What is New Jersey HEAP/LIHEAP? - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP New Jersey?
To qualify for New Jersey HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of New Jersey
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.
How to apply for New Jersey HEAP
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 301kB]
3. Submit a completed application to your Local Community Action Agency
Choose from the list of Local Application Agency’s contact information
For more information or to locate your nearest application agency, please call our toll-free hotline at 1-800-510-3102
New Jersey also provides Weatherization Assistance Program (New Jersey WAP) service for those who qualify.
Contact Information on New Jersey HEAP:
Office of Low-Income Energy Conservation
101 South Broad Street
P.O. Box 811
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-08111
TEL: (609) 984-6670
FAX: (609) 292-9798
WEB SITE: www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/energy.html
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-510-3102