Income Assistance Programs
Communications Lifeline/Link Up America

Verizon's Communications Lifeline/Link Up America program makes telephone service more affordable for qualified applicants.

The Communications Lifeline provides qualified low-income individuals with a credit towards their monthly telephone bill.

The Link Up America component of the program provides eligible individuals with a discount on telephone connection charges with the remaining amount billed in 12 monthly payments.

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)

The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system (known statewide as Families First) took effect in Ocean County on March 1, 1999. This system replaced the issuance of checks and food coupons to eligible TANF/GA/NJ SNAP clients and made their cash and food benefits available to them through an electronic benefit account. To access their cash and food benefits, TANF/GA/NJ SNAP clients utilize their Families First cards. The EBT card may be used at merchant point-of-sale
(POS) terminals and automated teller machines (ATM).

Emergency Assistance (EA)

Work First New Jersey/TANF/GA and Supplemental Security Income recipients may be eligible to receive Emergency Assistance (EA) benefits to alleviate or prevent homelessness. This assistance may include temporary shelter, utility assistance, food, household furnishings, back rent, and/or a rent subsidy. Receipt of these benefits is time-limited and contingent upon other eligibility factors, such as housing affordability.

Home Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program

This program assists low-income families and the elderly under income guidelines set by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to maintain housing for a maximum of 24 months. The housing assistance payment standard is based on the fair market schedule published annually in the Federal Register, and the amount of subsidy payments is determined on an individual basis.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

This program assists individuals living with HIV infection and their families who fall under HUD income guidelines and are in need of housing assistance by providing a rent subsidy, in addition to receiving case management by an experienced social worker.

NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)

This program is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and wellbeing of low-income individuals by raising their level of nutrition. When making food purchases, eligible individuals use their Families First card to pay for food purchases with funds available in their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account.

Able-bodied NJ SNAP recipients may be required to register for work and participate in meaningful work-related activities through the NJ SNAP Employment and Training Program.

Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP)

The Refugee Resettlement Program provides assistance to refugees who may or may not otherwise be eligible for assistance under the Work First New Jersey/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (WFNJ/TANF) program. To be eligible, an applicant must have fled from and be currently unable to return to his/her place of national origin because of fear of persecution due to
race, religion, or political opinion as determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Eligibility for assistance is time limited.

Work First New Jersey/General Assistance Program (WFNl/GA)

This is a program designed to provide time-limited cash assistance and services that help improve the well-being of single adults or couples without children while they work at obtaining self-sufficiency through employment and/or other sources. The WFNJ/GA program incorporates a five-year limit on cash assistance.

Work First New Jersey/Temporary Assistance for Need Families (WFNJ/TANF)

This is a program designed to provide time-limited cash assistance to needy families with children. The program requires most recipients to participate in work-related activities while providing child-care assistance and other support services designed to promote economic self-sufficiency. The WFNJ/TANF program incorporates a five-year limit on cash assistance.

WFNJ/TANF recipients may also be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits.