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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.

Low Interest Loans for Small Businesses

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced Tuesday that it will be able to expand its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program by $10 million, thanks to a grant received from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s CARES Act appropriation. The money will allow the New Jersey EDA to create Phase 2 of its loan program, and will offer up to $100,000 in low-cost financing to eligible New Jersey small businesses and nonprofits to help with recovery and reopening efforts as a result of COVID-19.

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.

Digital Marketing & Social Media for Small Businesses – Free Introductory Workshop

Digital marketing is an important part of your promotional mix, and social media platforms are valuable tools to use in your marketing communications strategy. On September 3, 2020 from 10am to 11:30am, small businesses are invited to a free introductory workshop hosted by the Union County Economic Development Corporation that addresses the basics of harnessing the power of digital, within the context of your organization’s marketing strategy. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the core principles of digital marketing, and learn to balance digital techniques with traditional methods, for greater effectiveness.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Smiles On Us Event!

Friday, September 11th, 2020 – A Day of Free Dentistry

Anyone who needs help is welcome to come. First come, first serve. Cleanings, fillings and basic extractions – all free. Come to 571 Central Avenue, Suite 100, New Providence NJ from 7am until 1pm.

This event is provided by New Providence Dentistry.

Applications Open for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program – Tomorrow

This program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020. Although applications are not first come, first served and are open for a week, we urge you to prepare your documents and make sure you’re ready to apply. It is more important to have your application be correct and accurate than it is to submit early.

View the Application Checklist

Union Vicinage Landlord/Tenant Virtual Informational Conference

Union Vicinage Special Civil Part judges and staff will explain current landlord/tenant court processes. State, county and community providers will discuss a variety of available services, with a focus on resources for landlords and tenants.

When & Where (click on link to register for Zoom Meeting)

This conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to request an ADA accommodation or interpreter, contact David Beverly at 908-787-1650, ext. 21028 or click to send an email here.

Click here to view and/or download the flyer for this event.

Winfield COVID-19 Walkup Testing @ the Winfield Firehouse on Thursday, August 13th

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce that the Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit is now visiting various community locations to provide free tests for Union County residents. Any resident can make an appointment for a test, whether or not they have symptoms. No doctor visit or car is needed; all tests are conducted on a walk-up basis with masks and social distance required.

Winfield: Fire Station, 12 Gulfstream Avenue, Thursday, August 13.

Back-Rent Forgiveness for NJ Tenants

Governor Murphy on Friday introduced a new emergency aid program Friday that will allow owners of small rental apartment buildings to tap into a pool of $25 million in grant money to make up for rent that tenants affected by the crisis couldn’t pay from April to July. The landlords who receive the federal funds will then be required to cancel the back rent and late fees those tenants weren’t able to pay in that time. The state’s Small Landlord Emergency Grant program is open to landlords of residential properties with three to 10 units — buildings that are found across the state but are largely inhabited by low- and moderate-income residents in urban areas.

For this program we are standing up $25 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established through the Federal CARES Act. This program, which is authorized by the New Jersey Mortgage and Housing Finance Agency, will provide emergency grant funding to the owners of small rental apartment buildings between three and ten units to help cover their COVID-19 related rent losses from April through July. Landlords who receive assistance through this program must then pass along the benefits to their tenants by forgiving outstanding back rent and late fees accumulated during this same period.said Governor Murphy in his press briefing on Friday.

For more information about the program, please click here.