Federal government aid is funding two job training and assistance programs in New Jersey with the goal of providing rapid relief to the jobless, providing housing assistance, and also help out families in Morris County and Northwest Jersey who are struggling from the economic downturn, according to Morris county officials.
People can get help from a $5.1 million job training program. This will especially benefit those who are seeking to re-train for jobs in the medical field. The program is being run by the Workforce Investment Board of Sussex, Morris, and Warren counties.
The job training program is officially known as WIRED, which stands for Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development. The primary goal of the program is to immediately help people in need of new jobs in northwest New Jersey, Morris Sussex, and Warren Counties. Dial (973) 395-8681 to learn more.
In addition, Morris County is planning on receiving almost $1 million for a "homeless prevention, rent aid, and rapid re-housing assistance program" for families that are in need of short-term rent or mortgage help. The aid is intended to help people make it thru a short term hardship and is not intended to be long term aid.
These funds will be made available to individuals and families, to help with paying utility bills, rental assistance, moving costs, security deposits, motel or hotel vouchers, and a wide variety of other bills and expenses. Also, help can be provided for employment training, medical bills and debt, mental health, credit counseling, and even legal advice. You can call (973) 829-8176.
Homeless Solutions, Inc. (973.993.0919) is another non-profit agency that can help people who are facing an eviction, and who are currently homeless. They provide legal advice, information on assistance programs, counseling, and other services.
Northwest NJ Community Action Program (NORWESCAP) is the community action agency of the local community. They administer several programs, and are always a great resource to call to learn about local charities, federal government programs, and services that a low income family can use. They run several energy programs, including the federal government funded LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program), weatherization, NJ SHARES (Statewide Heating & Referral for Energy Services), heating bill help programs, and other services and assistance programs to assist low income individuals and families with their heating & cooling bills. Learn about other energy assistance programs.
Other resources are overseen by NORWESCAP. They include free food, groceries, and information on government programs. Staff from the non-profit are focused on helping the less fortunate in Morris County New Jersey. Dial (908) 454-7000, or read Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership.
Salvation Army, Morristown Corps is a non-profit that offers short-term, non-permanent emergency financial assistance, including food, heating and utility and rental assistance, first months rent to individuals, families, senior citizens and groups unable to provide such services for themselves. Participant in NJ Shares. Referrals to service units and charities for those outside of Morristown area. Towns served: Cedar Knolls, East Hanover, Jefferson Twp, Morris Plains, Parsippany, Convent Station, Green Village, Mount Freedom, Ironia, Mendham, Morristown, New Vernon, Whippany New Jersey. Call (973) 539 - 2700, or find more details Morris Salvation Army.
Urban League of Morris County - The agency provides eligible persons and families with financial assistance for paying heating, electric or gas bills. Clients of the energy program must have cutoff notice or have had utility service cut off already. The non-profit also administers a number of emergency assistance programs, advice, and more. Among them include Housing Advocacy & Assistance. Sign up for counseling services to people in such areas as tenant/landlord rights, discrimination, mortgage default services, and counseling in reverse mortgages for seniors (62+) homeowners. Morristown NJ (973) 539 - 2121.
Hope House/Catholic Charities provides qualified families with limited amounts of emergency assistance for basic needs. This includes short term, temporary rent, mortgage, shelter or utility payments. Aid is only offered for HIV patients and their families/dependents. Call (800) 213 - 4967
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs - Assists needy NJ Natural Gas clients in payment of gas balances. Apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF). They are also an application Agency for NJ SHARES. These various programs can provide moderate and fixed-income households with temporary help paying their energy bills. 95-97 Bassett Hwy, Dover NJ. Call (973) 366 – 1131. Or stop by the office at 45 Clyde Potts Court, Morristown, New Jersey, 07960.
Morristown Senior Center/Morristown Division Of Aging offers many programs for senior citizens and the elderly. Among them include NJ SHARES Energy Assistance and grants. Other programs can provide free food, meals, and information on health care, including Medicare. 200 South St, Morristown, NJ, 07963, telephone (866) 657 - 4273
City of Morristown Housing Authority oversees low income and public housing programs for the metro and city area itself. Or get referrals to section 8 for subsidized rent. The agency provides housing units for families with children. (973) 538 - 6343
Emergency rent help is available from time to time. Agencies across Morris County, both government and non-profit, will try to assist families or individuals that are facing an eviction. Other assistance is for the vulnerable, such as elderly. Funds for back rent, grants, and other housing solutions are available, and find Morris County rental assistance programs.
Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund offers very focused assistance. Resources may be offered for terminally, critically, and chronically ill, severely disabled, or seriously injured children. The agency may have some funds to pay for bills that are not covered by insurance, such as utilities, rent, phone expenses, mortgage, and more. Financial assistance may even be available for car payments, special foods, and formulas, child care costs, and air conditioners. (215) 643 - 0763
Cathedral International can help Morristown families apply for programs such as those offered by New Jersey American Water. The location is also an application site for NJ SHARES Energy Assistance, which can offer grants for electric, heating bills, or furnace repairs. 205 Smith Street, Perth Amboy, NJ, dial (732) 826 - 8207
Housing Authority of Morris County administers the Rental Assistance from Section 8. Clients of this program will pay 30% - 40% of their total household gross income toward rent. (973) 540 - 0389. Read more section 8 in New Jersey.
Morris County Department of Human Services and the Office of Temporary Assistance (Emergency Assistance) offers homeless prevention and services such as relocation and shelter placement. They administer TANF, General Assistance & SSI. Social workers offer case management, assistance with back rent, rent security, emergency shelter placements, first month's rent, and utility and heating bill assistance. The main office is in Morristown, and can be reached at (800) 640 – 9783. Find more details on public aid in Morris County.
In addition to the services above, the state has several other benefits for very low income families. As some examples, there may be funds for paying security deposits on approved low income apartments. Some families regaining self-sufficiency can receive loans for expenses such as rent and housing costs. Also, Morris County residents, such as senior citizens, can enroll into Medicaid or prescription programs. Click here for details on public aid, as there are many resources available.
The Ada Budrick Child Care & Learning Center is a child care center helping children ages 2 ½ to 5, and the program offers subsidized care for unemployed and low income families. Serves preschool aged children and your children. 973-335-0619. Another child care center is Collinsville Child Care Center. It also focuses on younger children, and the working poor.
Family Guidance Center Corporation - Offers foreclosure prevention counseling, as well as individual and family budget counseling and programs to reduce or eliminate debt. Negotiates debt repayment plans in cooperation with creditors on behalf of clients. Dial (609) 586 - 2574, or click here for more on New Jersey foreclosure prevention programs.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley also offers Morris County homeowners debt reduction and HUD approved foreclosure prevention programs, as well as information on mortgage assistance programs. Dial (800) 989 - 2227.
A program known as Dress for Success (973.822.3188) promotes the economic independence and financial stability of disadvantaged women by providing brand new professional attire and clothes, as well as a network of support, job finding resources, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Receive one on one foreclosure, credit and budget counseling, access to matched savings clubs and financial fitness programs from the Housing Partnership for Morris County. They also offer home buyer programs that first time buyers can take advantage of, and various programs to prevent a foreclosure. Counselors can mediate and negotiate directly with your lender, refer you to New Jersey and federal programs, and provide other solutions. Click here to learn more on New Jersey foreclosure programs.
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey Morris Division provides free legal assistance and access to lawyers, without charge, in civil case for those unable to afford a private attorney. Get help with foreclosures, utility disconnections, domestic issues and much more. Click here to learn more, or dial 973.285.6911.
If you are struggling with paying a heating or utility bill, the local community action agency NORWESCAP has programs that may be able to help. The Housing and Energy Services that NORWESCAP offers low income and other qualified individuals include: NJ SHARES (Statewide Heating & Referral for Energy Services), LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program), weatherization assistance, and other energy assistance programs to assist low income individuals and families with paying for their their heating and cooling bills. The phone number is (908) 454-7000. Call them for energy bill help or information on other programs.
Four of the primary food banks are below. They can provide items such as free canned goods, bags of groceries, baby formula, rice, and breads. If those locations can’t meet your needs, then there are many other food assistance programs and distribution centers. Locate more food pantries Morris County.
Bethlehem Church of Randolph New Jersey (phone (973) 366 - 3434) has a limited free food pantry for members of the community.
Evangel Church of God runs a food pantry. Dial (973) 263 - 1787.
Interfaith Food Pantry - This center provides those in need with a supplemental food source, including groceries and free food. Items available are non-perishables. Dial (973) 538 - 8049.
Rockaway Food Closet - Call (973) 627 - 1059.
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