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4/30/2012

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What's New

LIHEAP Season Ends

On April 30, 2012, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will close. The Universal Service Program is available year-round to applicants who are at or below 175% of the federal poverty guideline.

To apply for USF, clients should call 1-800-510-3102.
To apply for NJ SHARES visit www.njshares.org or call 1-866-657-4273.



Registration Open for Poverty Summit May 21st

The Anti-Poverty Network will convene a Poverty Summit calling to action an investment in the people of New Jersey. The Summit scheduled for Monday, May 21st from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Trenton War Memorial, will provide reports on the current realities of poverty and income insecurity with a special focus on employment, housing and hunger issues in our state.

Join community organizations, advocates, persons living in poverty, legislators, state officials and others in this dynamic dialogue.


To Register online, visit: http://apnpovertysummit.eventbrite.com
or E-Mail to:jcampbell@cctrenton.org or
Fax to: Joyce Campbell 609-695-6978


New Jersey Foundation for Aging to Host Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the New Jersey Foundation for Aging Conference. The event will be held on June 14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg and is geared toward providers in the aging network. The conference is an educational opportunity to advance new approaches and professional ethics in order to enhance quality services for diverse senior and caregiver groups.

Keynote speakers, Linda Couch, Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Suzanne Braun Levine, nationally recognized author and authority on women, family issues and media will offer thoughtful presentations. For more information on registration, visit: www.njfoundationforaging.org.

President's LETTER


Jim Jacob, President and CEO

This month there are a few changes in the Telephone and Energy programs to note.

NJ SHARES administers the enrollment and outreach services for Verizonís Communications Lifeline Program. The Communications Lifeline Program is a national mandate by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Recently, the FCC has made changes that will affect Communications Lifeline Programs around the country. We are working with Verizon to develop compassionate solutions to keep our communities connected. As we become aware of the changes to the Verizon Communications Lifeline program we will communicate them.

Many of our neighbors are still struggling with the cost associated with winter heating bills. The Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period will close on April 30th.

Households 175% and below the federal poverty guideline will need to turn to the Universal Service Fund program. The Universal Service Fund (USF) program is a national model for a low-income energy safety-net. New Jersey funds this program through a societal benefits charge on utility bills. Applications are accepted year-round.

USF provides a monthly discount based on household income and energy usage. The program also provides a one-time arrears forgiveness component called Fresh Start, which will wipe balances clean if a customer can pay twelve out of fifteen months of the discounted current utility bills. There has not been a reduction in the eligibility or benefit levels for this critically needed state program.

As we strive to offer hope and deliver help to many households that are still catching up from the winterís heating bills, it is important to recognize our agency partners, friends and government supporters. We deeply appreciate all of your hard work and support for our program and our neighbors in need.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob



Events

Catholic Charities Advocacy Day

Social workers and members of the community attended Catholic Charitiesí Advocacy Day on April 26, 2012 in Riverton. The event is held annually to encourage people to advocate for themselves, as well as their communities. Workshops were held to discuss important issues such as economic security, the state budget, ending homelessness in our area, and employment.

NJSHARES participated in the cause by providing information on energy, telephone and water programs.

Agency Toolbox

LIHEAP/USF Rules

Agencies should take note that LIHEAP will close on April 30, 2012. As of May 1, NJ SHARES agencies will refer to the USF chart in their agency training packets to determine minimum income eligibility. Questions on how to use the chart can be addressed to outreach@njshares.org.


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