Unexpected situations can make it difficult to pay utility bills. For this reason, in 2003, the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) set up a fund, now known as the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust / BPU Good Neighbor Fund.
Qualifications to Receive the Good Neighbor Fund
In 2015, the fund was expanded to help customers of any income level who meet the following qualifications:
Maintain or attempt to maintain a regular bill payment record
Receive no Social Services assistance for utility bills
Experienced a sudden hardship
Examples of hardships (not limited to these examples):
An accident or sudden illness that could tie up your regular income for a period of time.
Immediate house repairs that leave you with utility bills you can’t pay on time.
Sudden unemployment that could prevent you from paying BPU bills right away.
An unknown leak in your plumbing that results in a high water bill quickly.
The Salvation Army - one of John Alfred Johnson’s favorite charitable organizations -verifies your hardship.