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Social Services for the Homeless (SSH)

Agency: Atlantic County Department of Family and Community Development
Service Description:

The Social Services for the Homeless (SSH) program provides financial assistance to Atlantic County residents who are at risk of homelessness, but are INELIGIBLE for welfare programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSH funding is used solely to assist individuals and families who are experiencing short-term, non-recurring emergencies. SSH is not ongoing for participants; it is short term assistance for individuals and families who will be able to sustain themselves after this short-term assistance is provided. A participant's total expenses cannot exceed their income.

Assistance can include:
- A security deposit of up to $2000
- Rent or mortgage assistance of up to $2400
- Utility assistance (to prevent shut-off) of up to $1800




Atlantic County residents who:

- Are NOT receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Have not received any of the above benefits for more than 4 consecutive months within the last calendar year
- Have a household income, including employment, unemployment benefits, social security, or pension
- Are at imminent risk of homelessness due to short-term issues
- Can prove that they can sustain the entire household going forward after assistance is received

Application Instructions:

Please call to schedule an appointment for intake. All applicants must complete a Homeless Management Information System (NJHMIS) Client Consent Single Intake form for each household member. This form is a pre-screening assessment tool; it is not an application for the program.

Required Documents:

  • current utility bills
  • eviction notice
  • ID
  • proof of family size
  • proof of household income
  • utility disconnection notice
  • Last Update: August 10, 2017


    1333 Atlantic Ave

    Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    Web Address:

    Areas Served:

    Atlantic County

    Business Hours:

    Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Telephones: types, numbers and hours
    Type Number Details
    Main Phone (609) 348-3001 Ext: 2985 Program Supervisor




  • Open Fridays
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Thursdays
  • Open Tuesdays
  • Open Wednesdays
  • Payment/Funding

  • Free
  • Referral Required

  • No referral required
  • Utility Assistance type

  • Independent Programs