Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

A video message from Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver About the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. If you or someone you know is struggling to keep their home warm, please know that assistance is just a phone call away.

Need help with a high balance on your utility bills?
The application period to receive help with past due electric and gas bills is currently open. You must submit an application to receive assistance
Apply here:
https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/ Watch the following videos to learn how to apply.
The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)- The LIHWAP portal is currently closed to new applications.
Visit our DCAid survey to determine if you are eligible for other DCA assistance programs.
LIHWAP Application Online Tutorial


The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program.

How to Apply for Home Energy Assistance:

1. Find out if you are eligible for the program
     Review the Energy Assistance Program Fact Sheet and Income Guidelines
2. If you are eligible, fill out an application
     Download, print and complete the Home Energy/USF/Weatherization Program Application [pdf  389kB]
3. Submit a completed application to your Local Community Action Agency
     Choose from the list of Local Application Agency's contact information
     (en Español: Lista de agencias de acción comunitaria local)

For more information or to locate your nearest application agency, please call our toll-free hotline at 1-800-510-3102

For written instructions on how to complete the application, click on the link below:
UAP Application Written Instructions

Home Energy Assistance - Quick Facts:
Assistance Provided To:
Very low-income persons.
Type of Assistance: Financial-Grants.
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Procedure for Applying: Inter-Departmental Agreement
Award Period: October 1 to September 30.
Contact: Fidel Ekhelar - 1 (800) 510-3102  Utilityhelp@nj211.org or USFHEA-application@dca.nj.gov 

Final New Jersey Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Model Plan

Public Hearing Notice FY2024 Model Plan [pdf 12kB]

LIHEAP Factsheet & Income Guideline FY2024 [pdf 210kB]

LIHEAP FY2024 Handbook [pdf 275 kB]

LIHEAP FY2024 Detailed Model Plan  [pdf 99kB]

Certificate Proposal 2018 [pdf 115 kB]

Read about other energy assistance programs at www.nj.gov/bpu/assistance/programs


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