Low Income Assistance
Programs and eligibility may change annually.
A nation-wide web site of the National Council on Aging which identified federal, state and local benefits, as well as other helpful links.
- Internet Essentials is a program for low income HUD housing residents for low-cost internet service.
- New Jersey Public Utilities program to help people reduce energy use, lower costs and protect the environment. Eligibility for those on PAAD, HEAP, SSI, TANF.
MEDICAID & FOOD STAMPS
See Government Programs — contact Mercer County Board of Social Services or ADRC 609.989.6661
MERCER COUNTY HOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
More information on these programs at Mercer County Board of Social Services or ADRC (Office on Aging 609.989.6661) state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/programs/
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LI-HEAP)
- Provides low income families with financial assistance to help pay heating and cooling bills. 200% of FPL. Applications Oct 1–April 30.
- 609.989.6858 or 800.510.3102
Residential Weatherization Assistance Program
- Grants and technical assistance to income eligible families
Residential Home Rehabilitation
- Interest-free loans for income-eligible owner-occupiers
Helping Hands for Seniors
- Assistance for income-eligible seniors for repair/modification
Mercer County Board of Social Services
See Government Agencies
Mercer County / Enable Accessibility Program
- Assists with installation of ramps and interior modifications
MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM
The New Jersey Medicare Saving Program assists specified low-income medicare beneficiaries. See Medicare.
See also NEW JERSEY CARE, Special Medicaid program for Aged, Blind and Disabled, which covers Medicare Part A and certain other costs not covered by Medicare. See Medicaid.
- A website that helps you find out if you are eligible for New Jersey assistance programs. Currently includes food stamps, Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, LIHEAP, WFNJ/TANF, NJ Care for Kids, Kinship Navigator.
NEW JERSEY PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS (FAIR REBATE)
- One-time crisis grant for utility and phone bills. Not eligible if receiving other benefits.
- Eligibility for energy assistance capped at 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.
- 1901 N Olden Avenue Extension, Suite 1A, Ewing, NJ 08618
- 888.657.4273 or 609.883.1626
NJTRUE ENERGY ASSISTANCE
- Affordable Housing Alliance
- 59 Broad St., Eatontown, NJ 07724
- ahanjtrue.org, www.housingall.org
- Income eligible people can get assistance with gas and electric bills that are overdue.
PAGE PROGRAM (PSE&G)
- Assistance to pay gas and electric bills through PSE&G
- Income eligible, asset limit, outstanding balance but payments made, not received LiHEAP or USF funds.
- Nonprofit organization, home repair assistance in Central New Jersey
PRINCETON HUMAN SERVICES
- Municipal General Assistance, Latino Services, Taxi, Other Assistance
- 1 Monument Dr., Princeton, NJ 08540
PRINCETON No-Interest Home Improvement Loans
- Princeton seniors who own their homes and have an annual income within certain limits may qualify for a loan to help with major home repairs such as roof replacement, electrical, plumbing and structural repairs, among others. The loan is interest free if the person continues to live in the home for at least six years. Payment of the loan is deferred until the home is sold.
- 609.688.2029 — Princeton Affordable Housing Coordinator
PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNT PROGRAMS
PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT BUREAU
- Funds for owner occupants for housing rehabilitation, loans, grants.
- 319 E. State St., 2nd Fl. Annex, Trenton, NJ 08608
UNIVERSAL SERVICES FUND
- Board of Public Utilities — complaints and assistance
- Monthly credit on utilities for income eligible —175% FPL
UTILITY ASSISTANCE (LIFELINE CREDIT PROGRAM)
Lifeline consists of three programs: Lifeline Credit Program provides a $225 credit on electric and gas utility bills for eligible beneficiaries. Tenants Lifeline Assistance Program provides a $225 check to eligible tenants who have the cost of gas and electric utilities included in their rent. Special Utility Supplement provides a supplement of up to $18.75 a month to recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in place of a Lifeline Utility credit or Tenants Lifeline Assistance payment.
Must be a recipient of PAAD; Must meet the eligibility requirements for PAAD; Must be a recipient of Medical Assistance to the Aged (MAA); Must be a recipient of Medical Assistance Only (MAO); or must be a recipient of the New Jersey Care. For additional information call toll free 800.792.9745 .
VISION, HEARING, DENTAL PROGRAMS
OTHER POSSIBLE SOURCES OF ASSISTANCE:
Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton
United Progress Inc.
United Progress Inc. is a nonprofit community action agency with more than 35 years of experience providing poor and disenfranchised populations with social service programs designed to promote self-sufficiency and responsibility and move them from poverty into the economic main stream. UPI’s current programs include housing, employment, alcohol and drug treatment, nutritional and psychosocial counseling in addition to an emergency food pantry and information and referral services.
- 162 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08618
- Emergency & Community Services, 132 N. Warren St., Trenton NJ
The Princeton Senior Resource Center does not endorse any of the resources listed on these pages. We collect and provide information from many sources as a service to those seeking services in the Princeton area. No listed provider pays to be in our directory.