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No one should go without services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) continues to help residents cope amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the early days of the outbreak, the BEOF had been promoting businesses on social media.

Samantha Howard, executive director of the BEOF, announced that the it continues to provide programs to help low-income residents pay their energy bills.

Those programs include the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Universal Service Fund (USF), the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEA), and Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE).

“As we emerge from the Coronavirus crisis and our economy reopens, the need for this service is going to be tremendous,” Howard said.

The BEOF asks Bayonne and other Hudson County residents who might qualify to pick up applications either at the front door of the BEOF office at 555 Kennedy Blvd, or visit beof.org and print out an application.

According to Howard, the funding for these energy assistance programs comes from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the federal government.

LIHEAP helps home owners and tenants with low incomes. USF and HEA have income limits that vary by household size, available to residents upon request from the BEOF.

How to apply

Applicants will need to supply photocopies of their current bills from PSE&G and oil or propane suppliers, Howard said. Home-owning applicants will need to provide copies of proof of ownership.

Tenant applicants will need to provide photocopies of their leases. According to Howard, all applicants will need to provide proof of income, because the energy assistance programs are based on income.

Applicants must have Social Security cards. They must also complete medical forms that are stamped by physicians.

Residents can submit their completed applications by mail to P.O. Box 1032, Bayonne NJ 07002, or place them in a secured drop box at the front door of the BEOF office on 555 Kennedy Blvd.

Residents can fax the completed application to 201-437-2220, or email it to information@beof.org.

Howard said that applications will be processed immediately.

“Our staff will contact you with requests for more information needed for the qualifying process, so please help us help you by providing your name, phone number, and address as means of contacting you,” Howard said.

For questions about the BEOF or its services, call the office at 201-437-7222.

The BEOF is taking donations for local residents impacted by COVID-19 at BEOF.org.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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