COVID-19 Resources and Benefit Programs for New Jersey Residents

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on residents' finances and daily lives in addition to their health. Below, you'll find curated collections of resources created for populations who may be experiencing especially great hardships as a result of COVID-19 and financial assistance programs available to all residents.

Collections of Resources

  • Resources for Job Seekers

    Review the unemployment insurance, job search, and career training opportunities available to those seeking employment.

  • Resources for Businesses

    Read more about New Jersey's small business loan program and the most updated COVID-19 guidance affecting businesses.

  • Resources for Freelancers, Contractors, and Gig Workers

    Discover freelancers' eligibility for unemployment benefits through the CARES Act and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) available to contractors and other microbusiness owners.

  • Resources for Immigrants

    Review the changes to immigration enforcement due to COVID-19 and the special resources available to immigrants in New Jersey related to college financial aid and employment licensing.

  • Resources for Veterans

    Learn how to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at a VA facility and how to access the mental health resources specifically designed for veterans.

  • Resources for Older Residents

    Read more about the food assistance, meal delivery, property tax relief, and vaccine registration support resources available to older residents.

  • Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

    Review the accessible transit and savings options available to those with disabilities.

  • Resources for Homeless Residents

    Discover the support line and emergency housing resources available to those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Financial Assistance Programs

  • Health Insurance

    Assess your eligibility for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare or buy a health insurance plan through GetCoveredNJ, the state's new health exchange.

  • Sick Leave

    Learn more about New Jersey's laws on earned sick leave and the federal tax credits available to employers for paying paid sick and childcare leave.

  • Food Assistance

    Review the new simplified application process for SNAP, the extra benefits and accommodations available to SNAP recipients, and the modifications to New Jersey's WIC program.

  • Cash Assistance

    Read more about the recertification extension and work activities exemption available to WFNJ/TANF recipients.

  • Family Leave Benefits

    Find out more information about the expansion of family leave insurance eligibility and duration signed into law by Governor Murphy.

  • Temporary Disability Benefits

    Explore the legal protections available to those who are unable to work due to illness, self-quarantine, or pregnancy and the expansions to the existing temporary disability insurance benefit.

  • Rent Relief & Eviction Protection

    Discover the legal and advisory resources available to renters facing immediate eviction and the payment accommodations for all renters.

  • Energy Assistance

    Check your eligibility for the LIHEAP program, a home energy assistance benefit for very low-income residents that helps subsidize heating and cooling bills and makes provisions for emergency energy systems.

Additional FAQs on Available Resources from the COVID-19 Information Hub

  • Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

    Last Updated: 02/14/2023
    The moratorium on home foreclosures ended on November 15, 2021. Mortgage assistance, free foreclosure mediation, and housing counselors are available. In addition, participating financial instituti...
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  • What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

    Last Updated: 02/15/2023
    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 ...
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  • Can I get addiction treatment help via the phone?

    Last Updated: 02/08/2023
    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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  • What are the safety guidelines for child care centers? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 02/08/2023
    Vaccinations remain the best defense to prevent severe COVID-19 and to reduce interruptions in learning and care. Students and staff are encouraged to stay up to up date with vaccines. If you need ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Are there any resources if I am feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed due to COVID-19?

    Please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 877.294.HELP (4357) for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. You can also visit there website: njmentalhealthcares.o...
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