In New Jersey:
The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information, and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout New Jersey. Use the screening tool to find out if you qualify for more than 28 state and federal programs that can help you find housing, employment, child care, health insurance, prescriptions, pay for food and much more.
NJ 2-1-1 can help you find solutions to personal needs by informing you of resources in your community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and much more. This service is free, confidential, multilingual, TTY accessible, and available 24/7. Just dial 2-1-1 or search the website.
NJ Utilities Assistance Programs (Help with Electric, Gas, Water, and Telephone Bills)
Ten programs from the NJ Board of Public Utilities for people who need help with their heating, gas, electric, cooling, water, and telephone bills. There are even programs to provide free cell phones with free monthly minutes. Must meet eligibility requirements.
NJ Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
This program assists elderly, handicapped, and low-income persons in weatherizing their homes, improving their heating system efficiency, and conserving energy.
NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly called “food stamps”)
This program helps low-income NJ residents buy the groceries they need to eat healthily. You can apply online.
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
New Jersey WIC Services provides supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of five. Must meet eligibility requirements.
The official benefits website of the U.S. government. Find out which benefits you may be eligible for and how to apply for assistance.