New Jersey's Housing and Utility Assistance Screening Tool
Finding help when you need it most isn't always easy. There are many state and federal services and programs that were created for the specific purpose of helping people...the trick is in finding the ones that will work for you. That can often feel confusing and overwhelming!
You can always start by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone at any time to be connected with a person who cares and knows about community resources. You can also search our database at the top of this page for local resources on your own; or text your zip code to 898-211 and we will respond by sending you information about resources in your community.
Another excellent resource is DCAid. This is an online screening tool that will determine which programs you are eligible for and will provide you with information on how to apply. DCAid screens your eligibility for programs that can help with rental assistance, homelessness and eviction prevention, utility assistance, weatherization, and lead remediation. It takes 1-2 minutes to be screened. Get screened.
Once you've answered the screening questions, you will receive a customized list of programs and services designed to help people in your situation. From this page, you will learn where to go for help.
DCAid does not guarantee eligibility. The suggested list is based entirely upon the answers that you have provided. Once you have reviewed the list and have decided to apply for benefits, you will still have to contact each program and provide documented household income and spending details.
You can re-screen for services if your situation changes. If you have applied for services before but were declined due to financial ineligibility or if you have recently exhausted your unemployment benefits, you may now be approved depending on your current circumstances.