If you, or somebody you know, is struggling to pay energy bills, PSE&G may have a program to help. It’s called the Temporarily Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE) Program, and it is a one-time benefit. The maximum grant is $750 for electric and $750 for gas service.
To be eligible for TRUE, customers must meet income and eligibility requirements: The income of a two-person household must be at least $29,160 and not more than $69,853. For a household of four, income should be between $44,112 and $103,034. Income caps for other size households are listed here. Customers must also be 45 or more days past due on their bill and/or have received a service discontinuation notice and have been ineligible for or have not received LIHEAP or USF benefits in the last year. Prospective applicants must demonstrate that four payments of at least $25 each have been made on their utility account within the past six months, at least three of which were made 30 days prior to applying for the TRUE grant.
For more information about the TRUE grant, call 855-465-8783 or use PSE&G’s Web site.
PSE&G also wants customers to know about these programs:
- The Universal Service Fund (USF) 800-510-3102. Helps make low income customer bills more affordable with a $5 to $150 monthly credit.
- NJ SHARES 866-NJ SHARES (657-4273). Helps moderate income customers not eligible for low income programs with up to $300 toward electric bills and $700 toward natural gas heating bills.
- NJ Lifeline 800-792-9745. Helps income eligible seniors and disabled adults with an annual utility credit of $225.
- Salvation Army Red Shield 888-302-6100. Helps military personnel and their families with utility bills.
- Applications are available at all PSE&G Customer Service Centers for the TRUE grant, USF, and NJ Lifeline. Addresses are listed on PSE&G customer bills.