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NJHelps is a free and easy guide for you to determine what programs and assistance for which you and your family may be eligible. NJHelps will tell you where to go for help and what to bring with you, after you have answered a few basic questions. The web platform also provides you with contact information and links to valuable resources available throughout the State. It cannot guarantee that you qualify for these programs. You must still apply for help by contacting and filling out the required forms for each program.
The site will tell you whether your family might be able to get help from the programs that are available and will help you to understand how different programs work. Simply go to NJHelps website and click on the program name for a description of the program. Click on the "Continue" button to begin to screen for eligibility.
NJHelps will ask a few questions about your household, income, and expenses. All the answers are anonymous and can never be linked to you. The typical session lasts 5 to 15 minutes depending on how many people live with you. To begin the screening process visit http://www.mynjhelps.com/.
Both the federal and state programs are designed to provide a tax credit to citizens who work and have earned income. The credit reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund, even if you have no tax liability to New Jersey. Learn more about the federal EITC program online or call 800-829-1040. To learn more about the NJ EITC, go to NJ Department of Taxation website (website needs to be updated for 2017 tax season) or call 609-292-6400.x
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Verizon Communications makes residential telephone service more affordable in its service area by offering Communications Lifeline services for qualified, low-income customers. Through Communications Lifeline, existing Verizon residential customers may be eligible to receive discounted local telephone service.
Communications Lifeline offers eligible consumers a service package that includes:
Flat Rate Service provides an unlimited number of calls within a calling area at no additional cost. Moderate Rate Service provides up to 75 outgoing local messages of 5 minutes or less each month without additional charges. For every local message after the first 75, customers are charged 6.5 cents. Low Use Message Rate Service provides up to 20 outgoing local messages of 5 minutes or less each month without additional charges. For every local message after the first 20, customers are charged 10 cents.
You are eligible for this program if no one claims you as a dependent on his or her income taxes (unless you are at least 60 years old) and you receive benefits from one of these programs: Medicaid, SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamp Program), General Assistance (GA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF/WFNJ), Section 8 federal public housing, national school lunch program
If you are age 65 or over and are not participating in one of the above programs and your annual income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty income level then you qualify for Communications Lifeline.You can find out how to enroll in Communications Lifeline by calling NJ Shares at 1.888.337.3339 or by visiting the NJ Shares website.
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