Cold weather is on its way – and so are winter heating bills.

Help is available now.

For those who need help paying their heating bills, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)/Universal Service Fund (USF) is available to eligible customers beginning October 1, 2017. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. To qualify for LIHEAP, you must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent.

When you apply for LIHEAP, you automatically apply for the Universal Service Fund Program (USF). If you are eligible, USF can lower the amount you pay for gas and electricity.

LIHEAP funds are limited. For USF/LIHEAP applications,a list of agencies that accept USF/LIHEAP applications and more information, visit, or call the Department of Community Affairs at 1-800-510-3102.

Size of LIHEAP Monthly USF Monthly Household Gross Houshold Gross Household Income Income

  • 1 person $2,010 $1,759
  • 2 persons $2,707 $2,368
  • 3 persons $3,403 $2,978
  • 4 persons $4,100 $3,588
  • 5 persons $4,797 $4,197
  • 6 persons $5,493 $4,807
  • 7 persons $6,190 $5,416
  • 8 persons $6,887 $6,026
  • Amount for each additional member for households greater than 12 $697 $610

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