Emergency Assistance/Utility Assistance Programs

Emergency Assistance Programs

Social Services are available for a variety of issues.

Our Social Workers are able to talk with you and provide information and referrals to other agencies if we can't provide the service directly.

If you are currently receiving either TANF, SSI or GA you may be eligible for our Emergency Assistance Program that can assist you with some related housing costs in an effort to avoid homelessness. We can assist with temporary emergency shelter, food, utility assistance and in some cases clothing and household furnishings for homeless persons who are eligible for TANF, GA and/or SSI under certain circumstances.

Temporary emergency shelter, as well as assistance with rent, security deposits or utilities, can also be provided for certain homeless persons who are not recipients of the above programs. The type and amount of assistance given depends on the availability of funds and the ability to provide a more long-term solution to the problems of homelessness.

In all circumstances, a social worker is available to function as an advocate for the individual or family in working with landlords, shelter operators and utility companies in order to obtain services that are needed.

To contact a social worker regarding Emergency Assistance:
Call (856) 256-2113 before 4:30 PM

Utility Assistance (Home Energy Assistance)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEA)

Assistance is available to help pay for heating or medically-necessary cooling costs.  Applicants for Food Stamps automatically apply for LIHEA when applying for these programs. No other application is necessary. Other Gloucester County residents who feel they may qualify for LI HEA may contact: 

Gateway Community Action Partnership 901 N Delaware St Paulsboro NJ 08066 (856)423-0040


The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey. The Gloucester County Office is located at The Carriage House , 21 Delaware St,  Woodbury, NJ 08096. Telephone: (856) 848-7150

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has launched a new web page,
http://www.njhelps.org/ , which allows New Jersey residents to go online and find out if they may be eligible for eight State assistance programs.

By simply answering a few questions about household income and expenses, residents can screen for the following programs:

New Jersey State Wide Hotlines

  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-295-SERV   This 24-hour hotline provides information about emergency shelter, support groups, counseling and your legal rights and refers you to a domestic violence program in your county.
  • Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-601-7200
    This 24-hour hotline provides information about support groups, counseling and your legal rights and refers you to a sexual assault program in your county.
  • Child Support Hotline 1-877-655-4371
  • Child Abuse Hotline 1-877-NJABUSE
  • Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-792-8820
  • NJ SNAP Hotline 1-800-729-9773


https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/  Apply for all Programs Online