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  • What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?

    Last Updated: 07/27/2020
    Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance progr...
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  • Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 08/11/2020
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips for copin...
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  • What if I can’t pay my rent? Can I still get evicted? Is there any rental relief?

    Last Updated: 08/03/2020
    Eviction Protection and Assistance Your landlord cannot remove you from your home during this emergency. This moratorium on evictions will remain in place for up to two months after the end of this...
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  • Can my employer fire me if I miss work due to COVID-19? Do I have any civil rights protections against discrimination or harassment?

    Last Updated: 06/26/2020
    No. Your employer cannot fire you if you miss work because you had COVID-19 or were told to quarantine by a medical professional. You are also legally protected against discrimination or harassment...
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  • What resources are available for immigrants in New Jersey during the coronavirus outbreak? What information is there about enforcement of immigration policy?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    Health Care Coverage and Resources No one in New Jersey should hesitate to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Testing for COVID-19-related services will not be at a...
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  • Can my child still get their free school meals with all of New Jersey’s schools closed?

    Last Updated: 08/10/2020
    School Meals To ensure no child goes hungry during this public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Education is working with school officials to continue distributing free meals for elig...
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  • How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/20/2020
    New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insuranc...
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  • Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

    Last Updated: 04/29/2020
    You cannot be removed from your home during this emergency, even if a final judgment of foreclosure has been entered and a sheriff's sale of your property has taken place. On March 19, 2020, Govern...
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  • Am I eligible for sick leave, family leave, or temporary disability insurance if I or a family member have been impacted by the outbreak?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2020
    The State of New Jersey has created a benefits eligibility tool to help you understand what benefits programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can also vis...
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  • Is there any financial support available to landlords whose tenants missed rent payments?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    The NJHMFA Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program provides financial support for small rental property owners (and, indirectly, to renters) who are struggling due to the COVID-19 emergency. ...
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  • How does the CARES Act stimulus package help me or my business? How do I get my economic impact payment?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, contains provisions that support individuals and small businesses in a number of ways. Direc...
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  • If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?

    Last Updated: 05/05/2020
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this general guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips f...
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  • What programs, loans, or resources are available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? Where can I learn more about resources for businesses?

    Last Updated: 08/11/2020
    COVID-19 BUSINESS INFORMATION HUB For detailed information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses, visit the State of New Jersey COVID-19 business information hub. There you'll ...
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  • What if I can’t pay my water, gas, electricity, phone, or Internet bill due to the outbreak? Is the State doing anything to prevent utility shutoffs?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Water Governor Murphy has announced that all municipal and private-sector water utilities in New Jersey have voluntarily agreed to suspend shut-offs during this COVID19 emergency. No New Jerseyan s...
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  • How can I get food or other essentials if I cannot leave my home?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    If you are quarantined or in home isolation, do not leave your home. Many pharmacies and grocery stores offer delivery. Please use these services to the extent possible. A friend or relative may al...
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  • What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?

    Last Updated: 05/27/2020
    If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation. If immediate and permanent harm will occur if your case isn't heard immediately, you can file your ...
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  • What services are available to help the homeless?

    Last Updated: 06/05/2020
    New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness should call 2-1-1 for help. 2-1-1 community resource specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help clients who speak many diffe...
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  • Who can I call if I’m feeling stressed or anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line offers counseling, emotional support, information and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. To access emotional su...
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  • Where can I get legal help?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems. For free legal ...
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  • If I’m pregnant or caring for my newborn and cannot work at this time, what benefits or resources are available to me?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children, or WIC, is a successful public health nutrition program that provides wholesome nutrition, education and community supp...
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  • Was the deadline to file taxes extended? Where can I find information on tax relief programs?

    Last Updated: 08/07/2020
    Income and Corporation Business Taxes The deadline to file federal and state income taxes as well as corporation business taxes were all extended from April 15 to July 15. These were automatic exte...
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  • What federal grant opportunities are available to support New Jersey governments, institutes, and business communities?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Many grant opportunities are available to a broad spectrum of applicants, including small businesses, for-profit companies and non-profit organizations (NPOs), institutes of higher education (IHEs)...
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  • What resources or guidance is there for expecting mothers, new mothers, and health care providers? What rules are in place for labor and delivery during COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/29/2020
    In partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Department of Health has issued guidance for pregnant individuals and health care providers to ensure they can obtain safe and ...
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  • What happens if I can’t pay my insurance premiums?

