Middlesex County New Jersey assistance programs.
Emergency financial help for paying bills, mortgages, medical expenses, rent, utilities, and more is available in Middlesex County. Low income families, senior citizens, and the working poor may apply for financial aid, receive free food or gasoline vouchers, enroll into job training programs, and gain access to other social services. A focus on housing (rent, deposit assistance, and mortgages/foreclosures) is often in demand. Find where and how to apply below.
How to get help paying bills, rent, and other expenses
Two local organizations have received additional government funds that will be used to provide assistance. The Jewish Renaissance Foundation of Perth Amboy and the Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc. of New Brunswick are the community action agencies for Middlesex County New Jersey.
Both of these are newly designated community action agencies, and the non profits were also able to get a one-shot infusion of revenue from the federal stimulus package. The Puerto Rican Action Board got about $900,000 in funds, and The Jewish Renaissance Foundation got about $800,000 in stimulus funding. The funding will allow both groups to greatly increase the amount of assistance they can provide to local families.
A spokesperson from the Jewish Renaissance Foundation said that the additional funding will, among other things, allow the organization to establish child-care facilities. In addition, they will have a mobile dental clinic visit towns in conjunction with the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center that will provide people with free or discounted dental care.
New Jersey has designated the Jewish Renaissance Foundation to serve as the community action agency for the Middlesex County East region, which includes Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, Woodbridge and Highland Park.
The Jewish Renaissance Foundation is located at 149 Kearny Ave. Phone (732) 324-2114. Find more information.
The Puerto Rican Action Board Inc. will allow the organization to greatly expand upon an already broad range of assistance services offered. They can now provide emergency assistance program targeted for food and housing. In addition, the agency's food pantry will be expanded while a new assistance program will be created to provide emergency assistance for rental, monthly mortgage payments, and heating payments for families who may be either in jeopardy of losing their homes or who are without adequate heat or utility services.
The Puerto Rican Action Board has been named as the charity agency for Middlesex County West serving people from Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex Borough, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, South Brunswick, Plainsboro, South Plainfield, South River and Spotswood.
To learn more or apply, the Puerto Rican Action Boar is located at 90 Jersey Ave. Phone (732) 828-4510.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen provides qualified individuals and families with assistance with the following expenses: Rent or Mortgage, Security Deposits, Utility and Heating bills, and First Month Rent. Other non-financial support is available too. This can include, but is not limited to, programs that provide food, credit counseling, or clothing. Some resources are focused on seniors and immigrants, and can include legal and and home delivered meals. Dial (732) 826 - 6278, or click here for more extensive details.
New Brunswick based Middlesex County Board of Social Services offers housing help for those facing an eviction, or who are currently homeless. The agency may pay for temporary emergency shelter, back rent, offer funds for security deposits or provide money for utility and heating bill payments. Phone (732) 324 - 5500.
Be sure to contact Salvation Army, Morristown Corps at (973) 539 - 2700. The agency provides short-term, non-permanent emergency and financial assistance for bills. Some of the aid includes food, and utility and rental assistance, funds for first months rent to families, individuals, and groups unable to provide such services for themselves. The agency also participates in NJ Shares. Towns served include Cedar Knolls, East Hanover, Jefferson Township, Morris Plains, Mount Freedom, New Brunswick, Parsippany, Convent Station, Green Village, Ironia, Mendham, Morristown, New Vernon, Whippany.
This is one of the leading non-profits to call in Middlesex County New Jersey. They also offer basic needs and seasonal type programs. Examples of these Salvation Army resources include free Christmas assistance or Thanksgiving meals. Some back to school supplies may be offered too. The agency also can coordinate emergency shelter and housing assistance. Continue Salvation Army Middlesex County assistance programs.
South Plainfield Social Services provides food pantry, emergency prescription, housing help, heating and utility bill assistance (limited funding) and emergency motel placements (in case of fire) when funding is available. Some clothing is also available to those in need. They also offer holiday food and assistance around Christmas and Thanksgiving. Last but not least they can refer families to heating oil distributors. (908) 226 - 7625
Housing Coalition Of Central Jersey - This non-profit organizations help the low to moderate income obtain housing. It is a HUD certified agency, and can deal with a variety of housing issues, such as rent assistance, mortgages, foreclosure, and landlord / tenant concerns. New Brunswick 732-249-9700
Middlesex County Public Health Department – The government agency offers several programs and services for county residents. Among them include working with renters and tenants in providing 24 hour emergency coverage for housing concerns such as lack of heat or sewage problems from a landlord. They also enforce the heating code. 75 Bayard Street - 5th Floor, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, 732-745-3100.
Tenants or those facing homelessness can look into a combination of rent or security deposit assistance programs. There are non-profits that will offer funds in an emergency to stop an eviction, and rapid rehousing can either help a family move or get them into a new, more affordable home. Find information on rental assistance in Middlesex County.
