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New Jersey Guide to Meeting Basic Utility Needs
Local County Resources
Community Action Programs (CAP) and Community Based Organizations (CBO)
The local application agencies highlighted in our Utility Assistance Programs page, include local CAPs and CBOs, each of which are the place to turn when you are having a problem paying your utility bills. These organizations are designed to help you access programs like LIHEAP, USF and Weatherization. They often administer other programs devoted to helping people find solutions to the challenges faced by individuals and families with limited resources. Find the CAP/CBO in your community.
NJ County Board of Social Services
The Board of Social Services provides eligible county residents with financial, medical, and social services assistance. Assistance can be granted for emergency circumstances, as well as to meet ongoing needs. To learn more about the services available where you live, contact your county's Board of Social Services.
FIND MORE LOCAL RESOURCES IN THE NJ 2-1-1 DATABASE
Our database has hundreds of local programs that list utility assistance among the services provided. To find programs related to assistance with utilities use this search term: Utility Payment Assistance.
NJ 2-1-1 maintains a resource database that includes information about state and local resources including local programs in communities throughout the state. Our call specialists use this database to provide information about resources to those who contact us by phone. You may access the resource database at any time by typing your search term into the search bar located in the upper right-hand corner of most pages and in the center of the Home page on our site. After you type your search term into the bar that says "Search Database for Local Resources", click on "Search Now" and you will be taken to the NJ 2-1-1 resource database where you should find your search results. Once on this site, you may limit your search in many ways including geographically by clicking on "Advanced Search" - remember to type in your search terms again and then choose the county you wish to search.
Pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 when you need help.
You are encouraged to dial “2-1-1” 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you need help in understanding and finding available assistance services. Language translation and TTY services are offered to any caller. In addition to
searching the database of services in your local community you can also Chat Live with an experienced community resource specialist. 2-1-1 will help identify with you the best local resources to fit your individual needs during times of financial distress or for life’s everyday situations.
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