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8/31/2012

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Pictured are Jim Jacob, NJ SHARES’ President, Linda Casqueira, ETG Billing Services Specialist and ETG Vice President, Brian MacLean

New Jersey SHARES Receives Customer Matching Contributions from Elizabethtown Gas Company

Elizabethtown Gas customers have contributed more than $25,000 to assist their neighbors in need with their natural gas bills. To celebrate the generosity of their customers, Elizabethtown Gas has donated $25,000 to match their contributions!

Thanks to all the “Neighborhood Heros” who donated to help their neighbors in need with essential utility service. 100 percent of any individual contribution goes directly to your neighbor in need. Be a hero in your neighborhood, donate today.


https://secure.njshares.org/howYouCanHelp/donationsNew.asp




Pictured are Peggy Anastos, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Barbara Gomes, NJ SHARES, Jacklyn Isasi and Mary Beth Dixon, AARP NJ; Eric Kinefsky, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, and Michelle Torres, Affordable Housing Alliance.

New Jersey SHARES' Programs Showcased on AARP Teletown Hall

AARP NJ assembled 15,000 members during their August 1st Teletown Hall event. Members were able to actively participate and ask live questions to a panel of experts who shared Energy Assistance and Consumer Protections program information to the audience.

The event kicked off AARP's series of Community Resource Fairs held at various locations throughout the first two weeks of the month. The Teletown Hall technology brought a segment of the resources to the audience.

President's LETTER


This month, we remind our community partners of the early opening of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) set for October 1, 2012. Our utility company partners are kicking off their education and outreach assistance programs early this year and NJ SHARES will participate in the September events to help spread the word on resources available to our neighbors.

In addition to the critically needed assistance the LIHEAP program provides, New Jersey has a comprehensive percentage of income plan that is a national model. As you know, this plan is the Universal Service Fund Program which is available year-round to low income customers based on their income and energy burden. The program ensures that the most vulnerable can afford their energy bills by requiring customers pay up to 3% of their annual income toward each utility - 6% for Natural Gas and Electric combined. If enrollees are successful at budgeting and paying the discounted rate for a year, they can receive debt forgiveness on the arrears balance. This component is called Fresh Start and is only available to new enrollees.

Combining the LIHEAP assistance with the opportunity to make energy affordable to our most vulnerable residents is important for the basic needs of everyday survival. Connecting this population with conservation programs provides a holistic approach while teaching our neighbors how to conserve while budgeting to afford these basic needs.

NJ SHARES’ outreach materials include information on this and other vital programs. Many thanks to all of our partners and friends who aid us in creating awareness of energy affordability resources.

Warm regards,
Jim Jacob

Events


New Jersey SHARES Partners with New Jersey Natural Gas to Host Energy Assistance Sign-Up Days

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will host Energy Assistance Sign-up days in Morris, Monmouth and Ocean counties throughout the month of September. Agencies administering the Low Income Home Energy Program are partnering with NJNG to provide a sign-up service for clients in need of energy assistance this season. Clients will receive guidance on other forms of assistance they may qualify for. To qualify and apply for energy-assistance programs, participants are asked to provide proof of identification, proof of income (last four weeks prior to application date), proof of home ownership or rental agreement and recent copies of energy bills. The events are open to the public. To find an event near you, visit: https://www.njng.com/my-account-services/payment-options/PaymentAssistance.aspx.



New Jersey SHARES Brings Energy Assistance Awareness to AARP NJ’s Community Resource Fairs

This month, NJ SHARES participated in a series of Consumer Resource Fairs hosted by AARP NJ and the Division of Consumer Affairs. Nearly 1,000 AARP members participated in the fairs and learned of programs available to immediately impact the quality of their lives.



New Jersey SHARES to Participate in Atlantic City Electric’s Low Income Summit

The Low-Income Summit hosted by Atlantic City Electric (ACE) will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Summit will offer a forum to equip service providers with valuable information and tools to better assist Atlantic City Electric's customers, many of whom have challenges with their energy bills. The summit is absolutely free to our network partners and will commence at 8:00 AM with a continental breakfast and will conclude at 3:30 PM. Our network partners are invited to RSVP by September 14, 2012 by faxing your response to Renee Williams at ACE (202) 872-3228. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Alita Corbett at (609) 625-6921.

Agency Tool Box


Helpful Tools: Be sure to use the NJ SHARES Required Document Collection tools when gathering client’s information. This will help your clients understand which documents are required for them to furnish you before you can assist them in the application process.

To schedule training contact us at outreach@njshares.org.

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