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Energy Assistance Available for Eligible South Jersey Gas Customers

FOLSOM, NJ – June 26, 2020 – South Jersey Gas wants to remind customers that there are several federal and state assistance programs available to help manage energy costs.

“At South Jersey Gas, our commitment to ensuring the continued delivery of safe, reliable, affordable natural gas is more important now than ever,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. “As our world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to partner with our customers to identify solutions that work for them – from payment arrangements to financial Energy Assistance.”

Federal and state assistance programs available to eligible South Jersey Gas customers include:
  • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides federally funded energy assistance to help low- and fixed-income families meet their energy needs. LIHEAP offers an added emergency crisis benefit component, offering eligible applicants an additional monetary benefit of up to $600 to maintain or restore service. LIHEAP and its ancillary emergency grant are accepting applications through July 31, 2020.
  • The Universal Service Fund (USF) state program helps make natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households. Customers who apply for LIHEAP automatically submit for consideration of the USF grant.
  • The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) grant is an annual NJ assistance program designed to assist low- to moderate-income households that are experiencing economic hardship and are struggling to pay their energy bills. The PAGE grant benefits homeowners and renters who are not currently receiving USF, are facing a crisis that includes a documented notice of overdue payment for gas and/or elective service and have a history of making regular payments toward their utility bills. Recipients may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 towards their electric and gas bills. For more information, visit njpoweron.org.
  • The NJ SHARES program provides a one-time grant to moderate- and fixed-income households experiencing a financial crisis that do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs due to the household’s income. Customers can also elect to help their neighbors by contributing to NJ Shares. Grants can be up to $700 for customers with natural gas as a heating source and must result in a continuance and/or restoration of service. For more information, visit njsharesgreen.org.

For additional details on these programs including eligibility requirements, visit southjerseygas.com/energyassistance.
 
 

About South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to more than 400,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. For more information, visit southjerseygas.com.

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