Julio Garcia: February 15, 2018

Is the Cold Weather Taking a Bite out of Your Wallet?
There is Help Available  

Julio Garcia

PACO Executive Director


Many are struggling this time of year to pay their energy bills. Low-income households carry a larger burden for energy costs, typically spending 16.3% of their total annual income versus 3.5% for other households (2014 ORNL study). Often, they must cut back on healthcare, medicine, groceries, and childcare to pay their energy bills. The fallout from the hurricane in Puerto Rico has only made matters worse for many Americans in New Jersey.

Most people don’t know that help is available. PACO has been helping low and middle class Americans in New Jersey since 1970. Two of their big initiatives, LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP), and  WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM are focused on helping our most vulnerable.

For LIHEAP, extensive academic research has documented the broader impact of energy assistance, from the “heat-or-eat” dynamic seen in

many lower-income households, to the health effects on children. LIHEAP continues to be critical in protecting millions of struggling American families.

In New Jersey, PACO also heads up the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program that reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety.

Many New Jersey residents don’t know that this help is available and continue to suffer, paying an exorbinant percentage of their income to energy bills. PACO is here to help.


For more information contact PACO at 201-963-8282 or info@pacoagency.org.
Information will also be posted on PACO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts


About Puertorriqueños Asociados for Community Organization (PACO):

PACO is a community based, multi-services organization founded in 1970 to serve low and moderate-income families throughout Hudson County. Based in Jersey City with offices across the County, PACO’s mission is to empower communities by providing a full spectrum of social, human, and affordable housing which include: Energy Conservation, Senior Services, Education, Multi-Services, Community Engagement, Housing Assistance, and Law Enforcement Recruitment. PACO employs a predominantly bilingual (English-Spanish) professional staff of 32 employees and serves more than 37,000 families annually. For more information visit www.pacoagency.org.


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