Public assistance programs Middlesex New Jersey.

The Middlesex County Board of Social Services runs many of the public assistance programs for the area. Some resources are funded by the state of New Jersey and others by the federal government. If you, your child or family need help, then the services below may be able to meet your need.

The Food Stamp Program uses grants and funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide benefits to eligible Middlesex County New Jersey households. Federal government aid is used to increase a family’s food purchasing power, allow them to shop for items on their own, and to improve the health and nutritional adequacy of the diets of low-income families. This is one on the nation’s primary public assistance programs. Each month over 6,000 households in Middlesex County New Jersey participate in the Food Stamp Program, which is sometimes called SNAP.

It helps low-income and working poor households buy the food they need for good health for themselves and their families. Benefits from the county can be used to buy such foods as dairy products, breads and cereals; fish and poultry, fruits and vegetables; chicken, meats, and even plan seeds.

Middlesex County households who are qualified will be sent a debit card that they can use at approved stores, and they will use it like a credit card. The amount of public benefits that an eligible household will receive will depend on factors including their total household income as well as the number of people in the home. Call 732-745-3500 for information or to apply.

Free immunizations and shots are offered to school age children from a partnership between Middlesex County Board of Social Services as well as the health department. The Children's Immunization Program provides free immunizations to kids who are in school and provides general information on what is required from school aged children.





Adults can receive Cash Assistance from the CA program. It offers medical coverage, limited amounts of cash benefits, and related support services to couples with no dependent children and/or single individuals. The Middlesex County Board of Social Services runs this public aid program for most of the county.

A more family oriented program is TANF, or Cash Assistance Family. This is a public assistance program that is focused on helping low income families get a job, move to self-sufficiency, and can help them pay for their basic needs. Government grants can be used to pay for child care, food, transportation, housing, and some work expenses, such as gasoline or uniforms. Also work with a social worker to find a job or gain a new skill. Find more information on applying for cash assistance in New Jersey.

Homeless services, including rental/mortgage assistance, shelter and short term lodging is available in Middlesex County for individuals who receive Work First New Jersey General Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, or TANF/Work First New Jersey Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The county will try to facilitate the payment of your mortgage, overdue rent, utility payments, or put people in transitional lodging.

Seniors in Middlesex County can get information from New Jersey Ease. This is more of a phone number/information line that older county residents can dial to learn about services, assistance programs, and resources that are available for them. Call 732-745-3500. The County and state partner together on this New Jersey senior resource.

Medical bill assistance is offered from Medicaid. This is the main federal and state of New Jersey entitlement program that provides health insurance, prescription drugs and medical care for very low-income parents and children. The publicly funded program can pay for prescription drugs, hospital, doctor, nursing home and other medical bills.




More moderate income families may qualify for a program known as Medically Needy. This offers limited amounts of coverage for those residents whose income is above Federal government established guidelines for other public assistance programs but who still have bills they need to pay. It can pay for expenses including physician care, outpatient clinics, dental care, medical transportation, laboratory, durable medical equipment, x-rays, hearing aids, and even psychological services. Many beneficiaries are usually pregnant women, children under 21, blind and disabled individuals as well as adults over 65. The Board of Social Services processes applications.

The Medical Emergency Payment Program may be able to help people who do not meet requirements for other Medicaid programs. Typical recipients are the blind, people over 65, the disabled, children under 21, and pregnant women. This Middlesex and state of NJ program will pay for a medical condition that occurs suddenly, emergency care when given in a hospital, or symptoms with severe conditions.

To learn more about these services, call (732) 418-3400 or apply at the Middlesex County Board of Social Services.

By Jon McNamara

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