Ocean County Press Release
Haywood Road Offices Damaged By Lightening Repaired

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Board of Social Services will reopen its offices on Haywood Road to the public at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10.

"We are pleased to be able to reopen the offices at Haywood Road in Manahawkin," said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Board of Social Services. "Repairs are completed and the public can return to the office to access important social services and programs."

The building at 333 Haywood Road in the Stafford Business Park was substantially damaged as a result of a lightening strike to its roof on Aug. 13 which caused a fire. The building also sustained smoke and water damage.

"The Ocean County Board of Social Services made every effort to accommodate its clients that were unable to access this office," Little said. "I want to thank the administration and the staff at the Board of Social Services for their efforts in maintaining services for the needy during this closure."

Clients were able to access the Board of Social Services offices in Toms River and Lakewood while the Southern office was closed.

Social services workers administer General Assistance, SNAP (food stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Adult Medicaid Family Care and other programs from the southern site.

In addition, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics run by the Ocean County Health Department in the same facility are now open during regularly scheduled clinic hours. Clinic hours are available on the Ocean County Health Department website at www.ochd.org.

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