MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County is now accepting applications from residents who need help paying for their energy bills. Beginning on October 1, the County began enrolling residents in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as the Universal Service Fund (USF) for residents who pay their own heating expenses and need help paying their winter heating bills. Residents with medical conditions also can receive cooling assistance. 

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created financial hardships for many households that now have to worry about the cost of heating and other energy bills,”said Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. “I urge our low-income residents to visit our website or contact the County housing office to determine their eligibility to apply for energy assistance.”

Eligibility is based up household size and income and varies between each program.  Applications and more information about the program and income eligibility check the Mercer County Housing and Community Development website. 

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the public will only be able to enter the building on an as needed basis by appointment only.  If an in-person appointment is necessary, residents can call (609) 337-0933 or email heatingappt@mercercounty.org to schedule an appointment. 

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Beginning October 1, the County will temporarily be operating an outdoor informational center adjacent to the 640 South Broad Street building.  Clients will be able to drop off applications and access information from LIHEAP staff. 

The County will continue to receive applications up until the deadline of July 31 via regular mail, fax, and email.  

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