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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 stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance -- including undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded.

Eligible households will receive a benefit of up to $1,000 per eligible individuals and a max of $2,000 per household.

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Exclusion from both federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance
  2. Household COVID Impact
  3. Household income that is at or below $55,000
  4. Residency, Identity, Age

Applications for this program are now open. Visit the ENJF program to apply now or to learn more about the program.

Note: Applications will be processed in the order they are received and until funds are exhausted. Applying for the program does not guarantee assistance.