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    Tools & Resources

     

     

    Click on the underlined links below for available resources:

     

    EMERGENCY SHELTER & HOUSING

    Housing Resource Guides by County

    (from the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ)

     

    Includes listings of available resources with contact details for New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Resource guides for the nine counties designated by the federal government as hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy are also available in Spanish. 

    NJ 211

     

    Visit the website linked above, or dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.  Depending on which county you live in, 211 operators may be able to connect you directly to shelter resources.Search this site by typing "housing/shelter" in the search box to find a listing of shelters and emergency housing.  

    The NJ Housing Resource Center

     

    An online, housing information clearinghouse designed to help all New Jerseyans with their housing-related needs, provides valuable information. NJHRC is completely free and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. The website is easy to navigate and offers a searchable registry of currently available housing in New Jersey, including 

    - Affordable Rental Housing

    - Affordable For-Sale Housing

    - Housing with Accessibility Features

     

    Searches on the database can be narrowed to limit your results to include a specific type of housing unit and the site includes maps and pictures and is updated bi-weekly to give an accurate reflection of housing availability in our state. In addition to this, the NJHRC site is an excellent source for housing-related information. Here you can find information about the basics of buying, renting and maintaining a home as well as learn about state subsidy programs and housing-related services that are available in our state. 

     

    POVERTY

    NJHelps

    This site helps 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.

    Community Food Bank of New Jersey

    Find food resources by county or city by clicking on the link above.

    New Jersey Community Resources

    The link above provides useful information to consumers in need of social services in New Jersey including tax assistance, health programs, employment help, childcare, re-entry programs, energy assistance programs, public benefits information, and more.

     

    LEGAL 

     

    Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ)

    LSNJ provides free legal assistance to low-income people in New Jersey.  Their website, linked above, provides resources for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness as well as access to numerous research reports on poverty in New Jersey.

    Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ)

     

    VLJ provides free legal services throughout the state with more than 1,500 attorneys and paralegals who volunteer their time for one or more of VLJ’s legal programs.  Their mission is to improve the lives of economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey by empowering them with tools, advice, and pro bono representation with the goal of securing fair and equal treatment within the legal system.

    HEALTH/DISABILITIES

    Path Programs

    Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Programs provide services to individuals suffering from serious mental illness; or suffering from serious mental illness and from substance abuse; and are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

    The PATH program provide outreach case management services to homeless adult individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, and assists them in obtaining housing and access to mental health services. Support and coordination of additional necessary services, such as assessment, service planning, service linkage, ongoing monitoring, ongoing clinical support, and advocacy is also provided through the program. Services an eligibility can vary.

    Directory of Mental Health Services

    The NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) contracts with and provides funding to residential and supportive housing providers in each county.  These services are listed in their publication of services under Residential Services, Homeless Services and Supportive Housing.  The list of agencies is linked above.

    NJHelps

    This site helps 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.

    Health Guide for Veterans with PTSD 

    Maryville University has put together this health guide to spread awareness of PTSD and break the stigma surrounding it.  Valuable information is provided to help understand the many facets of PTSD and all of the people who are impacted by it.

    HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

     

    Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)

    (from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs)

     

    HPP provides rental assistance to low- and moderate-income persons who are facing eviction because of temporary financial problems beyond their control. Assistance from this program is not available to people on welfare and/or receiving any other housing assistance. (Welfare recipients have other financial resources available to them.) To make a referral, contact the office in the county where you (or your client) live.  The link above provides a listing of contact numbers by county.