09 Jan: $13 Million In Home Heating Assistance Approved By Senate

TRENTON – The Senate unanimously approved legislation today sponsored by Senators Joseph Doria, Shirley Turner, Wayne Bryant and Joseph Vitale that would direct $13 million dollars towards statewide home energy assistance programs for the upcoming winter.

“New Jersey families can expect to pay up to 35% more this year to heat their homes – a staggering increase,” said Senator Doria, D-Hudson. “For those who already live from paycheck to paycheck, this can really break the bank and force them to choose between a warm home and groceries or necessary medications. That’s a choice no one should have to make.”

05 Jan: Senate Budget Panel Approves Measure To Expand Heating Assistance Programs

TRENTON -The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved legislation today sponsored by Senators Shirley Turner, Joseph Doria and Wayne Bryant that would increase the amount available annually for grants to households eligible for energy assistance aid.

“As the price of crude oil continues to rise and home heating costs skyrocket, there becomes an increased necessity for the state to assist those in need in heating their homes,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “My office has already received numerous calls this winter from residents seeking aid to help stem the cost of keeping their families warm. Fortunately, we’ve had a mild winter so far, but I am concerned about what will happen when we get into a cold snap.”