· Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs
LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
Applicants for Food Stamps automatically apply for LIHEA when applying for these programs. No other application is necessary.
Other Gloucester County residents who feel they may qualify for LIHEA may contact the following locations under Gloucester County by clicking here.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (EA)
Work First New Jersey/TANF/GA and Supplemental Security Income recipients may be eligible to receive Emergency Assistance (EA) benefits to alleviate or prevent homelessness. This assistance may include temporary shelter, utility assistance, food, household furnishings, security deposit, first month's rent, back rent, and/or a rent subsidy. Receipt of these benefits is time-limited and contingent upon other eligibility factors, such as housing affordability.
If you are currently receiving either TANF, SSI or GA you may be eligible for our Emergency Assistance Program that can assist you with some related housing costs in an effort to avoid homelessness. We can assist with temporary emergency shelter, food, utility assistance and in some cases clothing and household furnishings for homeless persons who are eligible for TANF, GA and/or SSI under certain circumstances.
Temporary emergency shelter, as well as assistance with rent, security deposits or utilities, can also be provided for certain homeless persons who are not recipients of the above programs. The type and amount of assistance given depends on the availability of funds and the ability to provide a more long-term solution to the problems of homelessness.
In all circumstances, a social worker is available to function as an advocate for the individual or family in working with landlords, shelter operators and utility companies in order to obtain services that are needed.
To contact a social worker regarding Emergency Assistance:
Call (856) 256-2113 before 4:30 PM
NJ SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (NJ SNAP)
This program is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and wellbeing of low-income individuals by raising their level of nutrition. When making food purchases, eligible individuals use their Families First card to pay for food purchases with funds available in their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account.
Able-bodied NJ SNAP recipients may be required to register for work and participate in meaningful work-related activities through the NJ SNAP Employment and Training Program.
Food Assistance is also available through Food Pantries provided by various community organizations. Food pantries are independent entities not affiliated with GCDSS, but who work with GCDSS to assist the public in need of food assistance.
Click here for a list of available food pantries
Further information is available at the web site of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Click here to see if you qualify.
WORK FIRST NEW JERSEY/GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WFNJ/GA)
This is a program designed to provide time-limited cash assistance and services that help improve the well-being of single adults or couples without children while they work at obtaining self-sufficiency through employment and/or other sources. The WFNJ/GA program incorporates a five-year limit on cash assistance.
WORK FIRST NEW JERSEY/TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (WFNJ/TANF)
This is a program designed to provide time-limited cash assistance to needy families with children. The program requires most recipients to participate in work-related activities while providing child-care assistance and other support services designed to promote economic self-sufficiency. The WFNJ/TANF program incorporates a five-year limit on cash assistance.
The National Voter Registration Act was implemented in New Jersey. Accordingly, staff offers all applicants/clients the opportunity to register to vote at each application, address change, recertification, or redetermination interview.
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