Home Energy Assistance Programs

Helping individuals through temporary utility payment challenges

 
Greater Bergen Community Action
ABOUT HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Home energy assistance programs help income-qualified individuals experiencing a financial challenge pay their energy bill and remain in their home.

 

Energy costs can place stress on a household budget, whether the income is low, or the household is experiencing a financial emergency. In some instances, the household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills to pay and which necessities to survive without.

LIHEAP (The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

USF (United Service Fund) 

TRUE (Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses)

PAGE (Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric Programs)

NJ SHARES 

SUEZ (Water Program)

WHO IS ELIGIBLE
  • Bergen County residents

  • Income-qualified

  • Experiencing a temporary challenge involving utility bill payment

  • Household must be responsible for paying heating/cooling costs directly to the fuel supplier

  • Other specific requirements depending on assistance program

WHAT TO EXPECT

At your in-person appointment, your counselor will work with you one-on-one to determine the best program(s) to help you:

COST

There is no charge for any of our energy payment services

HOW TO APPLY FOR MORE INFORMATION
  1. Apply in person at 316 State Street, Hackensack NJ.  Monday & Wednesday 9:00AM – 3:00PM or Thursday 9:00AM – 7:00PM.

  2. If you have any questions, please call: (201) 488-5100 extension 7008.

  3. If special accommodations are required (homebound or wheelchair), please call for an appointment.

DOCUMENTATION CHECKLIST

After you call, your counselor will tell you what you need to bring from this list.

  1. Complete application with all required forms.

  2. Proof of income for all household members 18 years or older.

  3. Last four consecutive pay stubs (if paid weekly); Last two consecutive pay stubs (if paid bi-weekly)

  4. Copy of pension statement showing gross or 1099

  5. Current unemployment clients: A200 printout (obtain at 60 State Street, Hackensack,NJ)

  6. 18+ and attending school full-time: school schedule with credits shown and/or letter from school indicating you are attending full time

  7. If you receive assistance from family or friends because your income doesn’t cover rent/mortgage: written statement showing monthly amount of assistance. Letter must include date, name address and phone number with signature.

  8. Current income tax return: all pages with signature. If you didn’t file taxes, you must sign the Certification of No Income Tax Filing +  4506-T form. 

  9. If you receive government benefit (SSA, SSI, SSD), submit current proof, such as a copy of the check, current award letter, or bank statement.

  10. Social Security cards for all household members (copy of card will be accepted)

  11. Legal residents: submit a copy of your Resident Card. If you do not have a Resident Card, submit a copy of your current passport and Certification of no Social Security number

  12. Most recent utility bill, e.g., PSE&G (all pages) and/or last bill of fuel deliverables (oil)

  13. Proof of ownership or rent

  14. Current lease (expired not accepted) or completed Tenant Verification Form

  15. Housing letter (if you receive Section 8)

  16. Mortgage statement and/or property tax bill

  17. Homeowners with rental units must complete Rental Income Form

  18. All three pages of NJ Home Energy Programs Application

  19. Cooling applicants: original Doctor’s certification form

 
LOCATIONS AND TIMES - HACKENSACK

Home visits are available to assist the disabled and homebound individuals filing for LIHEAP

Greater Bergen Community Action Help Center*
316 State Street
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Extended Hours (November to May ONLY) Thursdays
8:00 am to 7:00 pm

*not wheelchair-accessible

PSE&G
214 Hudson Street
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

*office closed from 12 noon to 1:00 pm for lunch

Mt. Olive Baptist Church
260 Central Avenue
Wednesday

10:00am to 3:00PM

Greater Bergen Community Action

Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.

Information

Contact Us

GBCA Headquarters
392 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-968-0200

 

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Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 22-1818014