Cape Human Resources assistance programs.

Families of Cape May County in New Jersey can get help from the non-profit community action organization. The agency, known as Cape Human Resources, administers numerous assistance programs for struggling families, including the low income, the unemployed, and seniors. Most of the aid they offer is done so in partnership with the federal government or state of New Jersey.

There are a few different utility bill assistance programs offered, and they include Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), weatherization, and NJ Shares among others. They are paid for using federal government grants with additional support from the state of New Jersey.

HEAP is the primary nationwide program. It operates during the fall, winter, and spring months and it can help low income Cape May County families with paying their utility bills. Clients will be sent a grant to use to pay their bill or in some cases a credit will be placed on their account. There is also a crisis component that is used to stop a disconnection.

In order to apply for this, Cape Human Resources requires proof of income, assets, expenses, and more information. Priority is for the elderly, disabled, and seniors in the county. Any aid paid out is first come and served.

For those families that do not qualify, New Jersey Shares (NJ Shares) may be an option. This is formally known as the Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services and it can help those that are not qualified for LIHEAP. The SHARES program provides short term financial help in paying electric, water, heating, and gas bills. It is sometimes able to assist Cape May households that do not qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or Universal Service Fund. Call 1-866-657-4273 for details.

Weatherization is for low income, elderly, disabled, as well as physically and financially challenged individuals. The government program will improve the efficiency of their furnaces and heating systems. It also all apsecits of conservation of their home.

The Program will help low-income customers save money on utilities and control their energy costs through the installation of weatherization materials and consumer education. Using government funds, Cape Human Resources will provide for the installation of measures to increase energy efficiency of a home, do audits, provide for weather-stripping; caulking, adding ceiling, wall, and floor insulation; patching holes in the building envelope; tune-up, repair or replacement of energy inefficient heating and cooling systems and duct work.




The Cape Human Resources food pantry is under high demand as well, and is a staple service. It is offered in partnership with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey as well as FEMA / Federal Emergency Management Agency. As donations and funding allows, the community action agency offers several days of free groceries, canned goods, meats and more. It is based on ages of the household, family size, income and dietary requirements. Or get applications for SNAP, advocacy, the WIC program and/or referral services to other government aid and public benefits. Dial (609) 465 4531.

Day Care is for children under the age of 6. The Cape May County non-profit and its partners will create a positive learning environment for each infant and child to grow and learn at their own pace. Free healthy meals and snacks are provided, basic education occurs, and playful interaction is encouraged. Call (609) 465-4531 for details.

Employment and internships from the Summer Youth Program is for dozens of students. The teenagers that enroll will work on chore services, ground maintenance, and other activities that are benefiting the senior community. Other positions support local churches, charities and non-profit groups.

The program provides employment for youth during the summer months, maybe gives them a small income and helps them reduce financial stress in an economically challenged environment. It also teaches and instills in them a sense of responsibility to the students and prepares them to better cope with their own financial situations. Sturdy Savings Bank and Cape Human Resources also provide students with a three-day, financial literacy course.




Other information and government benefits may be offered by Cape Human Resources. The main office is at 100 East main Street. Whitesboro New Jersey 08242. Call (609) 465-4531 for information on their resources.


By Jon McNamara

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