Gloucester County New Jersey assistance programs.

The working poor and struggling families in Gloucester County can get financial help. Find some of the charities, government programs, and even churches to apply at for rental assistance or grants to pay utility bills. There are also food assistance programs, cash and grants from the government for paying bills, free medical, transportation, and other social services.

Medical and dental assistance

Gloucester County New Jersey is offering free or discounted health care with no co-pay to qualifying Gloucester County residents. Residents can receive information on the program, and aid, by becoming members at the Glassboro Community Health Center (phone 856-863-5720). They need to bring proof of involuntary job termination or unemployment.

The free health care center, which is run by Community Health Care Inc., offers dental, medical assistance, and top specialists care for both children and adults. They also coordinate with New Jersey to offer onsite enrollment in Medicaid, Charity Care, and NJ FamilyCare.

In addition, Gloucester County also offers various health care options for children without insurance who range in age from 2 months to 19 years old. The county also has a prescription savings program for all county residents that provides discounted or free drugs, and this plan is designed to promote wellness for seniors, children, working families, and also military veterans. Find additional ways to get medical bill assistance.

Last, but not least, through the county's Office of Child Health and Wellness, families as well as their children can be counseled on living healthy lifestyles. Both doctors and nurses from the county and office also offer free screening for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and they also screen for lifestyle risk factors at health fairs and other local events held across New Jersey.





Help with rent

The Tri-County Community Action Partnership Inc. has been awarded federal government stimulus grants to provide housing help to local residents. The assistance will come in the form of short and medium term rent payments, money for security deposits, and even help with paying someone’s monthly energy bill. The total amount of the federal grant provided for this housing aid was almost $200,000. Dial (856) 451-6330.

Emergency financial assistance and services in Gloucester County

Catholic Charities Family and Community Service Centers operate all across the region. Lower to moderate income families of all religions and ages can contact the organization for support and case management. They do have some emergency financial assistance programs that can provide services such as free food, funds for paying heating bills, rent, and medications among other basic needs. They also offer Woodbury and Gloucester families with other programs such as Christmas assistance, affordable medical care, and services such as diabetes screening. Catholic Charities of Gloucester is one of the leading agencies to call for help. Call 856-845-9200, or click here.

Family Support Organization of Gloucester County - Among other services, the location is a NJ SHARES Energy Assistance application site. Grants can help families pay their heating and electric bills. They also work with New Jersey American Water and provide assistance for paying water bills. The programs that can do this are the H2O Help to Others Program as well as the Low Income Payment Program. Call (866) 657 - 4273

Gloucester County Division of Health, Senior and Disability Services operates the Division of Senior Services, which can help people who are 60 years of age or older. The non-profit can help provide high-quality and accessible senior services to help all older adults and senior citizens in Gloucester County New Jersey.





Examples of the assistance programs offered include medical services such as Counseling on Health Insurance for Medicare Enrollees (CHIME) and Escorted Transportation/Medical Transportation. Other resources include Home Delivered Meals, free or low cost legal aid, utility bill assistance (including free fans), and vouchers for food and perishable items. Guidance and direction is provided to seniors and disabled in Gloucester County regarding legal, medical, financial, disability issues and care giving resources available. Also get information on home health care. 115 Budd Blvd, West Deptford, NJ, 08096, telephone (877) 222 - 3737. Read more senior assistance.

Paulsboro Community Development Center is a center that tries to help the less fortunate, including single parents, seniors, families with children and the working poor. One of the main programs they administer is NJ SHARES Energy Assistance, which can provide qualified individuals with grants to pay their energy and heating bills. Funds must be used to restore utilities. Other assistance for basic needs may be provided too. (856) 224-1401

People for People Foundation of Gloucester County offers advocacy and financial support to local families. Assistance is for people faced with a loss of employment, sickness, reduction in income, accident, fire or other unforeseen emergency. One of the main programs is Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE), which is a one-time financial assistance program designed to help low to moderate income households pay their heating, electric and natural gas bills.

The working poor may be able to get help with emergency rental assistance, prescription medicines, medical supplies, utility assistance, heat, free food and other life essentials. Mullica Hill New Jersey based. Call (856) 579 - 7561

Find help during the holidays in Gloucester County, whether it is a free box of food, a hot meal, or a toy or game at Christmas. Children as well as senior citizens are the primary beneficiaries of this assistance, and thousands of families ten to get help each year at Christmas and Thanksgiving. More on free holiday help in Gloucester County.

Gloucester Senior Citizens United Community Services - Programs are for residents age 55 or older, with a goal of addressing housing, medical, and financial needs. The non-profit can help address hunger by providing free meals and food from a pantry. They also can loan out medical equipment for use by the community.

Financial aid is also available from Citizens United. Gloucester County elderly residents can receive access to funds to pay back rent or a deposit, or be placed into low income apartments or shared housing. Other support includes heating bill help and also Furnace Repair/Replacement, housing counseling, and referrals to emergency aid. Read more.




Non-profit Gateway Community Action Partnership is another agency focused on helping the less fortunate. As resources allow, several assistance programs and case management services are available. They administer some of the following.

  • Help for children including Head Start and Day Care. WIC is also offered.
  • Homes in Gloucester County can benefit from energy bill savings and weatherization.
  • Low income housing for seniors.
  • Receive referrals to financial aid, free food, and other support is available as well. More on programs from Gateway Community Action Partnership.

Salvation Army Centers are located in the region. Hundreds of low income and working poor Gloucester County families turn to the non-profit charity every month. A wide range of social services and emergency financial assistance programs are offered. Some examples include free food, Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, and gifts. Limited financial aid may be available in New Jersey, including funds for rent, homeless prevention, and heating bills. Other resources include clothing, school supplies, shelter, and general case management or referrals. Continue with Salvation Army Gloucester County programs.

Division of Social Services provides many resources to the low income. The county office can offer referrals to food pantries, offer cash grants from general assistance, and address medical needs from Medicaid and other government health care programs. They also process Gloucester County application for TANF and food stamps, among other services. More on public aid in Gloucester.

Free food and assistance

The Food Bank of Southern New Jersey partners with other local charities and non-profits to distribute food and groceries to people in need of help. Call them at 856-662-4884.

There are several other pantries, soup kitchens and feeding sites in Gloucester County. Examples of the non-profits and charities include.

  • Pfeiffer Community Center which is based in Williamston. Call (856) 728-9840.
  • Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church (phone (856) 845-1627) only assists families in the immediate region.
  • Center for Family Services offers a number of social services, government commodities and free groceries. Call (800) 355 - 0660.
  • Click here for the phone numbers, addresses, and application process for additional food pantries.





Legal aid

Contact Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ). Attorneys from this non-profit law firm help low income people in Gloucester and offer them several different legal programs. You may be able to receive free advice for dealing with a home foreclosure, consumer debt issues, utility disconnections, and other civic legal cases. Click here to learn more, or call them at 856-964-2010.

Gloucester County Community Action Agency

The Tri-County Community Action Partnership also serves people in Gloucester New Jersey and offers numerous options and assistance programs. Among other services and programs they offer the LIHEAP and Energy Assistance, Clothing and Food, Weatherization Assistance, WIC, and Housing programs. Call the agency at (856) 451-6330.


By Jon McNamara

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