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Bergen County Anti-Poverty Agency Pays Energy Bills this Season

Hackensack, NJ – Greater Bergen Community Action Inc. (GBCA) is the nonprofit agency federally-designated to help pay the energy bills of Bergen County residents in need – and they’re seeking qualified individuals and families to help this winter season.

Through federally-funded low-income home energy assistance programs like LIHEAP, GBCA is in position to help 7,000 qualified Bergen County residents.

Director of GBCA Home Energy, Alison DuBois, said “Home energy assistance programs help income-qualified individuals experiencing a financial challenge pay their energy bill and remain in their home. In many instances, whether low-income or facing a financial emergency, the household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills to pay and which necessities to survive without.”

Greater Bergen Community Action wants residents to know that their agency is a viable resource for not only energy payment assistance, but also in other critical areas such as childhood and adult education, housing and finance – all at no cost.

Those interested in GBCA’s energy payment assistance programs such as The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), United Service Fund (USF), Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric Programs (PAGE), NJ SHARES, or GBCA’s Water Program (SUEZ) must meet the following requirements:

• Resident of Bergen County

• Low-income

• Experiencing a temporary challenge involving utility bill payment

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

GBCA’s LIHEAP office at 316 State Street in Hackensack, NJ is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm and will temporarily extend its hours to 7pm on Thursdays in January 2020. To get started or learn more, please call 2010-488-5100 ext. 7008 or visit


Greater Bergen Community Action (GBCA) 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. For more information about GBCA, go to


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