Social Services    

Families and individuals in our community go without proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence, or divorce. It is our mission to help the residents in South Brunswick deal with these situations and circumstances to the best of our abilities. Crisis intervention provides immediate assistance for those in need. The Food Pantry, assistance with utility bills, rent and food certificates are some of the services we provide. An application is completed for each recipient and is updated during the year. All funds and food are provided from donations.

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September Update

September is Hunger Awareness Month!

As the last 18 months have brought uncertainty and changes in household incomes, we have been very busy here at the South Brunswick Food Pantry, helping our community with meals, school supplies and other assistance. Additionally, house fires and unforeseen circumstances have placed even more families in situations they never thought they'd find themselves in. Please consider making a donation to the pantry. We accept perishable and non-perishable food items, grocery gift cards, as well as monetary donations. Monetary donations are accepted online via the link above.
 
Perishable and non-perishable food may be dropped off in the rear of the building under the drive-thru area on MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 8:30-4:00.  If you have a large donation or perishables please call 732-329-4000 x7674 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contactless food pickups are Tuesdays and Thursdays.  An appointment is required.  If you need food assistance, please email ghaber@sbtnj.net or leave a voicemail on x7672 to arrange a pickup. 

Thank you to all our wonderful South Brunswick neighbors for their amazing and generous donations!

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Resources for Renters Facing Eviction: Questions and Answers

With the expiration of the nationwide eviction moratorium on July 31, 2021, HUD and other agencies are providing information and resources for renters at risk of eviction. Below are frequently asked questions and relevant resources.

I’m Facing Eviction or Behind on My Rent. What Can I Do?
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can provide up to 18 months back rent, utilities, moving expenses, late fees, and other expenses. Specific coverage and income eligibility limits depend on where you live.
This program is run by states and large cities. Benefits and eligibility requirements depend on where you live. To find out the benefits available to you, visit https://home.treasury.gov/policy- issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local- and-tribal-governments/emergency-rental- assistance-program/program-index 

• Scroll down to expand your state, and then look for your city or county. If you do not see your city or county, click on the link for your state.
• The link will take you to the application page and information specific to your location.
• Most local and state websites will have links for tenants or landlords. These websites are your portal to learn about what is available to you and apply.

I want to talk to someone about my housing situation.
If you are facing eviction or foreclosure and want to get advice and learn about options for your specific situation, you can contact a HUD- approved housing counseling agency for advice.
• These organizations exist to help you learn about your options to stay in your home. The advice is free if you cannot afford to pay.
• To find a housing counseling agency near you, visit https://www.hud.gov/findacounselor or call 800-569-4287.

I want to learn more about mortgage and housing assistance during COVID-19:
• Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/.../mortgage-and-housing.../

I am at risk of losing my home and want to learn more about housing resources:
Individuals at risk of losing their home or who need support related to housing should visit https://www.usa.gov/finding-home or https://www.hudexchange.info/housing-and- homeless-assistance/ or the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at https://www.usich.gov/

What are Key Differences Between the Eviction Moratorium and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program? 10 Things to Know.
1. A moratorium is just a “pause” on evictions—you still owe the rent.
2. This nationwide eviction moratorium (“pause”) will end July 31, 2021
3. If you still have back rent at that time, you will be at risk of eviction.
4. If you are behind on rent, you will need to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program is specifically for people who could not pay their rent due to COVID.
➢ Apply before the deadline, because processing your application can take time.
5. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is run by your state, county, or large city.
6. Specifics of benefits and eligibility depend on where you live, but can cover up to 18 months of back rent.
7. Both landlords and tenants can apply for assistance.
8. To find the program nearest you, visit this link and look for your state, county or city to go to the application.
9. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is the main program to help with back rent, but you must take action to apply.
10. This flyer also lists other resources available to help you.

I want to learn more about housing vouchers
Housing choice vouchers (often called Section 8 vouchers) are distributed by local public housing agencies (PHAs). To find out more about what housing vouchers are and how to access them, visit https://www.hud.gov/topics/housing_choice_v oucher_program_section_8 

I am a veteran at risk of homelessness—what resources are available to me?
If you are a veteran experiencing homelessness, visit https://www.va.gov/homeless/ or https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp to learn about programs for veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Where can I find other resources to help my family?
• If you have questions about the Economic Impact Payments or Child Tax Credits, visit https://www.irs.gov
• If you have lost someone during COVID- 19, visit FEMA’s funeral assistance page at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/corona virus/economic/funeral-assistance
• If you need health care, visit https://www.healthcare.gov
HUD Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is here to serve you. For questions, please contact HUD Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at (202) 708-2404 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Double the need - Since the pandemic began, PSE&G has seen the need for utility payment assistance DOUBLE. May 17-21 is Utility Assistance Week and we are doing everything we can to ensure all of our customers know about the resources available to them, including pandemic relief resources.