    Last Updated: 04/09/2020
    Governor Murphy has signed an executive order extending the grace period for residents unable to pay their insurance premiums because of a loss of income or other negative impact as a result of the...
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  • What can I do if I am denied health care for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    No one should be denied access to health care. The Department of Health operates a 24-hour complaint hotline where patients, health care facility employees and other members of the public may file ...
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  • Are there any programs to help pay student loans? Have deadlines to apply for financial aid changed?

    Last Updated: 06/25/2020
    Federal Student Loans To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CARES ACT, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an ad...
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  • If I'm a business that urgently needs workers, or if I'm a worker looking for a job, where can I go?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Job Seekers If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as ti...
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  • What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

    Last Updated: 08/12/2020
    In response to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have: Temporarily allowing for in-home support or remote delivery of services including cog...
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  • What if I get sick and can’t take care of my child?

    Last Updated: 04/10/2020
    Parents are encouraged to consider temporary guardianship options for their children in the event they become sick or incapacitated with COVID-19. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families...
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  • How can I avoid COVID-19 scams and where can I report excessive delivery fees, price gouging, unlawful hoarding, and other COVID-19 scams?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2020
    To report any instance of unlawful or misleading activities related to COVID-19, file a complaint online with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or call 973-504-6240. To learn more about C...
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  • What is the State doing to support older residents?

    Last Updated: 07/20/2020
    To protect the health and safety of the older residents, the State has taken several steps including: Temporarily allowing supervising nurses to conduct required plan-of-care evaluations by phone ...
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  • How much money is the federal government spending to address the coronavirus pandemic, and what is the US spending the money on?

    The federal government is spending billions of dollars to combat COVID-19. Explore who the US is buying from, what it's buying, and how much it's paying using this interactive tracker created by Pr...
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  • What can I do if my child is being bullied or harassed because of COVID-19? What if it’s at school?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2020
    Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), schools and other places of public accommodation must take action to stop harassment based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual ...
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  • What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2020
    Veterans and their families can check on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus Guidance from local VA medical facili...
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  • What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

    Last Updated: 08/11/2020
    Survivors of domestic violence can call the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233). The hotline provides confidential access to domestic violence information and services, in...
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  • Can I get addiction treatment help via the phone?

    Last Updated: 04/09/2020
    ReachNJ is a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions hotline where people who have Substance Use Disorder or friends and family can get assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained ad...
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  • How can I contact my local health department?

    Last Updated: 03/21/2020
    The New Jersey Department of Health maintains both an interactive map and a printable directory of local health departments and local health officers.
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  • If I'm still being paid by my employer during the COVID-19 outbreak, should I apply for benefits?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    Please do not apply for benefits if you continue to be paid by your employer during COVID-19. Source: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml
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  • What support is available for individuals living with diabetes during the coronavirus crisis?

    Last Updated: 03/23/2020
    The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free two-week Diabetes Backup Emergency Supply Kit and Diabetes Emergency Insulin Adminis...
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  • Are there programs to help individuals with disabilities to save money?

    Last Updated: 03/30/2020
    With NJ ABLE, individuals with disabilities can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. Visit https://savewithable....
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  • How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?

    Last Updated: 07/27/2020
    Mental Health Support Line A free emotional support helpline was created to help deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the strain from the public health crisis. New Jerseyans can call the ...
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  • Is there State funding to support health care providers with COVID-19-related expenses?

    Last Updated: 05/09/2020
    On Saturday, March 28, Governor Phil Murphy detailed two new initiatives that will assist health care organizations with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor announced a $140 mil...
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  • What financial assistance is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)?

    Last Updated: 03/26/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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  • Should I fill out my Census form? Why does it matter?

    Last Updated: 08/10/2020
    Yes. You can fill out your census form online here. The deadline to complete your census form is now September 30. The Census is more than just a population count. It's the data that the federal go...
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  • Where can I find information about the PPE Access Program for small businesses and non-profits?

    Last Updated: 08/11/2020
    The NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program will help ensure that New Jersey's small businesses and non-profits have access to the fairly priced personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary...
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  • How do new federal paid leave requirements impact my business?

    Last Updated: 04/02/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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  • What resources are there for people with disabilities during an emergency?

    Last Updated: 08/14/2020
    "Register Ready -- New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters" allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs, and their families, friends, caregivers and assoc...
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  • Is mortgage relief available to businesses?

    Last Updated: 03/29/2020
    The answer to your question can be found in this article on the Business Information Hub.
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