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Ocean County Board of Social Services


There are changes to our Toms River complex!
Effective Monday, August 21, 2023, Building 4 will be closed, and individuals seeking housing related services or Community Care Waiver services should report to Building 3. If you have questions, please call us at (732) 349-1500.

Ocean County has established an Emergency Rental Relief Program for County households that had a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ocean County Board of Social Services Important Program Information Regarding the Coronavirus
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Ocean County Board of Social Services is to serve residents of Ocean County in the administration of approximately 50 programs.

The Agency has expanded its mission to include a more pronounced emphasis on client responsibility and eventual self-sufficiency.

The Ocean County Board of Social Services continues to commit to an ongoing record of excellence in serving Ocean County’s population.

In furtherance of this goal, the Board utilizes bilingual (English/Spanish) workers, a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), or Teletypewriter (TTY) American Sign Language Interpreters, and Language Line Service to ensure that all residents have access to programs and services.

The Ocean County Board of Social Services provides eligible county residents with financial, medical, and social services assistance. Assistance can be granted for emergency circumstances, as well as to meet ongoing needs.


Offices are located in Toms River, Lakewood, and Manahawkin. Not all offices are staffed for all programs.

Please visit NJHelps.org for Food Assistance (SNAP), Cash Assistance (TANF/GA) and Health Insurance (NJFamilyCare/Medicaid) eligibility information.