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Assistance programs Union County New Jersey.

Numerous local charities, churches and government assistance programs provide low income and other struggling individuals help with bills. There may be emergency funds to pay, rent, housing expenses, debts, medications, mortgages and foreclosure prevention. In addition, there are free groceries and personal hygiene items from pantries in Union County.

Other support is also offered. Charities provide free stuff, including school supplies or furniture. there are also home buying or mortgage assistance programs, agencies that help with car repairs, or security deposit help. During the holidays, also find free Christmas gift or toy programs or meals during the holidays. Find more details below.

Referrals and information

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (phone (908) 497-3900) is always a good agency to call to speak to someone to learn about some options and what services they either run, or can refer people to. They partner with local non-profits and charities in Union County. Whether it is financial aid, low cost of free clothes or furniture, care for seniors, or something else, information is offered.

Speak to an attorney for free legal advice

Central Jersey Legal Services (908) 354-4340 provides legal programs and assistance for civil legal issues, including domestic disputes, foreclosure advice, consumer debt problems, and other types of non-criminal cases. Learn more on free lawyer legal advice in New Jersey.

Assistance with bills, rent, heating costs, and get other help

Proceed Inc. operates in Union County, New Jersey, and they provide aid to people who meet program eligibility criteria. Families and individuals who are qualified can receive a myriad of emergency assistance and services, including  long-term and short-term rental assistance, direct emergency financial assistance, home repair, and case management and counseling. More information is:

  • Rental assistance - Families and individuals may be able to receive rent help and assistance with paying a portion of rental expenses as long as assistance is needed by the applicant or program funding is available. Also learn about foreclosure and mortgage programs.




  • Emergency and financial assistance - Qualified participants receive financial assistance toward paying heating and utility bills to prevent shut-offs or disconnections, food vouchers, and emergency rental assistance to prevent homelessness and evictions.
  • Home energy assistance program - If you apply and are found to be eligible for aid, participants may be able to receive assistance to defray the costs of home heating bills and expenses. In addition to the initial direct federal and New Jersey state government payment, clients of the program are also eligible to receive emergency financial assistance and payments for oil deliveries and utility shut off prevention.
  • Home repair programs - The Union County non-profit can refer the low income, seniors, or disabled to programs to pay for repairs to their home. Roofs, heating or cooling systems, windows, and more can be done. Find details on free government home repair programs for the low income.
  • Weatherization programs and home repair - You may be able to receive a detailed energy audit using the latest diagnostic equipment. Repairs made to a home can include lighting fixtures, stairs, railings, roof enhancements, security devices, heat system repair/replacement, window repair/replacement, door repair/replacement, insulation, and caulking.

Call Proceed, Inc. at (908) 351-7727 to apply for help with bills, information, or to learn more.

The Elizabeth and Union County Salvation Army, which can be called at (908) 851-9300, also offers low income and other qualified individuals with several different assistance programs and ways to receive help. From time to time they may have funds available to help pay for such bills as utility, heating, and prescription medicines. Also they may have eviction prevention programs. Or look into Adopt a Family and Christmas help, or more details on free Christmas gift programs.





Other social services from the Salvation Army will be short term housing, both transitional and shelters. They will also offer meals from a soup kitchen and operate a food pantry, which may also help at Christmas. More information on Salvation Army Union County.

Union County Department of Human Services - They offer numerous social service programs to low income and other individuals in need of help.

Medically Needy Program - This is a service that provides some specific health care and medical benefits to certain needy, low income New Jersey residents who may not be able to afford to pay for their medical bills or health care services. The program focuses on people who have a limited income and/or assets that are too high to qualify for other government programs such as the regular Medicaid programs.

Heating and home utility bills - The run the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This service will assist the elderly, disabled, and other low income households with paying for the high cost of heating their homes or apartments.

