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Ocean County Board of Social Services

Website: http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/SocialServices/

Toms River, NJ - 08753
(732) 349-1500

Financial Help Provided: TANF Office, Emergency Assistance Services, Temporary Cash Assistance

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Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Income Assistance Programs
Burial Assistance
Provided for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid Only, Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Medically Needy, General Assistance, and AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program recipients.
Payment is made directly to funeral homes.
Communications Lifeline/Link up america
Verizon’s Communications Lifeline/Link Up America program makes telephone service more affordable for qualified applicants.
The Communications Lifeline provides qualified low-income individuals with a credit towards their monthly telephone bill.
The Link Up America component of the program provides eligible individuals with a discount on telephone connection charges with the remaining amount billed in 12 monthly payments.
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system (known statewide as Families First) took effect in Ocean County on March 1, 1999.
This system replaced the issuance of checks and food coupons to eligible TANF/GA/FS clients and made their cash and food benefits available to them through an electronic benefit account.
To access their cash and food benefits, TANF/GA/FS clients utilize their Families First cards. The EBT card may be used at merchant point-of-sale (POS) terminals and automated teller machines (ATM).
Emergency Assistance
Work First New Jersey and Supplemental Security Income recipients may be eligible to receive benefits to alleviate or prevent homelessness. This assistance may include temporary shelter, utility assistance, food, clothing, household furnishings, back rent, and/or a rent subsidy.
Receipt of these benefits is time-limited and contingent upon other eligibility factors, such as housing affordability.
Food Stamp Employment And Training Program (FSETP)
FSETP aims at making sure able-bodied Food Stamp recipients register for work and participate in meaningful work-related activities to increase self-sufficiency.
Food Stamps
This program is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of low-income individuals by raising their level of nutrition.
When making food purchases, eligible individuals use their Families First card to pay for food purchases with funds available in their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account.
With the inception of EBT accounts, paper food stamps are no longer issued.
General Assistance Program
This program is designed to provide time-limited cash assistance and services that help improve the well-being of single adults or couples without children while they work at obtaining self-sufficiency through employment and/or other sources.
Home Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program
Assists individuals, families, elderly, and disabled who fall under HUD income guidelines and are in need of housing assistance.
Provides a rent subsidy for a maximum of 24 months.
Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP)
An individual may be eligible if he or she has fled from and cannot return to his/her place of national origin due to fear of persecution due to political opinion, race, or religion.
Eligibility is limited to a total of eight months for WFNJ/GA type cases. Individuals may be eligible for benefits under TANF after this period.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (WFNJ/TANF)
This is a program designed to provide assistance to needy families with children which incorporates a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance and requires most recipients to participate in work-related activities while providing child-care assistance and other support services designed to promote economic self-sufficiency.
WFNJ/TANF recipients may also be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits.

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1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

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