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Services to Underrepresented Groups

 

General | Home Services | Hearing Loss | Employment Resources | Ex-Offender Resources

Family Resources | Financial Resources | FoodHealth and Health Care Resources |

LGBTQ Resouces | Veteran's Resources | Women's Resources

 


 

Age-Based Resources

General

 

Senior Services from NJ 211

NJ 211 is a telephone and online service offering programs for seniors.

 

Aging and Disability Resource Connection

ADRC provides information and assistance to older persons, adults with physical disabilities, caregivers and professionals looking for services or programs. Find local offices on aging. A program of the Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services.

 

Anti-Fraud Toolkit

Senior citizens – individuals 60 and over - are targeted more frequently by financial fraud and scams than any other age group. The Anti-Fraud Toolkit was designed to provide senior citizens with the information they need to recognize and avoid scams. Published by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

 

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.


NJ Helps

This site will help to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources. Part of the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

 

Office of Public Guardian and Elder Rights

The Office of the Public Guardian for Elderly Adults makes legal, financial and healthcare decisions for individuals aged 60 and older who have been determined by a Superior Court judge to be incapacitated. The office also administers the Adult Protective Services Program.

 

Senior Services

A list of senior services offered by various departments of the State of New Jersey.

 

 

Home Services

 

Meals on Wheels

Enter your ZIP code to find local providers of daily meals delivered to senior citizens.

 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance

The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program.

 

Long-Term Care Facilities

Find information about long-term care facilities in New Jersey. Published by the New Jersey Department of Health.


Tax Assistance

Free Tax Preparation Services for Taxpayers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is for individuals of low to moderate income, individuals with disabilities, and non-English speaking taxpayers. Tax Counseling for the Elderly, or TCE, is for individuals 60 years of age or older.

 

Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement)

The Senior Freeze property tax reimbursement program reimburses eligible New Jersey residents who are senior citizens or disabled persons for property tax increases on their principal residence (home). Complete this questionnaire to see if you may be eligible for a 2017 Senior Freeze.


Transportation

NJ Find a Ride

For help finding a ride in New Jersey try this website or call 211 for trip planning assistance. Searchable by county and municipality.

 

Special Automobile Insurance Policy (SAIP)

New Jersey's Special Automobile Insurance Policy helps make limited auto insurance coverage available to drivers who are eligible for Federal Medicaid with hospitalization. Such drivers can obtain a medical coverage-only policy at a cost of $365 a year.


Healthcare for Seniors

Medicaid

The New Jersey Medicaid program provides medical assistance to people who qualify.


Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD)

A state-funded program that helps eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on their prescription drug costs


NJ Save

An online application to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses.


Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program

The Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program is a state-funded prescription program with a different co-payment structure and income eligibility guidelines than those of PAAD.


State Health Insurance Assistance Program

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance. Check out the site or call 1-800-792-8820.

 

Hearing Loss

Hearing Aids

New Jersey's Department of Human Services offers Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled providing a $100 reimbursement to eligible persons who purchase a hearing aid.

 

Assistive Technology

The Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing distributes assistive technology to qualified New Jersey residents with hearing loss to ensure access to the telecommunications and visual alerting home safety equipment needed to live independently.

 

Employment Resources

American Job Center

Get job search help, locate workforce services in your area, access career information and more.


JobNow

JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including online coaches to assist with resume building, job searches, and interview skills. The site also provides a writing lab, test prep for high school equivalency and citizenship tests, and skills assessments.


Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.


Lynda.com

Take advantage of a constantly growing library of more than 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover business, design, web development, multimedia skills, software, and more. Featuring searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions, plus Certificates of Completion for your LinkedIn profile.


New Jersey Career Centers

New Jersey Career Connections offers valuable employment and training services to help you with your job search.

 

New Jersey Career Connections

New Jersey Career Connections offers valuable employment and training services to help you with your job hunt.

 

NJ State Library: Get Help

The New Jersey State Library keeps an updated and comprehensive list of resources for residents looking for help finding employment, housing, medical care and more.


The Occupational Outlook Handbook

The U.S. Department of Labor’s online version of this standard work provides searching by keyword, type of occupation (service, construction, sales, etc.) or by index. It also offers information on hot jobs, earnings, and links to relevant associations.


VetNow

VetNow supports veterans and their families by providing online benefits navigators, academic tutoring in English, math, and science, and exam prep, as well as career transition assistance such as resume building, interview skills, and career path guidance.

 

Ex-Offender Resources

 

Division of Community Programs

The Division of Community Programs develops, coordinates and manages treatment and services to parolees. Programs include Community Resource Centers, the Reentry Substance Abuse Program (RESAP) and Stages to Enhance Parolee Success (STEPS) residential programs, the Mutual Agreement Program (in partnership with the Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services), and other specialized programs.

 

New Jersey Association on Correction

The NJAC envisions a world of social equity and the development of just laws that are impartially applied to all people. survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, women at risk of separation from their children due to child abuse and/or neglect, women in recovery and their children, people at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS, adult-ex-offenders, and youth who are at risk of becoming offenders. Multiple locations across New Jersey.

 

New Jersey Reentry Corporation

A non-profit running reentry programs in Jersey City, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Kearny, Neptune City, New Brunswick, Newark, Paterson, and Toms River.

 

New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium

NJ-STEP provides higher education courses for all students under the custody of the State of New Jersey while they are incarcerated and assists in the transition to college life upon their release into the community. Our vision is that every person in prison who qualifies for college should have the opportunity to take college classes while incarcerated and continue that education upon release.

 

One-Stop Career Centers

State funded reemployment centers provide job search assistance, training and education assistance, specialized services, and on-site resource rooms with computers and telephones.

