New Jersey SHARES is a state-wide, non-profit organization that helps residents in need pay their energy and utility bills. Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D), who serves as Chair of the Telecom and Utilities Committee, sat down with NJToday’s Desiree Taylor to discuss the program and its benefits.
Chivukula said the number of people needing assistance fluctuates with economic conditions. Recently, he said 20,000 residents were part of the program, compared to 15,000 previously. He said New Jersey SHARES relieves some of the pressure families may face by paying utility bills so they can focus on finding jobs and putting food on the table. Chivukula said those in need of assistance can find information on the NJ SHARES website or contact their legislators who have staff members trained to explain enrollment procedures.