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Assistance programs from Project Paul.

Case managers from Project Paul can direct low income families to financial support and basic needs. While in some cases the agency may be able to offer aid themselves, such as food, much more likely will be referrals. Some of the primary requests to the Monmouth County based non-profit are below.

Not only will the staff try to help address the hardship, but they also advocate on behalf of the working poor. They will work with groups such as DHS of New Jersey and other non-profits on this task, and address everything from lack of affordable housing to hunger prevention services.

First and foremost, the advocacy services from Project Paul  promote the rights of the vulnerable. They focus on senior citizens, the disabled, and groups such as single parents. The agency has some role in a large number of financial resources and basic needs. Anyone interested in more information can make an appointment for more details on the services offered, which are noted below.

Staff from the charity work to provide assistance to those living in poverty through a variety of time-tested assistance programs. Each is limited and comes with a strict application process.

The Project Paul local free food pantry is available. The center is where individuals or families are provided with groceries or perishable food items once a month. The amount provided will be based on the size of the household.

One time, emergency rental assistance in Monmouth County is in the form of a grant. Any support is short-term financial aid for the crisis only, and in some cases a loan may be used. The agency will also on occasion assist with a security deposit on unpaid energy bills.

Basic home repairs from Project Paul can help clients, with a focus on the elderly and disabled. The housing rehabilitation programs have a goal to provide a decent living environment for working poor individuals. The service mostly depends on volunteers. Some typical home repairs done for free by volunteers include the installation of ramps, energy conservation measures, and bathroom retrofit. In some cases, low interest loans may be used for a limited number of their projects related to access.





Referrals are made to free foreclosure assistance. This is a resource that is available to everyone regardless of income. A counselor from local New Jersey HUD counseling agencies will advise a client on how to solve financial issues that could lead to the loss of a home.

Project Paul free income tax preparation from programs such as VITA is an option. This is a service that is especially valuable to low-income citizens. Many of them may not be aware of deductions to which they are entitled, such as certain credits. It also protects them from questionable income tax preparers who take advantage of the poor.

Any financial aid from Project Paul is contingent on budgeting classes. Individuals need to enroll. At these sites they will learn how to manage their finances so that even a lower income resident can have a secure and pleasant lifestyle.

Housing First is a resource that touches upon needs of both tenants and homeowners. It provides them with temporary financial aid and more. There is also housing relocation, advice on preventing an eviction, and budget counseling. There can also be linkage to federal grant programs.

This is a Project Paul service for lower income individuals and families in Monmouth County who are homeless or would be homeless but for this assistance. The program offers support to residents who have income but they also agree to case management services. The applicant can't be eligible for other supportive housing services.

Other programs may be offered too. They include family goal setting, life skills training, Job search/resume building/interview tips, linking low income families to resources in the community, and also free information on family health and clinics.

Food is also offered to senior citizens. There are a couple main offerings, as noted below. These will depend on donations from the community as well as the work of a number of generous volunteers.

Meals-on-Wheels is a service for older persons as well as the homebound. There may even be pet food or supplies given out as well. It was created to ensure these vulnerable individuals have access to proper nutrition to maintain good health. It also offers them some form of very basic wellness check ups. The Meals on Wheels service is supported by the United Way of Monmouth.

The Project Paul  Home-Delivered Program, which is more commonly known as Meals on Wheels, provides clients a low cost life-giving service. It is focused on the homebound elderly who lack transportation or that have pets they need to feed, are confined to bed, or that are too frail to cook for themselves.





Food is not the only advantage to this. While delivering the homebound person the meals, the volunteer driver serves as a link to other New Jersey and countywide community services. Another benefit is that the ongoing visits also provide reassurance to those elderly persons who live alone. Or find more information on free home delivered pet food.

Local Aging Centers and Project Paul partner on a Senior Nutritional Meal service. These are offered at senior center and are free to seniors age 65+. However, a small donation is always appreciated as it will allow more people to benefit from the program.

Other support for the disabled and seniors is Respite Care. This is mostly for their caregivers, as it gives them often a much needed break. They can use the respite hours for appointments they have, vacation, running errands, and more. There are multiple respite care programs in Monmouth County, and all of these programs require an application.

Project Paul is located at 211 Carr Ave, Keansburg, NJ, 07734. For more details, call (732) 787 – 4887.


By Jon McNamara

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