Residents can apply for help in paying their energy bills, Atlantic City Electric said.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program began accepting applications for the new program year Oct. 1.
Customers can receive more than $1,000 in grant support toward their energy bills by applying to LIHEAP, which is administered on a first come, first served basis.
South Jersey residents can apply for assistance by downloading an application though the Department of Community Affairs website, by contacting their local LIHEAP agency, or by calling 800-510-3102.
Residents also can access the Department of Community Affairs self-screening tool to help determine what energy assistance benefits they may qualify for.
Atlantic City Electric helped customers secure more than $5.5 million in support last year.
The amounts vary based upon a household’s income size, type of fuel and type of dwelling. No pay back is required.
Customers do not have to be behind on their bills to receive a grant.
New Jersey’s monthly eligibility requirements are as follows:
- $2,127 for a one-person household
- $2,873 for a two-person household
- $3,620 for a three-person household
- $4,367 for a four-person household
Financial assistance is also available through Helping Hands, an Atlantic City Electric-funded program, that provides $1 million annually to help struggling customers meet their energy needs.
These funds are dispersed each year to low-income residents through the Affordable Housing Alliance, New Jersey SHARES, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden, and the People for People Foundation.
For information about other available energy assistance, go to atlanticcityelectric.com/help.
Customers who may be behind on their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to set up payment arrangements now.
To reach a Customer Care representative to work out a payment plan, call Atlantic City Electric at 800-642-3780.