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Lifelong Montclair TreeChrill Home Friend Program
(973) 744-8103
Provides assistance with laundry, light house cleaning, grocery shopping, light meal preparations, local errands, and socialization for seniors in Essex County.  Cost is on a sliding scale.  Some restrictions apply.  Please call for details.

Comfort Partners Program
The New Jersey Comfort Partners Program is a free energy saving and energy education program. The program is designed to improve energy affordability for income eligible households through direct installation of free energy efficiency measures and education about steps everyone can take to save energy.

H2O to Help Others Program 
American Water’s H2O Help to Others Program is designed to provide aid to New Jersey’s most economically challenged customers. Customers who qualify may receive a grant to help pay their water bill.

HEAP-State of New Jersey Home Energy Assistance Program
(973) 485-0795
Refund for heating and electricity available for those meeting income, age and/or disability qualifications. Applications available November through March. Assistance with repair or replacement of heating system for eligible individuals.

Jewish Vocational Service Home Maintenance Solutions
(973) 674-2415, ext. 296
Provides nonsectarian basic home maintenance and repair.

Lifeline Credit Program
Annual utility benefit available for eligible individuals. This includes utility customers and tenants whose utility costs are included in their rent. Application sent automatically to those receiving PAAD.

Senior Home Repair Program
(973) 655-0300
Assistance with minor plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and other home repairs for senior homeowners.


One-time emergency oil delivery and boiler repair or replacement to low-income adults 60 and over. Service is provided in urgent situations requiring immediate action to alleviate a heating problem which constitutes a health emergency and/or places the individual at risk of loss of shelter.

Cooling: Service provided to low-income older adults 60 and over includes: distribution of fans, distribution of air conditioners on a limited basis to low-income older adults with a physician’s letter of medical necessity.

TO APPLY: Call the Essex County NJ EASE Information and Assistance Unit at:

Essex County Division of Housing & Community Development: Financing Home Improvement

Montclair homeowners who need to make repairs to their houses and who may not have the cash to fund it may find help in the Essex County Division of Housing & Community Development Financing Home Improvement plan. This program provides Deferred Loans to low and moderate income homeowners who occupy a 1 to 3 family home. The financial instrument behind this Deferred Loan is a soft lien recorded against your property which must be paid off only if you sell or transfer ownership of the property within a 10 year period. Examples of eligible improvements include: heating, roofing, plumbing, electrical and code violation abatement.

For more information, contact: Mr. Elvin Pereira, Loan Advisor at (973) 655 – 0200 ext. 316. The Home Improvement Program is funded through a County Community Development Block Grant Program.