill showing account number and the name, address, telephone number of the dealer, proof of earnings and any other requested documentation. Renters who pay their share of the heat must present a copy of the lease or an affidavit from the landlord. Persons who live in public housing and/or receive rental assistance are not eligible, unless they pay their own heating or cooling costs directly to the fuel suppliers.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of New Jersey and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for LIHEAP, please visit the New Jersey LIHEAP website to download an application.
Applications must be submitted to your authorized local community action agency or community based organization in your area.
For persons age 60 or over, or who are disabled, applications may be received and returned by mail. Other households may apply by mail at the discretion of the local agency.
Program Contact Information
For further information, please visit the Low Income Home Energy Assistance website or call the Hotline (toll-free) at 1-800-510-3102.