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12/29/10

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NJ SHARES Receives $884,303.21 for Utility Assistance

On December 20, 2010, NJ SHARES received escheat funds from the Treasury Department in the amount of $884,303.21. Escheat funding is derived from the unclaimed property reports submitted by New Jersey's electric and gas companies and their parent companies. The dollar amount received represents 75% of the funds collected by the state and is directed to NJ SHARES by law since 2000. The funds, which are distributed by county, are currently available for application. Visit www.njshares.org or call 1-866-NJSHARES for more information.

NJ SHARES Awaits Results of Funding RFP

NJ SHARES has answered a request for proposal (RFP) from the Board of Public Utilities for funding, and now awaits results. The $25 million in funding is earmarked for providing NJ residents in crisis with temporary relief from their utility bills. NJ SHARES would like to thank its partners and friends in the Legislature, our Board of Directors and our agency network for their support as we proceed with the RFP process.


president's letter


As 2010 draws to a close, NJ SHARES would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest thanks to all those who have continued to help our organization provide assistance to our fellow New Jerseyans in crisis.

So far this year, NJ SHARES has assisted more than 11,500 households with energy bill relief. We could not have achieved this without the help from our partners and friends – our agency network, the State Legislature, the utility companies, the Fuel Merchants Assocition of New Jersey, the Propane Gas Association of New Jersey, and many others.

The recession has left more households in need in the last 18 months than we have seen in our 12-year history. This winter, we expect to see record numbers of applicants seeking energy assistance as the days grow colder and energy bills creep higher. Since Thanksgiving, we have already logged a record number of inquiries on our toll-free information line.

Last month’s report on poverty from the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute (LSNJPRI) highlighted that New Jerseyans who live in poverty are experiencing deprivation in at least one basic need, such as food, medical care or ability to pay for utilities. Let’s continue to work together to help keep our neighbors out of poverty by preventing the debt spiral that can result from unpaid utility bills.

As we await the results of our request for proposal from the Board of Public Utilities, we are looking ahead to 2011 with the hope of providing much-needed funding relief to individuals and families across the state.

Thank you again for your support, and may you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and joyous New Year.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob

Events


NJ SHARES Participates in the Anti-Poverty Network’s Annual Conference

NJ SHARES attended the 11th Annual Anti-Poverty Network Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at the War Memorial in Trenton. NJ SHARES’ staff was available to answer questions on energy, telephone and water programs. The Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute (LSNJPRI) presented results from its report, “Food, Clothing, Health or a Home? The Terrible Choices and Deprivations – and Great Courage – of New Jerseyans Who Live in Poverty.” For all who attended, the conference was a great opportunity to interact with clients and community organizations.

NJ SHARES Attends Grandparents Raising Children Conference

This month, NJ SHARES showcased its services at the “Grandparents (and Other Relatives) Raising Children Conference,” held at Rutgers Law School. The conference was aimed at answering questions and educating people about their legal rights and those of their children. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about financial assistance programs – including NJ SHARES – as well as about special education, anger prevention and mental health services. James Dieterle, NJ SHARES Board member and Senior State Director of AARP, and Marilyn Askin, Chief Legislative Advocate for AARP, spoke at the conference.


NJ SHARES Attends the Center for Non-Profits Conference

NJ SHARES participated in the Center for Non-Profits’ annual conference on Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Monroe Hotel, in Jamesburg, NJ. This year’s conference featured discussions about the latest trends from prominent experts, including Lois Lerner, Director, Exempt Organizations Division, IRS, and Heerad Sabeti, Convening Trustee, Fourth Sector Network. The conference included 16 instructive break-out sessions, a variety of exhibitors and networking opportunities with New Jersey's non-profit community.
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New Jersey American Water Update

Effective January 1, 2011, the Low Income Payment Plan income eligibility cap will be 200%FPL rather than 175%. This makes the discounted rate program the same income guidelines as the water assistance grant program.

For questions on the updated guideline, please contact the NJ SHARES' Outreach department at outreach@njshares.org.
85 Ways to save energy
85 Ways to Save Energy and Money is a new segment brought to you by our friends at Atlantic City Electric. Each month, ACE will offer a helpful tip to save energy and money.


ACE's Helpful Tip For December:

Dress warmly to help retain body heat. A light long-sleeved sweater equals nearly 2 degrees of added warmth. A heavy long-sleeved sweater adds nearly 3.7 degrees of warmth without having to turn up the thermostat. Layering two lightweight sweaters adds 5 degrees of warmth because the air between them serves as insulation to keep in more body heat.

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