Grant awarded to help low-income residents with utility costs, weatherization


WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Third District legislators announced new funding Tuesday to help low-income residents pay their utility bills and make their homes more energy efficient.

Gateway Community Action Partnership will receive $516,260 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to help residents with their weatherization efforts, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli said.

“This grant will help low-income families keep their homes warm in cold weather, cool in hot weather and help pay their utility bills,” Sweeney said. “They will receive the immediate assistance they need to and make weatherization improvements that can reduce utility costs by using energy more efficiently.”

Gateway serves the needs of low-income residents in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, and the grant is part of the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Burzichelli said even the threat of a heavy storm is a reminder that some people can be vulnerable in severe winter conditions.

“These grants can also be used for emergency assistance for heating and fuel,” he said. “They serve basic needs that can be critically important for those struggling to make ends meet.”

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