How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?
Last Updated: 12/20/2021
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...Learn More
Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?
Last Updated: 11/16/2021
The moratorium on home foreclosures ended on November 15, 2021.
Free foreclosure mediation and housing counselors are available. In addition, participating financial institutions are committed to p...Learn More
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: 12/08/2021
New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees -- full-time, part-time, temporary and ...Learn More
If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?
Last Updated: 09/29/2021
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...Learn More
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: 02/03/2021
For information about the various programs available to businesses, refer to this article on the COVID-19 Business Information Hub.
New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub provides the lates...Learn More
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: 12/29/2021
The utility shutoff grace period has been extended to March 15, 2022 for all water, electric, and sewer customers.
If you owe money on your utilities, you have until March 15, 2022 to pay what you ...Learn More
How can I get food or other essentials if I cannot leave my home? Is there any help with food, treatment, or bills if I need to self-isolate or quarantine? Will I get fired?
Last Updated: 11/09/2021
If you are quarantined or in home isolation, do not leave your home.
There are many programs in place to help you and your family including food assistance, unemployment insurance, sick leave, and ...Learn More
What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?
Last Updated: 10/12/2021
If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation.
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services syste...Learn More
What services are available to help the homeless?
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
Where can I get legal help?
Last Updated: 09/24/2021
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 ...Learn More
If I’m pregnant or caring for my newborn and cannot work, what benefits or resources are available to me?
Last Updated: 01/06/2022
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...Learn More
What happens if I can’t pay my insurance premiums?
Last Updated: 10/13/2020
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...Learn More
What can I do if I am denied health care for COVID-19?
Last Updated: 02/26/2021
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 ...Learn More
Are there any programs to help pay student loans? Have deadlines to apply for financial aid changed?
Last Updated: 01/03/2022
Federal Student Loans
Student Loan Payment Pause Extended Through May 1, 2022
To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CARES ACT, federal studen...Learn More
What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
Last Updated: 11/04/2021
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...Learn More
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: 01/14/2022
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...Learn More
What is the State doing to support older residents? Is there help registering for the vaccine?
Last Updated: 01/07/2022
Individuals aged 65 and older can call a special senior hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved ...Learn More
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...Learn More
What can I do if my child is being bullied or harassed because of COVID-19? What if it’s at school?
Last Updated: 03/18/2021
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 ...Learn More
What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?
Last Updated: 12/16/2021
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...Learn More
What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?
Last Updated: 10/05/2021
If you are in danger, call 911 right away.
Isolation is one of the most significant factors that leads to an increase in domestic violence and safety risks. Don't let social distancing mean social ...Learn More
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...Learn More
What resources are available to help people with disabilities? Is there help during an emergency?
Last Updated: 09/27/2021
Resources To Save Money
With NJ ABLE, individuals with disabilities can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. Vis...Learn More
How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?
Last Updated: 09/22/2021
Community-based sites have been designed to meet the needs of all residents in the state. These sites meet ADA accessibility standards, and special arrangements are made for thos...Learn More
Where can I find information about the PPE Access Program?
Last Updated: 06/08/2021
New Jersey PPE Access Program
The New Jersey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access Program helps businesses and non-profits protect the health and safety of their employees and customers.
What is the Excluded New Jersey Fund? Can I get benefits if I didn't qualify for federal aid or unemployment?
Last Updated: 11/08/2021
The Excluded New Jersey Fund (ENJF) provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal st...Learn More
Can I use sick leave to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Last Updated: 06/14/2021
Yes, employees can use their NJ Earned Sick Leave to get their COVID-19 vaccine, including for travel to and from their appointment and recovery from side effects.
Under NJ state law, employers mus...Learn More
How do I unsubscribe from NJ COVID-19 email updates?
Last Updated: 05/14/2021
The State of New Jersey regularly sends several email newsletters, so it depends which newsletter you wish to stop receiving.
For the weekly COVID-19 email newsletter, click here to unsubscribe or ...Learn More
Is the COVID-19 vaccine free? What if I don't have insurance?
Last Updated: 03/15/2021
No one will have to pay for the vaccine.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to individuals regardless of insurance coverage status. Individua...Learn More
What is the Return & Earn Program? How can I find information about return-to-work paycheck bonuses?
The Return & Earn Program will assist unemployed workers in their return to work and help small businesses fill the positions they need to fill to grow, thrive, and lead our economic recovery.