The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) announced that the Emergency Assistance period for clients who heat with Natural Gas and Electric BEGAN on March 16, 2012. Applications for emergency Home Energy Assistance (HEA) will be accepted until the end of the HEA season on April 30, 2012. Applications are available at BEOF. Mayor Mark A. Smith said, “I urge all Bayonne residents who may be eligible to apply for this emergency energy assistance program. It can help qualified households to get through difficult times. Please be sure to apply before the April 30 deadline. I would like to thank the BEOF for informing residents about this important program.”

Applying is easy and friendly. Staff is always available to help fill out the applications. Applications are available at BEOF, 555 Kennedy Boulevard (between 21st and 22nd Street), Bayonne, NJ 07002, (201) 437-7222. Contact: Sue Tierney (ext. 18). Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.

All eligible applicants (clients with issued or pending HEA benefit) can request an HEA emergency. They must provide a shutoff notice from the utility company. No other documentation will be accepted.

The maximum Emergency Benefit amount is $450.