 

The Reentry Coalition of New Jersey

An organization committed to offender rehabilitation, the Coalition is comprised of agencies providing evidence-based reentry services to offenders to promote public safety and reduce the likelihood of offenders returning to the criminal justice system.

 

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley Re-Entry Services

Headquartered in Camden, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley has operated community-based, residential, reintegration-centered programs for thirty years.

 

 

Family Resources

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

The State of New Jersey's child care resource and referral agencies provide information on the availability of child care services provided through the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program. Includes list of local offices.

 

Child Care Subsidy Application

The Child Care Subsidy Program helps lower-income families who are working, in training or in school, or a combination of these activities to pay a portion of their child care.

 

Department of Children and Families Hotlines

Statewide domestic violence hotline. Call toll-free: 800-572-SAFE (7233), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

If you are experiencing abuse, please know there is help and that you are not alone. Every county (including Hudson) throughout New Jersey has at least one domestic violence program providing a range of services to survivors of domestic violence and their children by trained and compassionate domestic violence advocates.

 

New Jersey Licensed Child Care Centers

Searchable database of State-licensed child care providers. For a list of all licensed child care centers and their inspection reports, leave all search boxes blank.

 

New Jersey WIC

WIC is a public health nutrition program that provides education, nutritious food and improved access to health care and social services for low or moderate-income pregnant women, new mothers and children younger than five years of age.

 

NJChildSupport.org

The State of New Jersey’s child support information and payment center.

 

NJDCF Home Visitation Program

New Jersey Department of Children and Families offers home visitation programs that provide helpful information and support pregnant women, new mothers or fathers, or other caregivers in the comfort and privacy of their home.

 

NJ Parent Link

The focus of NJ Parent Link is to meet the information and resource needs of expectant parents, families with young children (from newborns to children entering kindergarten) and professional stakeholders vested in the health and well-being of New Jersey's children and families.

 

Financial Resources

Banking, Insurance, or Real Estate Complaints

Contact the New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance and Real Estate Commission to file a complaint or ask questions about an issue.

 

NJ Helps

This site will help to see if you are eligible for services including food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources. Part of the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

 

Personal Finance Topics

Links published by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance related to personal finance issues such as identity theft, predatory lending and credit awareness.

 

Special Automobile Insurance Policy (SAIP)

New Jersey's Special Automobile Insurance Policy helps make limited auto insurance coverage available to drivers who are eligible for Federal Medicaid with hospitalization. Such drivers can obtain a medical coverage-only policy at a cost of $365 a year.


Utility Assistance Programs

Published by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, this site links to utility assistance programs like the PAGE Program, Comfort Partners, Winter Termination Program and others.

 

Food Assistance Resources

 

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Search for food banks in Hudson County or statewide

 

FoodPantries.org

More listings of faith-based, government and nonprofit New Jersey food pantries, categorized by municipality.


NJ Snap

Helping low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. Learn more about the program, if you are eligible, and how to apply.

 

Health and Health Care Resources

 

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund

A financial assistance program for New Jersey Families whose children have an illness or condition otherwise uncovered by insurance, state or federal programs, or other source such as fundraising.



Gale Health and Wellness

Offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more.

 

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies

Focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Both interactive and current, the database allows users to navigate issue, organization and country portals.


JerseyClicks

New Jersey's statewide portal for high-quality, full-text databases covering subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. Includes Reference Latina, a Spanish-language full-text database.



MedlinePlus

Information from the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library. Everything you need to know about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations.


NJ Family Care

New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.

 

PubMed Central

A digital archive of life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

 

Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services

Information on the state's newborn screening and genetic services, early childhood intervention, and services for special needs children.


LGBTQ Resources

GLAAD

For over 30 years, has been at the forefront of cultural change, accelerating acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Here are GLAAD’s resources for the LGTBQ community.

 

Veterans' Resources

Bradley-Morris

A career development firm that provides military job placement services to job seekers who are undergoing military transition, and job seekers with military experience who have worked in the civilian sector. Their client base features companies such as Ford, IBM, Allied Signal, Sprint, General Electric and Motorola. Military transition advice and placement services are offered at no cost to transitioning military personnel.

 

Center for Veterans Enterprise

Dedicated to assisting veterans start and build their businesses. CVE maintains a web site that serves as the federal government portal for veteran-owned businesses.

 

G.I. Jobs

Since 2001, G.I. Jobs has been offering articles, tips and online tools to help military transitioners explore different career and post-secondary education options.

 

Hiring Our Heroes

Features programs and events for current military members, vets, military spouses and employers. Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

 

New Jersey Career Connections

Veterans receive priority referral to all jobs and training opportunities for which they are qualified on the NJ Career Connections website. In local One-Stop Career Centers, staff specialists help veterans find the jobs and opportunities for which they qualify. In addition to priority referrals to jobs, vets can enroll in free job search workshops, find help developing a resume, learn about career training programs and get help understanding the network of veterans' benefits available through the Veterans Administration, state and local governments.

 

Veterans Employment Center

Career and employment assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Translate military occupational codes into civilian skill equivalents for a powerful resume and learn about related civilian career paths.

 

Veterans Reemployment Portal  

The U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop site assists veterans with employment, training, career planning, financial and emotional help after military service. There are links veterans to local resources as well as offering a military-to-civilian job search based on military job title or military occupation code.

 

VetNow

VetNow supports veterans and their families by providing online benefits navigators, academic tutoring in English, math, and science, and exam prep, as well as career transition assistance such as resume building, interview skills, and career path guidance.


VETS - VetJobs

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service’s VetJobs is available to help ALL members of the United States military family. Also affiliated with CASY and MSCCN.

 

Women’s Resources

LeanIn

Offering inspiration and support for women to learn and share experiences. Includes videos, talks, stories, and free online lectures in partnership with Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Studies and other experts.