This community action agency / Human Services can be reached at (908) 558-2290. Or click here for help from Union County DHS.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark provides numerous assistance programs including food vouchers from a grocery store once per year per client for the low income, working poor, unemployed, moderate income and disabled when available. Emergency funds may also be available for paying rent and utilities (through NJ Shares program) are provided when funds are available.

Catholic Charities also offers low income housing in Union County, free food, they assist immigrants and seniors, and offer job training services. Phone (908) 497 - 3966, or read Union County Catholic Charity programs.

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless wants to prevent people from losing their home to foreclosure, o being evicted. In order to meet that goal they offer first's month rental assistance, one month back mortgage or other foreclosure assistance, or one month back rental assistance. Dial (908) 353 - 4002.

Urban League of Union County offers numerous services and resources, include mortgage default and delinquency counseling, foreclosure prevention, consumer debt and also credit as well as free budget management. The community development department may have energy and heating bill assistance, emergency money for back rent, and other housing resources, such as pre-purchase and reverse mortgage counseling. The League also is a participant in NJ Shares. Rental Assistance and security deposits assistance may also be available when funding is available. Dial (908) 351 - 7200, or learn more about Union County Urban League assistance programs.





Homefirst – They may be able to help people with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and other disabilities get placed into housing. Many clients of the non-profit may also get long-term rental assistance and case management services. 905 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, New Jersey, 07061, call (908) 753 - 4001

Plainfield Action Services – Assistance programs include rent, utilities, and security deposit assistance. Other services offered include prescription assistance, food, and free legal aid. Special seasonal and other programs include Holiday Activities, Community Action Month, Back to School Supplies, and Job Bank.

The Union County agency is known as PAS, and they are the local community action agency. In addition to the resources above, staff can refer clients to government programs such as low income housing or cash grants from TANF. 510 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, New Jersey, 07060, call (908) 753 - 3519, orread more Plainfield Action Services.

Housing Authority of City of Linden is a government affiliated agency that provides housing to low-income citizens, the disabled, and senior citizens. Address is 1601 Dill Ave, Linden New Jersey. (908) 298 - 3820.

The government affiliated Housing Authority of Elizabeth coordinates low income housing from the resources known as the Housing Projects and Section 8 rental assistance. Any aid is only for qualified individuals in the Union County region. 688 Maple Ave, Elizabeth City, New Jersey. Dial (908) 965 - 2400 for information.

Housing Authority of Union Township also processes section 8 applications for very low income citizens in the town. Vouchers from the HUD program can help pay a portion of your rent.

Jefferson Park Ministries Family Success Center is a leading non-profit that can provide information and support to the working poor. While most of it is focused on paying energy and heating bills, other resources may be offered too such as food stamps or weatherization. Apply for cash grants from the NJ SHARES Energy Assistance program.

Some of the other services available at the site include Verizon Communication Lifeline and payment plans / financial assistance for water bills. The main office is at 213 Jefferson Ave, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07201. Call (908) 469 - 9508. Or residents can even find applications for free government phones.

Union County Division on Aging – Seniors and their caregivers can get information and assistance. Information is on many resources, including, but not limited to these. Home Delivered Meals, Home Health Care, Congregrate Dining, Adult Day Care Services, Food and medical cost assistance. There is also Pharmaceutical Assistance (PAAD), Gas & Electric Assistance (Lifeline), Senior Health Insurance (SHIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Senior Gold.

Long term, free home care can be arranged too. This can be costly for low to moderate income families to pay for, but some government aid includes home care. Find more details on free PACE home care older Americans. The office address is 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07207, call (888) 280 - 8226

Westfield Community Center Association - Participates in the energy assistance program NJ Shares. Also serves as a licensed day care provider for an after-school program and summer camp. Provides an evening tutorial programs for at-risk youth ages. 558 W Broad St, Westfield, New Jersey, 07090, phone (908) 232 - 4759







Division of Social Services offers government grants and public aid. Examples include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), SNAP food stamps, and more. They also help with paying back rent, utility bills, security deposits and run emergency shelters in the region.

