What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?
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Unemployment Insurance Benefits: If your work has been affected by COVID-19, you likely qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility has been expanded, compensation has been increased by $600 per week, and benefits are available for an additional 13 weeks. Learn more here.
Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program. Learn more here.
Food Assistance: If you need food assistance, you may be eligible for NJ SNAP, New Jersey’s food assistance program. To learn more go to NJSNAP.gov or to apply go to NJHELPS.org. New Jersey WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is allowing remote access to benefits and additional food items. Learn more here.
Cash Assistance: Work First New Jersey (WFNJ), which includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA), provides monthly cash. Learn more here.
Family Leave Benefits: If you must care for children or family members due to the coronavirus outbreak, you may be eligible for federal emergency Childcare FMLA or New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (FLI). It’s against the law for an employer to retaliate against you for taking FLI, and your job may be protected under the Family Leave Act. Learn more here.
Temporary Disability Benefits: If you’re unable to work due to illness, self-quarantine, or pregnancy, you may be able to apply for Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). It’s against the law for an employer to retaliate against you for taking TDI, and your job may be protected under the Family Leave Act. Learn more here.
Sick Leave: If you are sick, need time to care for others, or are unable to work due to the public health emergency, you may eligible for New Jersey Earned Sick Leave, or emergency federal paid sick leave, paid by your employer. Learn more here.
Job Protection: A new law prohibits employers from firing, demoting or otherwise punishing workers if they take time off because they have or are likely to have COVID-19. Learn more here.
Job Search: Business across New Jersey are looking to hire thousands of workers, including those who lost their jobs or have had hours reduced as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
Eviction Protection: During the public health emergency, individuals cannot be removed as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding. Learn more here.
Mortgage Relief: If you are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may be able to request mortgage payment forbearance for up to 90 days. Learn more here.
Housing Assistance: If you are a homeowner or renter facing hardship, you may be eligible for housing assistance or for housing counseling. Learn more here.
Homelessness Services: New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness can get help with food, shelter, and finances. Learn more here.
Child Care Resources: If you are an essential employee, you can get support for child care costs. Learn more here.
Mental Health Resources: Help is available for individuals feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or suicidal. Learn more here.
Resources for Veterans: Help is available for veterans and their families to cope with the stress of the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here.
Domestic Violence Hotlines: Help is available for survivors of domestic violence. Learn more here.
Assistance for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Resources are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more here.