NEWARK, N.J., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- An unexpected job loss, illness or injury can propel anyone into a financial crisis. Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) wants to make people aware of NJ SHARES – a statewide energy fund that provides temporary financial aid to help people in emergency situations pay their utility bills.
NJ SHARES provides grants to residential energy customers who are experiencing a financial crisis, have exhausted all other available sources of assistance, and are behind on their utility bills but have demonstrated a good faith effort to pay their bills.
"The NJ SHARES program helps people who are not eligible for low income energy assistance programs," said Jim Jacob, president and CEO of NJ SHARES. "The program serves as a safety net, offering assistance to New Jersey residents who have experienced a temporary crisis and cannot meet their current payments."
Grant amounts can be up to $700 for heating -- gas or electric, and up to $500 for electric service. NJ SHARES grants can only be used toward continuance or restoration of service.
NJ SHARES is funded by utilities and the generous donations from their customers. PSE&G matches customer donations dollar for dollar. For information about eligibility, where to apply or how to donate, visit www.njshares.org or call 1-866-NJSHARES (1-866-657-4273).
NJ SHARES partners with community-based and government agencies operating in more than 300 locations across the state. Follow NJ SHARES on Facebook at www.facebook.com/njshares.
There are a number of other programs available to help customers pay their bills. For more information on these programs, visit www.pseg.com/help or call 1-800-510-3102.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy company.
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