 Gov. Phil Murphy’s moratorium on utility shut offs is expected to end on June 30. That is also the deadline to sign up for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program one of the primary payment assistance programs.

 Click here to watch a brief video showing an overview of the payment assistance programs.

Please click here for the PDF version of the press release and click here for the PDF version in Spanish.

PANDEMIC DOUBLES THE NEED FOR UTILITY ASSISTANCE

PSE&G is Helping Customers Get Back on Track, Together

(Newark, N.J. – May 17, 2021) The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has declared this week Utility Assistance Week to remind customers to act quickly if they have fallen behind on their utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s moratorium on utility shut-offs is expected to end June 30, and many customers are unaware that they may qualify for assistance.

“COVID-19 has inflicted financial hardship on many of our customers and left them struggling to pay bills,” said Fred Daum, executive director of Customer Operations at PSE&G. “We have seen the number of customers seriously behind on their bills double since the pandemic began and we are here to support our customers as we all move forward and recover from the pandemic together.”

Recognizing that customers may be unaware of new and updated payment assistance resources, PSE&G is helping customers get caught up on their utility bills. The utility is raising awareness of the resources available to help customers pay their bills. Along with public service announcements on social media, television and radio, the utility has created a dedicated webpage for customers with valuable information about payment assistance programs, pandemic relief and new payment options.

Visit: pseg.com/HelpNow

Anticipating the changing needs of their customers impacted by the pandemic, the utility is offering more flexible payment options. Qualified customers can make a Deferred Payment Arrangement (DPA) with no money down and extended time to pay off their balance. A customer can select a DPA to pay their balance over a 12-, 18- or 24-month period. To make a Deferred Payment Arrangement, log in to My Account or call 800-357-2262.

Gov. Phil Murphy suspended utility shut-offs of residential customers unable to pay their bills. That moratorium is expected to end on June 30. That is also the deadline to sign up for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program one of the primary payment assistance programs.

“At PSE&G, we want to keep all customers connected to their utility service if we can,” Daum said. “You may even see our community outreach teams in neighborhoods, going door-to-door to make customers aware of the resources available to help with utility bills. We are committed to partnering with customers to help keep them connected and get them back on track, together.” 

Visit pseg.com/HelpNow to learn about payment assistance programs, requirements, deadlines and resources.

Below, please find additional information about assistance programs. 

General Information

NJ 2-1-1 Utility Assistance or 2-1-1; 800-510-3102

Low Income Assistance Programs

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or 800-510-3102

Universal Service Fund (USF) or 800-510-3102

Moderate Income Assistance Programs

Payment Assistance Gas and Electric (PAGE) or 855-465-8783

NJ SHARES (NJS) or 866-NJSHARES (657-4273)

Senior/Disabled Adult Assistance Programs  

New Jersey Lifeline or 800-792-9745

PSE&G

Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest gas and electric delivery public utility, serving three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2020, PSE&G was named the most trusted combined gas & electric utility in the East Region, by the Cogent Syndicated Brand Trust Index. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company. PSEG has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for 13 consecutive years (www.pseg.com).

 

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Monetary donations would be greatly appreciated, and can be made by clicking the link below:

https://register.capturepoint.com/reg/donation_detail.cfm?s=IuxMAfrQx8s=&organization_id=154&product_id=9222&season_id=12474&source=donation
 
If you would prefer to send a Shoprite or Stop & Shop gift card you can mail it to:
 
South Brunswick Social Services
PO Box 190
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

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We are located at the South Brunswick Municipal Complex – 540 Ridge Road (Route 522), in the back of the main building

Resources and Referrals

We provide Case Management for individuals requiring assistance. When a client comes to us, we sit down, assess the situation, and find out what particular problems they are having and what assistance they may require. We will refer the client to the proper agency where they can receive the help they need. We have an extensive database of resources and referrals to steer clients in the right direction.