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Assistance programs Atlantic County.

Low income families, seniors, and households in crisis can get assistance. Find the agencies (churches, charities, and government social service offices) below to apply at for financial help. Get grants for paying rent, loans for mortgage help, free food or hot meals, clothes, gas or daycare vouchers, and more. There are programs in Atlantic County as well as city that combine emergency financial aid for bills (utilities and more) with long term support.

In addition to the emergency financial aid, there are also free programs and items from charities. These are based on donations. Atlantic County NJ low income families can get free clothes from clothing closets near them or Christmas toys or meals. There are winter jackets, free school supplies as well as uniforms for students as well as workers. Details on all of this is below.

Locate financial assistance that help with bills and expenses in Atlantic County

The Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. provides dozens of resources and services that try to improve the quality of life and promote self sufficiency on residents. There are dozens of different programs available. Some of them include those noted below. To learn more or apply, contact them at 1 South New York Ave. Suite 303, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 or dial 609-348-4131.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, also known as VITA, is available. This program offers free tax help to senior citizens and individuals who are age 60 or older. This program will also provide training and technical assistance to volunteers who volunteer their time to provide free tax counseling and assistance to elderly individuals in the preparation of their federal as well as state income tax returns.
     
  • Rent and Housing Assistance Program is part of what Human Resources offers too. If you apply and are found to be eligible, this program can provide you with short term rent help and funds to pay security deposits, first months rent, and more. Customers are eligible and are behind on their rent will receive temporary rental subsidies for a period of up twelve months, and the money is intended to help them deal with financial emergencies and crisis.

 

 

 

  • Universal Service Funds are for winter heating costs. This energy assistance program will provides funding and grants to assist low and moderate income families in meeting the cost of their home heating bills and it will also provide them credit towards electric, utility, and natural gas bills.
     
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistant Programs (LIHEAP) is a free grant program for utility bills.
    This federal government funded program will provide financial assistance and cash grants to meet heating and cooling costs. There is also an emergency component that will help ensure your service is not turned off. Other New Jersey heating assistance programs can help the low income or Mays Landing and Atlantic County NJ residents.

All of those resources listed above are provided by Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. However the non-profit community action agency oversees numerous other financial assistance programs as well as self-sufficiency programs such as job training. Case managers will help the less fortunate and working poor overcome their challenges. Read Atlantic Human Resources assistance programs.

The cost of housing in Atlantic County is very high. Many homeowners need mortgage help or assistance in buying a property. There are free counseling sessions, loan programs, and other housing programs available. Find how to get mortgage help as well as a list of programs.

Atlantic Homeless Alliance (AHA) addresses housing issues in Atlantic County. The organization, based on funding and the condition of the applicant, may offer some of the following.

  • Placement into short term shelter or transitional housing.
  • Assistance to travelers and help in obtaining IDs.
  • Funding for rental or utility deposits.
  • Eviction prevention advice for people threatened by homelessness.
  • Many other services are also offered, and Atlantic Homeless Alliance assistance programs.

 

 

 

 

Human Services and Public Aid - The state and county do provide financial support for very low income families. Some form of employment or job training will usually be required, including from WorkFirst. Whether is is medical care or heating bills assistance (both regular and crisis LIHEAP), child care vouchers, or other aid, DHS may assist. More on Atlantic County public assistance.

Charitable holiday programs - Find information on Christmas gift services, places to turn to for a meal or box of food, and more. Agencies in Atlantic County focus on helping children, senior citizens, and the working poor among others. Whether it is free toys from Angel Tree, or other help for families living in poverty, read more free holiday help in Atlantic County.

Atlantic County Salvation Army is a Christian charity that helps clients no matter their religion. This organization (856-696-5252) offers several emergency programs for Mays Landing and Atlantic City region. It will assist local families with paying for utilities, their monthly rent, money for heating bills and it offers free food from a local pantry. All of those funds are limited as it is financial in nature.

Other more material type goods may be provided too from the local center. This will include free clothing, shoes, back to school materials, gifts to nursing homes, hospitals, senior centers, holiday gifts and meals, and medicine along with other assistance programs. They are also a leading organization for referrals to local charities and state benefit. More on Atlantic County Salvation Army programs.

Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development is the social service office. They help the poor, low income, unemployed and others get help. Public assistance is arranged. This may be TANF temporary cash assistance (Family First) or free government health insurance, such as Medicaid or Medicare. There are referrals to affordable section 8 housing or applications to SNAP food stamp EBT cards. The primary address is 1333 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401-8297. Call (609) 348-3001. Or find more details on public government assistance in New Jersey.

Atlantic County legal aid

The Camden Center for Law and Social Justice, Inc. is a privately funded, non-profit law firm that helps low income, the working poor, and  the immigrant community. It will offer them the legal needs and support that they need. It helps people in the City of Camden and throughout the entire Southern New Jersey region. Click here to read more on New Jersey legal advice, or call them at 856-966-8896.

Free health care services

Both local residents as well as the migrant population of Atlantic County can get access to primary health and dental care services. Receive check ups, medications, cleanings, and other health care services from Southern Jersey Family Medical Center. Phone number is 609-567-0434.

Free government health insurance is available in the state. The primary one is Medicaid, but there are other options. They can also help Atlantic County residents with paying for insulin, prescription drugs, basic medical care, and even more. There is also emergency root canal and free dental services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help from free food programs

There are several pantries as well as social service agencies that operate in the county. A number of resources are administered. They offer free boxes of food, applications to public aid such as EBT cards from food stamps, and other support. Some of the centers include the following.

  • PathStone may have up to a 2 day supply of fruits, canned goods, and more. Dial (800) 624 - 1432.
  • The Main Street Pantry is for low income families, single moms and people in poverty. Phone - (609) 625 – 9446.

Other locations are in the county too. Free food banks and soup kitchens feed the family or individual. The hours and application process varies. Read Atlantic County free food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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