  • 200 W 2nd St, Plainfield, NJ, 07060, (908) 791 - 7000
  • 342 Westminster Ave, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07207, (908) 965 - 3706

SSVF is a national program that also operates in Union County. It can assist veterans and their families that are facing eviction or that are currently homeless. Case management, emergency rent help, job training, zero percent interest loans, and other support is offered. Clients may also be placed into transitional housing or low income apartments. Telephone (855) 767 - 8387

Government and non-profit rent help. Families or individuals in Union County New Jersey may be able to receive emergency, one time rental help or cash grants. Another option is for the homeless or residents seeking affordable, low income housing. For those residents, there may be case management services or funds or loans for paying security deposits. More on Union County rental assistance.

Linden Family Success Center is a leading non-profit agency. They process applications for NJ SHARES. Or get referrals to other support services, such as job training centers, low income housing and case management services. Call the Linden NJ center at (908) 486 - 6792.

Union County has many job, side gig, and employment resources too. some involve using phone apps, even Youtube for making money. Other resources include federal government WIA job training, ways to monetize a hobby or side gig, free business start up advice, career festivals and so much more. The one stop center is at 921 Elizabeth Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201. Dial (908) 558-8000.

Rahway Community Action Organization also has applications for New Jersey SHARES. Government funds can help with paying heating, water, and other utility bills. Or some low income families may qualify for a discount on their energy costs. There may also be financial aid for more moderate income families too. Other crisis assistance or referrals may be offered as well by CAO to additional assistance programs in the region. The address is 796 E Hazelwood Ave, Rahway, NJ, 07065, (732) 382 - 9311.

Free food in Union County New Jersey

If you need free food, groceries or other assistance in Elizabeth and Union County New Jersey,  try calling the following. In addition to offering groceries or boxes of food, the locations may have holiday meals, basic needs such as clothing, and seasonal programs, such as seasonal snacks for students.

  • Abiding Peace Lutheran Church - (973) 691 - 9393, located in Budd Lake
  • Church of the Assumption - (908) 245 - 1107, Roselle Park
  • First Baptist Church of Cranford and Elizabeth (phone (908) 352 - 0519 and is located in Elizabeth) provides emergency food and other assistance.
  • Jefferson Park Ministries - (908) 469 - 9508 Elizabeth NJ
  • There are other assistance programs for addressing hunger. Additional charities offer free food, there are government resources, hot meals (including during the holidays) and many other services. Find more Union County NJ free food pantries.

Foreclosure help and debt reduction services

Debt, mortgage, and foreclosure help can be received from the following. Counselors will contact your lenders or bank to negotiate a payment plan, explore loan modifications, or deal with your mortgage servicer. Learn more on mortgage programs, such as New Jersey foreclosure mediation.

  • Family Guidance Center Corporation - Hamilton New Jersey (609) 586 - 2574
  • NJ Citizen Action helps low income Union County and New Jersey families deal with mortgage and debt issues. (800) 656 - 9637





Union County clinics and free medical care

Neighborhood Health Center is available for the low income, uninsured, and others that are struggling in the Union County New Jersey region. A few examples of the medical care provided is as follows. Most of it is offered on a sliding fee scale, so it can be available at reduced rates or maybe even for free.

The clinic will provide preventive health care services such as treatment for basic medical problems, cancer screening, Immunizations, well-child check-ups, prenatal care and dental exams and services. The center may also have Case management of specialty and inpatient services. The government also offers support in Union County. As an example, find state funded free community clinics.

Pharmaceutical services and medications may be disbursed. Or get referrals to other providers of health and social services in New Jersey. Preventive dental care, cleanings, and Oral Surgery may be offered. The clinic / health center is at 950 Park Ave, Plainfield New Jersey. Call (908) 754 - 5840.

By Jon McNamara

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