Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance is encouraging residents facing financial hardship to attend an Energy Assistance Day sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas.

Representatives from NJNG and Community Action Program agencies will be on hand Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Denville Township Social Services, 1 St. Mary’s Place in Denville.

The agencies will team with community members to determine which assistance programs best fit residents’ needs and to assist with the application process.

To qualify and apply for energy-assistance programs, participants are asked to provide proof of identification, proof of income, proof of home ownership or rental agreement and recent copies of energy bills.

A similar Energy Assistance Day was conducted Sept. 17 in Dover.

The federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting applications Oct. 1 for the 2012-2013 heating season. LIHEAP and the state’s Universal Service Fund are designed to help income-eligible families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.

Moreover, NJNG’s Gift of Warmth fund along with the state-sponsored Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses and NJ SHARES programs provide energy assistance to households that exceed LIHEAP and USF income thresholds but currently experience temporary or unanticipated financial hardship.

Households also may qualify for other energy-assistance or weatherization programs that help reduce energy costs.

For more information or to connect with NJNG’s Energy Assistance specialists, call 800-221-0051 or email [email protected].