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USF/LIHEAP Overview

Universal Service Fund (USF)

Now also for Moderate-Income Households!

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has created the Universal Service Fund (USF) program to help make electric and natural gas bills more affordable. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the BPU has temporarily expanded the USF program so that moderate-income households can take advantage of the USF monthly credits and Fresh Start energy debt forgiveness.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Unable to pay for your heating or cooling? You may qualify for assistance!

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income residential customers pay for heating and cooling bills, even if heat is included as part of rent payments. LIHEAP provides assistance for all types of heat, and may also provide emergency assistance funds for heater and water heater repairs. LIHEAP also provides grants in the winter so that eligible households can pay their heating bills and continue using heating equipment. The benefit amount depends on the number of people in the household, geographical location, and household gross income.

Applications for LIHEAP in New Jersey are accepted between October 1st, 2021, and June 30th, 2022

Please Note: the AHA can only accept LIHEAP/USF applications from Monmouth County residents.
If you reside outside of Monmouth County, please visit the following website and select the LIHEAP/USF agency for your county.