Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Confirms 2016 Application Deadline

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BRIDGETON - The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has announced that its application period will be open through to Saturday, April 30th, 2016.
LIHEAP is administered locally by Gateway Community Action Partnership and is designed to assist low-income individuals and families meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. Eligible LIHEAP recipients must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in their rent. Additionally, applicants must have a gross income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
The amount of the LIHEAP heating benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and heating region while the medically necessary cooling assistance benefit amount will be $200. The cooling assistance benefit will be issued as a direct credit to an active electric account LIHEAP’s system or a one party check made out to the eligible applicant.
The FFY 2016 LIHEAP application is also an application to lower the amount paid for gas and electricity through the Universal Service Fund Program, which is a program created by the State of New Jersey to help make natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households. Therefore, applicants may apply for two benefit programs congruently.
For more information about USF / LIHEAP or to locate the closest agency to apply, call 1.800.510.3102 or visit www.energyassistance.nj.gov. Applicants can also apply directly at their Gateway Community Action Partnership office. In Cumberland County, the office is located in Bridgeton. In Gloucester Gateway Community Action Partnership is located in Paulsboro and in Salem County, the Gateway Community Action Partnership office is located in the city of Salem.

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