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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Your household qualifies for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if it has an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines OR any member of the household:

  • Received approval for benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year; or
  • Qualifies for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
  • Please see this link for more information.
  • To apply, click here.

Kean Tuition Promise

The new Kean Tuition Promise program promotes equity and expands access to Kean University and a world-class education for students across New Jersey. It makes it possible for deserving students to experience the life-changing effect of a college degree.

The Kean Tuition Promise program covers up to full tuition and fees for eligible students to attend Kean University and fulfill their dream of earning a college degree. The scholarship and grant package is awarded for four years of study for those who qualify.

For more information about this incredible program, please click here to view and/or download the details from Kean University.

Food Distribution Event – Saturday, October 3rd, 9am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Village Super Market of Springfield Township, New Jersey and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey are providing this drive through only food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on October 3rd at 9am.

Location

Cedar Brook Park – Park Avenue Entrance – Plainfield, NJ 07067

Event Details

  • First 2,000 vehicles will receive shelf-safe food and fresh produce on a first come, first served basis
  • One food distribution per vehicle, while supplies last
  • Please make sure to clear out the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival to make room for food bags
  • Bring one (1) proof of NJ residency, such as a utility bill, driver’s license, ID card, etc.
  • Event will take place rain or shine

Click here to view and/or download the event flyer in English and Spanish. With any questions, or for more information, please email the DHS Action Line or call them at 908 558 2288.

Homefirst Presents: Cooking at Home with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

Everyone is invited to this free virtual event. 

On October 14, 2020 at 12pm, join us online for our virtual cooking demo of some of our favorite treats. This session we will be making Honey-Ginger Fruit Dip. There will be a special prize drawing for participants! To sign up, follow the steps below.

  1. Click here.
  2. Click the Donate or Cook button
  3. Sign up with your name and email
  4. Enjoy the cooking demo on October 14th

Homefirst is hosting a home cooking demo in collaboration with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Homefirst is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization combatting homelessness through access to transitional and permanent housing, client advocacy, and emergency funding in service to the Union County community for over 34 years.

Free Naloxone Giveaway on September 24-26, 2020

Naloxone Saves Lives!

The State of New Jersey is providing naloxone for free at participating pharmacies. Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses. It will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limit one per person.

Click here for a list of participating pharmacies. Available while supplies last. For Addiction Help 24/7 call 1-844-REACHNJ.

Professionals, professional entities, first responders and first responder entities, as defined in N.J.S.A. 24:6J-3, are not eligible to obtain the opioid antidote through this project.

Click here for a copy of the flyer for this event in English and Spanish.

Union County CARES Safe Learning Setting Grant (SLSG) Program

On behalf of Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, attached please find the flyer announcement regarding the Union County CARES Safe Learning Setting Grant (SLSG) program. Please click here to view the flyer in English and Spanish.

Households that may qualify for the program include working parent(s), and child(ren) school age (5-13) who are eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program and are enrolled in a Union County public school. If you have any questions, please send an email by clicking here.

Governor Murphy Announces Financial Assistance to Protect Residential and Commercial Utility Customers

Utility Shutoff Moratorium Extended to October 15th 

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the State’s public water, gas, and electric utility companies regulated by BPU have all agreed to extend their voluntary moratorium preventing shutoffs to both residential and commercial customers during the COVID-19 pandemic until October 15th. Additionally, the utilities will offer residential and commercial customers a flexible and extended Deferred Payment Agreement (DPA) of at least 12 months and up to 24 months. No down payments will be required for this assistance. 

NJBPU reminds and encourages all utility customers and ratepayers who have questions about their service to first contact their utility. A list of public gas and electricity utility company phone numbers is available here. If a ratepayer is unable to resolve an issue with their utility company, residents should contact NJBPU’s Customer Assistance team by filling out this online form, or by calling (800) 624-0241 and leaving a voicemail. 

Click here for the full press release.