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Schaer & Caride Hail Grant Award to United Passaic Organization, Inc. to Help Low Income Passaic Residents with Energy Bills

(36th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer and Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) today praised the $100,423 grant awarded to community organization United Passaic Organization, Inc. to assist Passaic residents who may be struggling with their energy bills.

“Community organizations like United Passaic are on the front lines in the fight against poverty. Without their assistance, many families would be left to struggle on their own so this award is not only well-deserved, but crucial,” said Schaer. “Thanks to this grant, they will be able to continue their mission and help residents struggling to pay their energy bills avoid energy service interruption.”

“This is wonderful news and just in time for the holidays. Too many people in Passaic live in poverty. Organizations like United Passaic are there to make sure that residents who are struggling financially don’t fall through the cracks,” said Caride. “I’m glad they received this grant and that residents who may be having a hard time staying on top of their energy bills will have some relief.”

The grant came from the Universal Service Fund (USF) program, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs and helps make energy bills more affordable for low income residents. The award given to the organization will provide funds to ensure that eligible Passaic City utility customers pay no more than an affordable portion of their household income for energy costs.