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5/21/10

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LIHEAP Extends Application Period to May 28

On April 29, the Department of Community Affairs announced that the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period will extend until May 28, for households at 225% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or below. NJ SHARES has remained taking applications for clients between 226% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. On May 29th, when LIHEAP closes, NJ SHARES will begin to accept applications for households between 176% - 400%FPL who have not received a LIHEAP benefit this heating season. Any questions about the income guidelines can be addressed to outreach@njshares.org.

NJ SHARES Receives Funding for Statewide Energy Assistance, for All Fuel Types

In the 2010 State budget, NJ SHARES was allocated $5 million for statewide energy assistance for all fuel types. Three million was received in December 2009 and disbursed throughout the winter heating season. An additional allocation was received in early May and has been made immediately available.


NJ SHARES Night at Lakewood BlueClaws Set for Friday, July 9

NJ SHARES will be showcased during the BlueClaws’ baseball game on Friday, July 9, against the Delmarva Shorebirds. NJ SHARES will throw out the first pitch, our public service announcement will play on the scoreboard and the outreach team will have a table on the concourse to distribute information about energy assistance and conservation programs. In between innings, NJ SHARES will hold a special event for children.

The NJ SHARES Night at the BlueClaws will be sponsored by Jersey Central Power & Light, a FirstEnergy Company, and New Jersey Natural Gas. For free tickets, contact the outreach department at outreach@njshares.org.

Executive Letter


NJ SHARES welcomed news this month that the funding deadline for the LIHEAP program would be extended to May 28, providing much-needed assistance to households that are still struggling with overdue winter utitility bills.

For many of our neighbors, the impacts from the recession are only now beginning to be felt, in all aspects of their lives – including layoffs or loss of hours at work, higher costs for public transportation, imminent higher property taxes, and, of course, high energy bills. We are all aware of the economic impact of recession, but for many working people in our state, particularly those with low wage jobs or no health insurance, the crisis is that much more intense. One financial shock, such as a car or major home repair, can nudge a hard-working family toward the poverty line. Since January 2010 alone, the Department of Community Affairs Call Center, operated by NJ SHARES, received more than 157,190 calls. Agencies throughout New Jersey have been working at full capacity to match those in need with funding assistance.

NJ SHARES plays a key role in extending the energy safety net, to meet the needs of those who are not eligible for Federal and State programs, but need help nonetheless. So far this year, NJ SHARES has approved 7,583 energy assistance grants, but we know that we have had to turn away thousands more due to inadequate funding.

We would like to express our appreciation to our many supporters and friends who continue to make our programs possible. Together we will work toward maintaining and reinforcing the energy safety net – and strengthen New Jersey’s families at the same time.

Best regards,

Jim Jacob

Events

NJ SHARES Attends Womens’ Events to Spread the Word About Energy Assistance

The 2010 NJ Governor’s Conference for Women was held on Tuesday, May 4, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. NJ SHARES used the conference as an opportunity to bring our message about energy assistance to attendees. The conference was aimed at supporting and empowering women to improve the communities in which they live.

NJ SHARES also exhibted at the Women’s Health Fair on Saturday, May 8 in Trenton, providing attendees with informational materials on energy assistance and conservation. The event was organized by El Centro de Recursos – Catholic Charities and The Hispanic American Medical Association.

On a national level, May is also a time to recognize women’s health issues, featuring National Women’s Health Week (May 9-15), a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority, emphasizing exercise, good nutrition, health screenings, avoiding risky behaviors and paying attention to mental health.



NJ SHARES Attends AARP's Day at the Capital

NJ SHARES was showcased in front of hundreds of AARP volunteers yesterday at AARP’s Day at the Capital held at the Trenton Marriot.

Attendees were provided with important NJ SHARES program information as they arrived for a conference where Governor Christie was the keynote speaker. The Governor spoke about his plans to tackle the state’s fiscal issues while finding ways to keep vital programs alive during difficult decision making - programs like PAAD and Senior Gold. During Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s speech, he mentioned NJ SHARES funding for utility assistance is expected to be $25 Million in the coming fiscal year and the need to restore homestead rebates and the senior property freeze. Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver also discussed the challenges facing our neighbors across the state. Senator Barbara Buono and Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein spoke about the challenge of providing critically needed services in a dreadful ecomony.
NJ SHARES also participated in AARP’s Create the Good reception. For more information visit the Create the Good website at http://createthegood.org/.


NJ Social Workers Conference Held May 2-4

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) held its annual New Jersey Social Workers’ Conference from May 2nd- 4th. The conference, held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, provided NJ SHARES with an opportunity to speak with the state network of social workers who can potentially offer the NJ SHARES programs as part of their holistic solutions for clients. The New Jersey Chapter of NASW, with over 7,600 members, is the major professional social work organization in the state.

NASW is committed to advancing professional social work practice and the profession; and to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone. Its members work in hospitals and other health care settings, community agencies, government, academia, business, nursing homes, schools, and private practice.



Abilities Expo Set for May 21-23

The New York Metro Abilities Expo is set for May 21-23 at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison. The conference is dedicated to educating and improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, senior citizens, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, professional therapists and corporate administrators. At the conference, NJ SHARES team members will educate the general public on programs available to them, as well as seek out new agency partners with particular emphasis on disabilities.

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