LRRC: Assistance Available for Past Due Electric Bills

The Ørsted CARES program (through NJ Shares) has limited funding available for households facing a temporary financial crisis that need help paying their electric bill. Income-eligible families can receive grants up to $200 to cover past-due balances on their electric bills. The income limits are high (for example, the income limit for a family of 6 is $11,720 per month), and anyone facing a temporary financial crisis should consider applying. This program is open to anyone, including those who receive HEAP and other assistance from NJ Shares.

To apply, go to, create an account, and provide your basic family information. You will then be able to see all the NJ Shares assistance programs you may be eligible for, including the Ørsted CARES program. Choose the programs you would like to apply for. You will then be asked to provide some additional household information. After submitting, you will be asked to provide documentation to support your application.


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There are 1 Comments to "LRRC: Assistance Available for Past Due Electric Bills"

  • Applied says:

    Be advised that the application can be a little quirky. I had to notify them of issues, which they had fixed in a couple of hours. Your income numbers must be exact, complete and you must upload supporting documentation like copies of last two pay stubs for everyone in the household, social security cards, proof of DOB, and copies of utility bills. If you don’t have a complete application, they will notify you of what’s missing and you will have to redo the whole application again. I had to do it 3 times! I do have to say, the service team is excellent and will return your emails and even call you with advice. I started my first application and checked the eligibility requirements on another page’s FAQs and realized I had too much income. Even though I did not complete the application, they called me to ask why not. I told them I checked the FAQ and I wasn’t eligible. She double-checked my income and said the FAQ was wrong and urged me to re-apply. Make sure you are prepared with everything needed for the application, do it slowly and carefully and you should be good to go.