Crisis Room from United Methodist Church only helps select Middlesex families that have a referral from the social service department. No direct aid is offered unless that condition is met. But the charity may have grants for certain bills or rent, food, clothing, and other basic needs to low income families. Click here.
Township with a Heart - Assists residents of Old Bridge New Jersey only who are having financial difficulty with paying bills or housing through no fault of their own. Old Bridge, NJ, 08857, phone (732) 710 - 0087
Programs from non-profits and the county can prevent evictions or homelessness. Federal government money is issued to the county to help pay for housing programs, ranging from foreclosure counseling to rental arrears as well as utility or water bills. Charities in the county administer the services to income qualified families. More on Middlesex County eviction assistance.
Resources are available for low income families to help them at the holidays. As many as 10 charities as well as a DSS office participate in some form of Christmas or Thanksgiving assistance program. They provide free gifts, toys, meals, and even Thanksgiving turkeys. Children and seniors often get help in the form of a toy or gift card. Find more details on Christmas help in Middlesex County.
Social Services and Cash Assistance - The county provides low income families with public aid. Some of what is offered includes assistance with medical bills and health care costs. Basic needs, such as housing and heating costs, can be met by a general cash assistance program. SNAP food stamps and other government programs are offered to Middlesex County families as well, including resources for children and senior citizens. More public programs.
Thrift stores and clothing closets may provide free basic needs. Many working poor and low income families may qualify for vouchers for free school or work clothes. Even if you don’t receive items for free, Middlesex County thrift stores will sell gently used, yet high quality, goods to the public at large. Anyone can shop there for furniture, baby supplies, cribs, and toys for Christmas. Click here.
Middlesex County programs that are available across New Jersey
Residents of New Brunswick and the greater Middlesex County New Jersey area can turn to other statewide assistance programs for help. Get rent assistance, free foreclosure counseling, funds for energy bills, and other financial aid.
Debt, foreclosure, and mortgage counseling
There are several HUD approved agencies that can provide foreclosure assistance to Middlesex homeowners, and credit counselors that operate in the county. The various options and agencies include those listed below, or find more non-profit Middlesex credit counseling agencies.
NJ Citizen Action - Free credit counseling is offered to low to moderate income individuals. (800) 656 - 9637.
Family Guidance Center Corporation ((609) 586 - 2574) is an agency that offers bi-lingual individual and family budget counseling to reduce or eliminate debt. They also offer foreclosure prevention programs. Counselors will negotiates debt repayment plans in cooperation with creditors and mortgage servicers.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service - Offers foreclosure and mortgage assistance, as well as debt reduction programs to Middlesex County borrowers and homeowners. They also offer addition New Jersey mortgage programs, such as mortgage assistance pilot program. (888) 726 - 3260
Food pantries in Middlesex County
Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, which is located in Budd Lake, provides those families and individuals who lack the resources or money to purchase the basic food items to meet their nutritional needs. (973) 691 - 9393
Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church - New Brunswick. Offers food and various other assistance programs. (732) 545 - 2673
First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen. They have other locations in different towns. They offer emergency food at most once per month. Phone (732) 549 - 5101
Lazarus Project runs a pantry and soup kitchen. Various other services and counseling is available. Call them at (732) 254 - 0066.
Families have many other food pantries they can turn to in an emergency. There are locations at charities as well as churches in the county, or very low income residents and those in poverty can apply for WIC vouchers or SNAP food stamps. Find the phone numbers, addresses, and details on more Middlesex County NJ food pantries.
Community clinics and centers
A few health care centers can help Middlesex County New Jersey patients. They include these listed here. Or get more information on community clinics.
St. John Family Health Center - Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen is a general health care clinic that provides medical and health care on a sliding fee scale. Call the center at (732) 745 - 9800. New Brunswick New Jersey.
Trinity Health Center - This facility is a general family practice health clinic that can provide free or low cost medical care. Also provides lab services and medication assistance to the low income and people with limited insurance. Perth Amboy. Phone (732) 826 - 9160
Eric B. Chandler Health Center - The clinic offers physical exams and check ups: basic preventive care including vaccinations, medications, Dermatology, dental assistance, immunizations, Pediatrics, and other medical care. Accepts government insurance, sliding fee scale services, and private insurance as well. Dial (732) 235 - 6700
Joseph S. Yewaisis Outpatient Center - The health care center offers patients in the area many medical, surgical and subspecialty programs (i.e. diabetes, internal medicine, orthopedics). Referrals are provided for medical care that is not offered. Social workers, medical bill advocates, and financial counselors can assist in solving the financial problems of patients and their families. Other services offered, including to medical care and referrals, include: free pregnancy testing, nutritionist, OB/GYN, family planning, and much more. (732) 324 - 3300
If the resources about can’t assist you, then get the locations of more Middlesex New Jersey clinics and learn about the programs they administer.