NEWARK, NJ – As the city nears June 30, the date New Jersey is expected to resume business interruption, needy Newark residents can turn to a variety of resources for assistance.

The utility lockdown moratorium prevented public and private utility companies from shutting off gas, electricity and water supplies for non-payment. Though it was last extended in March, the moratorium is slated to expire this month as New Jersey utilities are asking customers who are behind on their bills to contact them for a payment arrangement or help with the payment Finding payment before the deadline.

PSE & G has a page on its website with information on the various resources available such as: B. Setting up deferred payments for customers.

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Several public programs can help New Jersey residents who are still unable to pay their utility bills, including all gas, electricity, and water utilities. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has also raised awareness of resources, including:

Renters and homeowners can qualify for additional state and federal assistance programs to help cover utility bills and other critical expenses.

A government screening tool and the 2-1-1 hotline can help identify the options available to qualified participants. Those in need should also contact their electricity, water, natural gas and communications providers for specific help.

Assistance programs have expanded since the pandemic began, so those who initially did not qualify for assistance may now be eligible.