Work First New Jersey General Assistance
The Work First New Jersey General Assistance (WFNJ GA) program has 2 standards of monthly grants, which are $140 per month for an individual who is considered employable and $210 per month for an unemployable person.
The municipal welfare department and the New Jersey Department of Labor through an allocation administer the Employability Program from New Jersey Department of Human Services. The program involves employing General Assistance (GA) recipients in public work or other training activities and provides an opportunity for them to obtain unsubsidized employment. If assigned to a public work site, clients are required to work only the number hours equal to the amount of their grant, food stamps grant, and rental assistance divided by an hourly wage rate. A client will be placed in a mandatory 4-week class through the New Jersey Department of Labor.
Emergency Assistance (EA) is an extra or additional payment to GA recipients authorized immediately following the occurrence of an emergency. In addition, of the eligible individual or family is in a state of homelessness, the municipal welfare agency determines that the provision of shelter.
The Middletown Township Social Services Department provides referrals to appropriate agencies for every resident if eligible or ineligible for the GA Program.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Through direct funding received by Monmouth County from the United States Department of Treasury under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), New Jersey SHARES has partnered with the County to provide assistance with tenant’s utility bills.
Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program
Registration is open for the Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). This is being made possible through a $325 million infusion from the Federal Homeowners’ Assistance Fund that is part of the American Rescue Plan. Under this new program, eligible homeowners can receive up to $35,000 to cover mortgage arrearages, delinquent property taxes, and other housing costs delinquencies for those who were negatively impacted by the pandemic. This can help protect thousands of homeowners from foreclosures and neighborhoods from being impacted.
Free housing counseling will also be available through ERMA to assist homeowners in applying for assistance as well as guide them through all available options, even working with their mortgage companies to get the best possible outcome. Find an agency that can provide housing counseling. Individuals can also call 855-647-7700 for assistance.
To qualify for the ERMA program, homeowners must:
- be a New Jersey homeowner with demonstrated COVID-19-related financial hardships occurring after January 20, 2020
- own and occupy an eligible primary residence
- have an income below 150% of their Area Median Income (AMI)