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GENERAL NJ TESTING RESOURCES:

Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. It's quick and easy. You don't need insurance and free testing is available. Anyone who wants a test, can now get one.

It's especially important to get tested if:

  • You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell)
  • You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • You are an essential worker (health care worker, first responder, food service worker, or transit worker)
  • You were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain
  • You recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates

To find a testing site near you, click here.

HELP FOR SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES:

NJ Save is an online application from the Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses. Visit here to apply: https://njdoas-ua.force.com/njsave/quickstart

FOOD ASSISTANCE:

  • New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources. You can also visit http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx to learn more and apply for affordable health coverage, and https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/ to learn more and apply for help buying groceries.

  • AmpleHarvest.org helps millions of backyard gardeners easily find a local food pantry to donate their extra garden produce to. If you have come to this site because you are in need of food assistance for your family, you may try the Find A Pantry to look for a local food pantry.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a Federal program administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA) that pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities, as well as people over 65 without disabilities, who have limited income and resources.  The program provides a monthly stipend and NJ FamilyCare to eligible applicants. https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-11148.pdf

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death. For more information about these programs, please contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov

NJ DIVISION OF FAMILY DEVELOPMENT (DFD)

  • DFD is responsible for overseeing financial assistance programs and critical safety net services to individuals and families in New Jersey. Among the programs within this agency are Work First New Jersey/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (WFNJ/TANF) and WFNJ/General Assistance (WFNJ/GA) – the two programs that make up the state’s welfare program; NJ SNAP (formerly Food Stamps); Child Support services and Child Care services.

  • The agencies responsible for administering DFD programs are: the county and municipal welfare agencies (also known as County Boards of Social Services) and One-Stop Career Centers for Work First New Jersey; the county welfare agencies for NJ SNAP; Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) for child care subsidies; and county welfare agencies, court and probation offices, and DFD for child support.

  • Individuals can self-screen for many of the programs supported by DFD at www.njhelps.org

CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS IN CHILDREN RELIEF FUND

  • The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF) is a New Jersey financial assistance program for families whose children have a disability or illness resulting in expenses that are not fully covered by insurance, state or federal programs, or other sources. Families that have lived in New Jersey for at least three months immediately preceding the date of application may be eligible if they have incurred health care expenses that exceed 10 percent of the family's income (plus 15 percent of any income over $100,000). The child must have been 21 years old or younger when the bills were incurred. Families may reapply annually.

  • For more information, please visit: www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cicrf/home/ or call 1-800-335-FUND (3863)

HOMEOWNERSHIP AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

  • New Jersey Medicaid Program: Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. In some states the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.

  • Note: Medicaid is sometimes referred to by state specific names. Regardless of the various names, the programs are still Medicaid and are governed by Federal Medicaid law and regulations.  To apply online, please visit the online application portal.

SICK LEAVE:

UNEMPLOYMENT:

  • You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. A claim would need to be filed at myunemployment.nj.gov, preferably online, and benefits amount would be determined through available wage records. This claim would initially be considered a temporary layoff, thus suspending the provision that the worker be able, available and actively seeking work. As of now, a layoff lasting longer than eight weeks would require the person to be able, available and actively looking for employment. More information is available at https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtm.

NEWARK:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

TESTING RESOURCES:

Appointments are no longer needed at Newark virus testing sites. Testing is FREE and no insurance required. Masks and gloves are REQUIRED at all testing sites. If you do not have a mask, we will give you one. Antibody testing is also available. Please note- testing is limited to Newark residents only.

To view a location near you, or find more information, click here.

INFORMATION ON TESTING SITES

There are three types of testing sites:

  • Community-based testing sites - These sites are open to all New Jerseyans who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • County testing sites - These sites may be restricted to residents or first responders of a specific county. Some also require an appointment and/or prescription from a health care provider.
  • Private testing sites - To access testing at these sites, you must contact your doctor or health care provider.

NOTE: Each testing site operates on a schedule and has specific requirements. Please check with that site before visiting as you may be turned away.

