If you have been unemployed for quite a while and are now learning that your unemployment benefits have or are about to run out, you are probably searching for a way to put food on the table, afford to your housing and pay your utility bills. This section of our website is designed to help you face these new challenges and educate yourself about how New Jersey’s social service system works. Take some time to explore the programs that may be able to help you and your family through these difficult times.
Turn to NJHelps
NJHelps is a free and easy service in our state that will walk you through basic eligibility criteria online and enable you to anonymously answer simple questions about your family, income, and situation. Based on your answers, you will receive referrals to relevant programs. From this page, you will learn where to go for help and what to bring with you. You'll also be able to apply for some programs (like SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) online. Learn more about NJHelps. Learn about free health insurance for your children through NJ FamilyCare.
County Boards of Social Services
The County Boards of Social Services offer a variety of services and programs. If you meet the eligibility requirements for NJ SNAP food assistance and cash assistance you can apply for help at your County Board of Social Services.
You are Not Alone
If at any time you feel overwhelmed or just don’t know where to turn next, please know that you are always welcome to dial 2-1-1. Our resource specialists are available to assist you at any hour of the day or night, on any day of the year. Our office never closes. There are also, crisis helplines that can help you or a family member as you face your loss of income and deal with the ramifications of your current situation. Based on your answers, you will receive referrals to relevant programs. You can also access mental health resources on our website.