If you are struggling, two places to turn to for help include the Family Promise of Warren County Interfaith Hospitality Network and NORWESCAP. They are both non-profit organizations that offer a wide variety of services and resources to people in need. Find more information below, as well as the contact information for each organization.
For people who are facing eviction or who are behind on their monthly rent payments, the Family Promise of Warren County, which runs the Warren County Interfaith Hospitality Network, may be able to help. Thousands of dollars of assistance and cash grants can be provided to help people with future rental payments. The money is to be paid out on a month-by-month basis. The reason for this is so that the organizations can ensure that people are meeting their obligations, as the program is not intended to be long term charity. In addition, the month to month payments are also due to both the uncertainty of available funding and to also ensure residents are fulfilling their obligations, such as following their agreed upon budgets and paying their fair share of the rent. Contact the Family Promise group at 908.453.2194.
The USF assistance program, which was created by the State of New Jersey to help make energy and heating bills more affordable for low and moderate income customers. The energy bill assistance program provides funds and grants to help qualified households to lower the amount that they have to pay for their natural gas, heating oil, and electric bills. Eligible applicants must apply for the federal government LIHEAP program in order to receive consideration for USF. Contact NORWESCAP for details. Phone number is below.
This is another option that provides grants to assist eligible households to help them meet both their home heating and cooling costs. The money is available for families who reside in Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren or Sussex counties. Assistance payments and grants are made directly to the utility company or fuel vendor on behalf of the eligible applicant.
This is also offered by NORWESCAP. They offer a wide variety of assistance programs that focus on case management services, counseling, and referrals. In general, the case management approach provides better coordinated services in the community and can also provide improved access to local resources and programs, as well as other supportive services to assist individuals and families reach their goals. Included in this category are programs that also focus on assisting women gain personal and economic self-sufficiency, and even programs that can help people deal with medical debt and collectors.
Another program that provides assistance to eligible families and individuals who live in Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren County who are in need of temporary aid with paying their utility bills. Applicants to this program need to have a shutoff or termination notice and they also can’t be a participant nor can they be income eligible for any additional types of utility assistance. So they can’t be eligible for other state or government programs.
Last, but not least, NORWESCAP also free food. They manage a food bank, and other programs, that will provide needy people with free, nutritious meals.
Struggling homeowners can find help as well. NORWESCAP employs one full time housing counselor who works with borrowers that are experiencing a housing crisis or who are facing a foreclosure. The Housing Foreclosure Coordinator will work closely with those individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis, and those who need assistance with their mortgage payments. They will provide them with free advice, review their financial options, screen for financial assistance for state, federal government and other programs, (including New Jersey mortgage programs), and they will help the homeowner develop a household budget. The goal is to help each family have safe and stable housing, and prevent or stop any foreclosure filings.
Contact NORWESCAP at (908) 454-7000 for more information on any program, or to apply.
Urban League of Morris County - Gas and electric bill assistance is offered for eligible persons. Applicants need to have cutoff notice or have had their utility or heating service cut off already. Programs are targeted to those Warren County New Jersey families people who have short term financial difficulties (such as job loss or medical emergency), and have exhausted all other options, such as government aid. Telephone number is (973) 539 - 2121, or find more Urban League locations. Click here.
Hope House/Catholic Charities - Low to moderate income income persons with HIV/AIDs, as well as their immediate family members, can apply for financial help. Programs offer emergency assistance for short term expenses and basic needs, rent assistance, mortgage, temporary shelter and/or utility bill payments. The Hope House also runs it. Call (800) 213 - 4967
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