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Social Services

Food Distribution Event – Saturday, October 24th, 9am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 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 Saturday, October 24th at 9am.

Location

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union NJ 07083

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.

Family Support & Prevention Program

Does your child have a health issue? Is your child struggling with school? United Way of Greater Union County can help!

You may be eligible to receive services from the Family Support & Prevention Program. Please click to view/and or download the informational flyer about this program in English and in Spanish.

For more information and to make an appointment, email or call Greg Thomas at 908-353-7171 extension 130 at United
Way of Greater Union County
.

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program

You can now apply for housing assistance if you suffered a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have not been able to pay your rent or mortgage. Please download the attached informational flyer in English and Spanish.

You are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program if:

  • You live in New Jersey
  • Have overdue rent or mortgage payments from March 2020 and/or need assistance until December 2020
  • Have proof that you are not able to pay rent/mortgage due to COVID-19, such as loss of income or reduced hours at work or unable to work due to being high-risk or having to quarantine or isolate, or due to a child’s remote learning
  • Your annual income does not exceed 450% of the federal poverty level

How It Works

  • Apply online here.
  • You will need to demonstrate that your income doesn’t exceed the income limit and that you were unable to pay your rent or mortgage due to COVID-19.
  • You will also need provide proof a current lease/rental agreement or mortgage information, and a letter from your landlord documenting your pay history and status

Applications will be processed until funding is exhausted.

Food Distribution Event – Saturday, October 10th, 9am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 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 10th at 9am.

Location

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union NJ 07083

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.

Job Fridays Are Back!

One-On-One Employment Assistance & Support

  • Do you need help job searching or applying for jobs?
  • Do you need help creating a resume?
  • Do you need help on brushing-up workplace skills?
  • Do you need additional employment support?
  • Our FSC staff is here to help you one-on-one.

Please Join our Job Fridays on October 16th and October 23rd from 9:30am until 12pm. Please contact Roberto Alcivar at 908 351 7727 Extension 235 to register.

Free COVID-19 Testing on October 1st from 10am – 1pm at the Linden Housing Authority Dill Avenue Parking Lot

It is important to get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, or were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain. This event is Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Social Security is here to help!

On behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), I want to let you know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, SSA continues to provide help to you and others in your community.

While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services.  SSA asked me to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security matters. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 Number.  They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their Social Security Office Locator.

SSA also wants you to know they have many secure and convenient online services to:

  • Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits,
  • Check the status of an application or appeal,
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas),
  • Print a benefit verification letter, and
  • Much more.

Most business with SSA can be done online, but they know that many people still rely on phone or in-person help.  That’s why they want you to know you can still count on them by phone. And, if you have a critical situation they cannot help you with by phone or online, they may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

If you need help from SSA, please don’t wait until they can see you in person.  Reach out now and get the help you need.

Lastly, SSA also understands that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic.  So, they are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.

Sincerely,

Mayor Derek Armstead