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LIHEAP Offers Customers Assistance in Paying Electric Bills

An extremely cold winter can result in unusually high bills for some customers.

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The Camden County Freeholder Board and Atlantic City Electric are reminding customers they have numerous options to apply for energy assistance if they are having difficulty paying their bills.

“Our partners at Atlantic City Electric are joining us in connecting homeowners with needed services and assistance,” Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said.  “Many residents are unaware that these valuable resources are available to assist them and their families.”

Due to the winter’s extremely cold temperatures and potentially high energy bills, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has extended its application deadline and emergency assistance request period to June 30.

LIHEAP is administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and assists residents in paying for heating costs and certain medically necessary cooling expenses.

For more information, call 800-510-3102 or visit www.energyassistance.nj.gov.

The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) program provides relief on natural gas and electric bills for low to moderate-income New Jersey households that are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.

Certain restrictions apply. For more information, call 732-982-8710 or visit www.njpoweron.org.

The TRUE Grant program assists customers who are ineligible for low-income programs by providing up to $750 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill. Visit www.ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

New Jersey SHARES is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to income eligible New Jersey households in paying energy, telephone and water bills.

Applications for New Jersey SHARES grants can be made at any of the more than 270 participating social service agencies throughout the state. Visit www.njshares.org or call 866-657-4273 for details.

Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers $225 to persons who meet certain income guidelines. This benefit includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent. Call 800-792-9745 for details.

For more information about energy assistance programs, visit www.nj211.org or call 211, New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 throughout the state.

Customers can also contact Atlantic City Electric’s Customer Care Center at 800-642-3780 and ask about Budget Billing or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that is free and easy to use.

For more information or assistance, call Camden County at 866-CAMDEN COUNTY.

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