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Assistance for Your Needs

The New Jersey VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) has a number of programs that can be accessed to assist persons who can use help getting through the difficult financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Future With Hope actively participates in multiple weekly calls of NJVOAD and monitors VOADs in New York and Pennsylvania. Please see links below as well as updates as they arise:

NEW (4.14.21): The NJ Economic Development Authority announced today it will begin accepting applications in May for a number of the recently announced programs that are aimed at providing $85 million in grants to various types of small businesses, which includes childcare centers. Pre-registration, which begins this Monday, is required. For details.

(3.25.21): NJ DCA rental assistance program – either the landlord or the tenant can apply for rental assistance as part of the NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Homelessness Prevention program. For more details and to share the application, visit here.

(3.24.21): Internet & Funeral Benefits. The Federal Communications Commission is providing assistance to those households struggling to pay for internet. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services and virtual classrooms. Also available from FEMA is funeral expense reimbursement. Check out all details here.

NEW (3.22.21): The NJ Department of Community Affairs opened its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Phase II (CVERAP-2) for applications on March 22. Tenants in need of assistance with rental arrears or future rent who have experienced an economic impact due to the pandemic may apply. Landlords may apply on behalf of their tenants with the tenant’s permission. Information on the program and the online application portal can be found here and here, respectively.

NEW (3.22.21): Community Food Bank of New Jersey is urgently seeking volunteers at its Hillside and Egg Harbor Township warehouses. For details.

Hunger Free NJ, a program of Center for Food Action that provides emergency services to New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents, is asking food pantries to advertise the P-EBT (Pandemic electronic benefit transfer) for eligible students starting in March 2021. The organization has asked all partners to share the information via social media or other platforms as the state readies a plan to distribute the next round of aid to families in need. For details, including social media graphics in multiple languages, click here.

Dial 2.1.1

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, use the search bar in the above link to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 180 languages.

Food, Cash, Health Insurance:

Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center

Emotional support and grief counseling, funeral services, legal resources, financial information and veterans assistance.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended by two months until May 31. For all details, click here.

Church Reopening Information

The GNJ leadership continues to evaluate what reopening looks like for our buildings for worship and ministry. Governors’ orders from the three states are shown in the links below: