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.