Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE)

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The Affordable Housing Alliance (www.housingall.org) is the administrator for the Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE) program. The TRUE program, funded by the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), is an ANNUAL assistance program and is designed to help low to moderate income households across the state of New Jersey who are experiencing economic hardship and struggling to pay their electric and natural gas bills.

The TRUE energy assistance program benefits homeowners and renters who are NJ residents; are not receiving HEA benefits within the current heating season, not currently receiving USF benefits, facing a crisis situation that includes a documented notice of overdue payment for gas and/or electric service, and have a past history of making regular payments towards their utility bills.

Affordable Housing Alliance has partnered with Affiliate agencies in the different counties to assist local clients in completing the application process. Click here for a list of agencies.

Clients who have previously received a TRUE grant will be able to re-apply for utility assistance, one year after their last utility grant, of the same type. All program requirements must be met and all supporting documents will need to be re-submitted.

Note, grant recipients from the prior TRUE program (which terminated March 4, 2015) can re-apply for the new TRUE program 12 months after their last True award date. All program requirements must be met and all supporting documents will need to be re-submitted.

Clients who have previously received a PAGE grant will be able to re-apply for TRUE utility assistance, approximately 60 days after their last utility grant.  Note, all PAGE program requirements must be met and all or some supporting documents will need to be re-submitted.