The Township is here to assist residents find important resources to help ease their burdens. If you have any questions, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (732) 247-0922, ext. 430.
Tropical Storm Ida Resources
If you live in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, or Warren counties, you can register for disaster assistance. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
You should have the following information available when you are ready to register:
- A description of disaster damage and losses
- Address of the damaged primary dwelling
- Current mailing address, telephone number, and Social Security number
- Insurance information
- Total household annual income
- Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit
Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
If you are unable to apply online, you can also call 1-800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily or visit a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center near you. Disaster Recovery Centers in Essex and Union counties will remain open until further notice:
- Kmart (Co-located with a Vaccination Center), 235 Prospect Ave. #9413, West Orange
- O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth
Disaster Assistance Resources
The State of New Jersey has launched a resource page with information and state resources available to affected residents. Please click on the link below.
Residents can access FEMA resources online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The TTY number for the hearing or speech impaired is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Calls will be accepted seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please click on the link for information on what to expect when applying with FEMA.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center at the Somerset County Business Partnership Building, 360 Grove Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 to provide businesses with one-on-one assistance in submitting a disaster loan application for damages due to Tropical Storm Ida. The center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents can access the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center for homeowners, renters and business owners to provide answers to questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application.
The Virtual Business Recovery Center & Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center is open Mondays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. They can be reached at (916) 735-1500 or FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.
The SBA announced that low-interest federal loans for disaster related damages are available. Please click on the link for more information.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program. The $10.5 million program will provide grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for businesses and non-profits that suffered physical damage from the effects of recent tropical storms Henri and Ida.
Comprehensive information about the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is available at https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/.
The NJEDA expects to launch an online application for the program at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17th at https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.
Township Assistance Programs
North Brunswick Food Bank
North Brunswick Food Bank distribution will be Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the North Brunswick Senior Center, 15 Linwood Place.
The North Brunswick Food Bank is accepting food, gift cards and monetary donations to help build the inventory of food lost due to the storm. Donations can be dropped off at the North Brunswick Senior Center Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thank you in advance for your support.
North Brunswick accepting Housing Rehabilitation applications
Moderate and low-income households in need of home repairs may qualify for part of nearly $50K in local grants under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program managed by the township. Funding is provided as a five (5) year deferred loan. This means that 20% of the loan amount is forgiven each year, so that if the owner continues to own and occupy the property for five years, the entire amount of the loan is forgiven.
Please see program guidelines and application below. For further information, contact program manager Andrei Alexeev at (732) 247-0922, ext. 207.
Regional Assistance Programs
Elijah’s Promise/Six Mile Run Reformed Church Free Meal Distribution
Distribution will be held every Thursday at 3037 Route 27, Franklin Park from July 8 through Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (or when food runs out). Weather permitting. No ID required.
New Jersey Assistance Programs
NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program
In an effort to aid business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) reopened pre-registration for Phase 4 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program on Wednesday, May 26.
Phase 4 of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program provides grants up to $20,000 to small- and medium- sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses must pre-register to apply for Phase 4 grant funding. Pre-registration will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Pre-registration is not first come, first served, but businesses are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible.
Please click on the links below for further information on the grant program and program registration portal.
COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program – Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF)
If you were impacted by COVID-19 but ineligible for pandemic-related help, you may qualify for a one-time benefit of up to $1,000 per eligible individual and up to $2,000 per household.
The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF) provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID-related unemployment assistance, including:
•Residents re-entering from the justice system
•Any other individuals otherwise excluded
For more information, please click on the link below.
COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program
You can apply for housing assistance if you suffered a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have not been able to pay your rent. Please click on the links for information either in English or Spanish.
Financial Assistance for Health Insurance
Get Covered New Jersey is the State’s official health insurance marketplace that provides access to the resources and financial help you need to find the right coverage. Now, new state and federal financial assistance will help drastically lower health insurance costs for many New Jerseyans.
If you are already enrolled, you will likely be able to claim additional savings. If you need coverage, you can explore your options. If you received unemployment compensation in 2021, you may be eligible for nearly free coverage. Enrollment is open through the end of the year but enroll by Friday, April 30th for coverage effective May 1st.
NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP)
The Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program is available to assist New Jersey communities affected by COVID-19. It is provided by Catholic Charities of New Jersey in collaboration with the NJ Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program.
New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provide a host of services, including substance abuse prevention and early intervention, emergency screening, outpatient and intensive outpatient mental health and addictions services, partial care and partial hospitalization and case management.
Middlesex County Assistance Programs
Middlesex County Services Locator
The County’s Service Locator can help residents find available resources, such as food, substance abuse resources, job training, emergency preparedness, veterans services, housing or caregiving. To access the service locator, please click on the button below.
Middlesex County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Are you in need of rental assistance as a direct result of COVID-19? Support is available right now for low-to-moderate-income households! Middlesex County has established an Emergency Rental Assistance Program for eligible households facing a loss of income due to the pandemic.
If qualified, funds from the program may be used to pay outstanding balances for rent or utilities (gas, electric, and/or water only), with funds usually being paid directly to landlords and service providers. If a landlord does not wish to participate, funds may be paid directly to the eligible household. Generally, temporary assistance will not exceed more than 12 months.
More information and a link to the application portal can be found here: https://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/find-programs-and-resources/rental-assistance
Career Assistance – Middlesex County Office of Career Opportunity
The office administers federal and state job training funds for the benefit of County residents. It establishes programs to prepare youth and adults for entry into the labor force and to afford job training for eligible individuals facing serious barriers to employment, who are in special need of training to obtain productive employment.
Utility Assistance Programs
Altice (Optimum) is offering low cost Internet for qualifying groups through its Altice Advantage Internet program. Those who may qualify include:
- K-12 or college student who needs Internet access at home for remote learning due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic
- Eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older
- US military veteran and receives state or federal public assistance.
To learn more about the Altice Advantage Internet program, please click the link below.
For information on assistance in paying your PSE&G bill, please click the link below.