People are still getting back to normal after the hurricane, but November also is a good time to ensure that help paying for heat and other essentials gets to those who will need it in the coming winter.

To that end, the United Way’s Project Warm Heart and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s R.E.AL Help program will present a free Economic & Energy Assistance Resource Expo on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township.

“The goal of this expo is to create awareness of the resources that are available in our community,” John Emge, United Way executive director for Atlantic and Cape May counties, said in a statement. “Our local electric and gas companies along with a number of other local agencies have initiated this event as a way to put the information in the hands of those that need it.”

Through a partnership with local energy companies and assistance organizations — including Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas Co., Atlantic Human Resources, South Jersey Legal Services and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey — many representatives will provide information and answer questions on local programs and process assistance applications.

Sheriff Frank X. Balles created the ‘R.E.AL. Help’ program to respond to the increased number of families that are in danger of losing their homes.

“R.E.AL Help — which stands for Realty Experts Aligned to Help — provides education and outreach about programs that may help them during these challenging times,” Balles said in a statement.

Applications for energy and other assistance programs will be made available to those attending the expo. Certain program guidelines and restrictions apply. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process:

- Social security cards for all household members

- Proof of income

- Lease, property tax bill or mortgage statement

- Recent income statements

- SSI, SSD, TANF, and GA award letters

- Affidavit of nonincome if not working (applies to 18 or older)

- Current energy bills