FOR NEWARK TESTING SITES, CLICK HERE: https://covid19.nj.gov/locations?query=Testing+Centers&tabOrder=all%2CpromotedContent%2Clocations%2Cresources%2Cstatus%2CNJfaqs%2CAASfaqs%2Ccoronavirus

HEALTH ASSISTANCE:

New Jersey Medicaid Program:

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. In some states the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.

NOTE: Medicaid is sometimes referred to by state specific names. Regardless of the various names, the programs are still Medicaid and are governed by Federal Medicaid law and regulations.  To apply online, please visit the online application portal.

Urgent Care:

  • Summit Medical Group offers a fast, reliable alternative to hospital emergency department visits. From breaks and sprains to abdominal pain, our Urgent Care Center locations provide coordinated, convenient and comprehensive care when you need it — no appointment necessary!
  • To provide even more options for patients in need of immediate care, we have merged with CityMD, the leading urgent care provider in the New York metro area. Together, we offer 19 urgent care locations in New Jersey and nearly 100 in New York.
  • With access to board-certified emergency medicine physicians, you can count on excellent, high-quality care. Please note: CityMD does not yet have access to your full medical record. So, if you seek care at a CityMD location, please be sure to share any important medical history with the staff. Please also make sure to check your insurance to confirm that it is accepted at CityMD
  • For more info, click here: https://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/service/Urgent-Care-Center/

FOOD ASSISTANCE:

The City has obtained a limited number of ShopRite gift cards for eligible residents. Eligible meaning that they do not have the financial means to get food in their homes or if they are seniors.

 

We only have a limited amount at this time so we are going to focus on seniors and those who need it the most. As more resources come, we will have the ability to get more cards. We thank the National Action Network, Newark Housing Authority, and Neil Greenstein from ShopRite for partnering with us to get the food to those who need it the most. For more information click here.

For an updated list of all Newark Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & Food Banks, click here.

SICK LEAVE

You may be able to use accrued Earned Sick Leave or Temporary Disability Insurance. More information is available at https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtm.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. A claim would need to be filed at myunemployment.nj.gov, preferably online, and benefits amount would be determined through available wage records. This claim would initially be considered a temporary layoff, thus suspending the provision that the worker be able, available and actively seeking work. As of now, a layoff lasting longer than eight weeks would require the person to be able, available and actively looking for employment. More information is available at https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtm.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a Federal program administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA) that pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities, as well as people over 65 without disabilities, who have limited income and resources.  The program provides a monthly stipend and NJ FamilyCare to eligible applicants.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death. For more information about these programs, please contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov

NJ DIVISION OF FAMILY DEVELOPMENT (DFD)

  • DFD is responsible for overseeing financial assistance programs and critical safety net services to individuals and families in New Jersey. Among the programs within this agency are Work First New Jersey/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (WFNJ/TANF) and WFNJ/General Assistance (WFNJ/GA) – the two programs that make up the state’s welfare program; NJ SNAP (formerly Food Stamps); Child Support services and Child Care services.
  • The agencies responsible for administering DFD programs are: the county and municipal welfare agencies (also known as County Boards of Social Services) and One-Stop Career Centers for Work First New Jersey; the county welfare agencies for NJ SNAP; Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) for child care subsidies; and county welfare agencies, court and probation offices, and DFD for child support.
  • Individuals can self-screen for many of the programs supported by DFD at www.njhelps.org

CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS IN CHILDREN RELIEF FUND

  • The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF) is a New Jersey financial assistance program for families whose children have a disability or illness resulting in expenses that are not fully covered by insurance, state or federal programs, or other sources. Families that have lived in New Jersey for at least three months immediately preceding the date of application may be eligible if they have incurred health care expenses that exceed 10 percent of the family's income (plus 15 percent of any income over $100,000). The child must have been 21 years old or younger when the bills were incurred. Families may reapply annually.
  • For more information, please visit: www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cicrf/home/ or call 1-800-335-FUND (3863)

HOMEOWNERSHIP AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE