AHA administers Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which assists low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high portion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their one-time or monthly home energy needs, depending on household eligibility. The program provides grants in the winter so that such households can pay their heating bills and continue using heating equipment. The amount of benefits will depend on number of people in household, geographical location, and gross income of the household.
Applications for LIHEAP in New Jersey are accepted between October 1 and April 30.
LIHEAP households in New Jersey can also be eligible for Universal Service Fund (USF). Households applying for LIHEAP will also be applying for USF since one application serves both the programs. USF helps low-income households lower their energy bills. Low-income households can easily afford to pay their energy bills if they qualify for USF and LIHEAP.
Please note that AHA can only accept LIHEAP/USF applications from Monmouth County residents. If you reside outside of Monmouth County, please go to the following website and select the LIHEAP/USF agency for your county:
THE GIFT OF WARMTH PROGRAM IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS CUSTOMERS IN MONMOUTH AND MIDDLESEX COUNTIES ONLY. Applications for any other county or utility company for Gift of Warmth will be disqualified.
The Gift of Warmth, funded by New Jersey Natural Gas and customer's donations to assists customers who have exhausted other forms of energy assistance, as well as those who are experiencing financial difficulties because of illness, high medical expenses, or other unanticipated circumstances. AHA assists with the application process to help qualified customers who cannot afford to pay their NJNG bill.
If you wish to receive more information about the Gift of Warmth Program and the application process, please complete an intake form with your information and you will be contacted within 24-48 hours.