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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Release Date: December 19, 2016

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Universal Service Fund (USF) Assistance for Sussex County Residents in Need

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With the winter season approaching and the current economy, it is anticipated that more County residents than in previous years will need financial assistance to heat their homes. Residents who find themselves in need and who meet the income guidelines can apply for a federally-funded, state-administered program that provides an annual grant for heating assistance. Titled the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and run by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, this program provides grants to eligible households for heating costs which include electric, natural gas, oil and other deliverable fuels. Eligible households include those that pay for heating directly or have heating costs included in their rent. A household's gross income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to qualify. The application period is from October 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

Applicants for 2017 LIHEAP funding will also be screened for another program titled the Universal Service Fund Program (USF). Created by the State of New Jersey, this program assists low-income households with their electric and natural gas bills. A household must have a gross income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level and spend more than 3% of their income on natural gas or electricity or spend more than 6% of income on electricity when heating with electric, in order to qualify.

To receive more information about these above listed programs and obtain an application, contact NORWESCAP at (973) 383-6020 or (908) 454-4778.  For further information, you can also visit  www.energyassistance.nj.gov , click on "energy assistance programs".

LIHEAP (FFY 2017)
Monthly Pre-tax Income Limits 10/1/2016


Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Monthly Pre-tax Income $

1,980

2,670

3,360

4,050

4,740

5,430

6,122

6,815

7,509

7,857

8,020

8,184

Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $164 for each additional member.

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USF (FFY 2017)
Monthly Pre-tax Income Limits 10/1/2016


Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Monthly Pre-tax Income $

1,773

2,337

2,940

3,544

4,148

4,752

5,357

5,964

6,570

7,177

7,784

8,390

Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $606 for each additional member.






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