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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.

The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.

Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps  with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.

If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.

  • Help for preventing homelessness.
  • Pre-School Scholarship Program
  • Foreclosure Prevention Programs
  • Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Job training and placement.
  • Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
  • Childcare for poor working parents
  • Head Start programs for children.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program
  • Free food and meals
  • Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
  • Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Home Ownership Planning Education
  • Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
  • Rental Assistance program
  • Transportation & Aging centers for seniors

Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. also supports Cape May
One S. New York Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Call (609) 348-4131, or learn more on their social services and emergency financial assistance programs.

There are several offices that operate as part of Atlantic Human Resources. The centers are below.

  • 1 South New York Avenue, Suite 610, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401, 609-348-4131
  • Pleasantville Day Care Center, 119 W. Bayview Ave., Pleasantville, NJ 08232, main phone 609-641-5111
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Complex, Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401, 609-343-7380
  • 98 Market Street, 1st Floor, Salem, NJ 08079, telephone 856-935-7510

City of Bayonne in Hudson County Economic Opportunity Partnership
555 Kennedy Boulevard
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Main telephone: (201) 437-7222

Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc.
241 Moore Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 968-0200
Low income programs offered from this non-profit include job training, energy assistance, and general case management. Staff can also provide referrals as needed.

Burlington County Community Action Program
718 Route 130 South
Burlington, NJ 08016
Call (609) 386-5800
Another number is (609) 386-7380.

Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity
538 Broadway
Camden, NJ 08103
Telephone number is (856) 964-6887
Case managers from the community action agency can direct low income families to food assistance, housing programs, and job training services as well.

The Offices of Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity are located at 538 S. Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103 (phone (856) 964-6887) as well as 628 Route 73 South, Berlin, New Jersey 08009. Call (856) 767-3320.

Cape Human Resources
Mailing address – P.O. Box 667
Whitesboro, NJ 08252
Call (609) 465-4531 for intake.
Educational programs and poverty fighting resources are available. Also learn about foreclosure and mortgage delinquency counseling from this community action agency.Other information and government benefits may be offered by Cape Human Resources. The main office is at 100 East main Street. Whitesboro New Jersey 08242. Call (609) 465-4531 for information on their resources.

Check-Mate, Inc. – Monmouth County
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Telephone: (732) 774-3100
This is an application site for weatherization as well as LIHEAP. Also inquire to the New Jersey Head Start program here.

East Orange Community Development Corporation
Address – 490 Main Street
East Orange, New Jersey 07018
Call (973) 266-5315
Supports McLennan county

Essex County Division of Community Action
Location – 50 S. Clinton Street, Suite 3201
East Orange, NJ 07018
Telephone number: (973) 395-8350
Government and state of Jew Jersey programs are available. They include weatherization, Head Start, and homeless prevention in the form of rent, mortgage, and security deposit help.

Gateway Community Action Partnership
Main address is 110 Cohansey Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Telephone: (856) 451-6330
Help low income and seniors in the counties of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland.

Gateway Community Action Partnership locations are as follows.

Main office is at 110 Cohansey Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302, dial (856) 451-6330 for hours

Atlantic County, 1400 Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, phone 609-385-9471

Cumberland County office is at 110 Cohansey Street, Bridgeton, NJ. Call (856) 451-2966

Camden County – 2600 Mt Ephraim Avenue, Suite 411, Camden, NJ 08104, 856-225-5050

Cape May County, 6 Moore Rd , Cape May, NJ 08210, 609-465-1224

Gloucester County center is at 10 E. Madison Street, Paulsboro, New Jersey. Dial (856) 423-0040

Mercer County, 320 Hollowbrook Dr., Ewing, NJ, (609) 771-4076

Salem County, 14 New Market Street, Salem, New Jersey, dial (856) 935-0944

124 Grand Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 795-1576
This is the local community action agency for the City of Hoboken in Hudson County. Assistance is offered for low income, seniors, and families with children. While the organization will try to provide cash assistance when qualified, some residents of Hudson County may receive a loan for their needs, including rental expenses. Call 1-855-OK-HOPES for applications or information.

Jersey City Division of Community Development
30 Montgomery Street, Room 402
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 547-6910

Mercer County Division of Community Services
Primary address is 640 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
Call (609) 989-6964
Many of the programs are available as part of the non-profit known as HomeFront. Some of the resources include federal government grants for homeless prevention, emergency shelter as part of FreshStart, and WorkFirst GED and other state of New Jersey benefits.

For more details on services, HomeFront is based at 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-4518. Call 609-989-9417 for intake.

North Hudson Community Action Corporation
800 31st Street
Union City, NJ 07087-2622
Call the location at (201) 866-2388
Serves only parts of the county, including the towns of Weehawken, Secaucus, East Newark, Guttenberg, Harrison, Kearney, North Bergen, Union City, and West New York. Examples of programs include energy conservation (weatherization), heating/utility bill assistance, and programs for children such as Head Start or meals.

The main offices of the North Hudson Community Action Corporation are as follows. Call for information or referrals.

800 31 Street, Union City, New Jersey, (201) 210-0100
535 Midland Ave, West New York, New Jersey 07093, telephone (201) 866-9320
Garfield, New Jersey, phone: (973) 340-1182
1116-43rd Street, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047, (201) 330-2632
714-31st Street, Union City, New Jersey 07087, (201) 863-7077
124 Grand Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (201) 795-9521
324 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07307, main address is (201) 459-8888

350 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865
Telephone number – (908) 454-7000
One of the larger non-profits in the state. Supports residents of Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren County. Emergency financial assistance includes homeless prevention for struggling New Jersey families. This can be funds to pay back rent, a delinquent utility bill, or a security deposits for a new, lower income housing unit. Or inquire into NJ Shares for utility bills, emergency food, and more.

The locations in Northwestern New Jersey are below.

  • Hunterdon Center and Hunterdon County Home-Based, 79 US Highway 202, Ringoes, NJ 08551, 908-284-4757
  • Newton Center, 111 Ryerson Avenue, Suite 3, Newton, New Jersey 07860, dial 973-300-4091
  • Hopatcong Center, 406 Wills Avenue, Stanhope, NJ 07874, telephone 973-398-4486
  • Phillipsburg Fisher Avenue Center, 535 Fisher Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, call 908-454-5936
  • Phillipsburg Roseberry Street Center, 604 Roseberry Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, main phone 908-213-3422
  • Sussex Center, 37 Main Street, Sussex, NJ 07461, 973-875-8565
  • Warren County Home Based Program, 604 Roseberry Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, 908-213-3422, main phone
  • Washington Center, 2 Pohatcong Avenue, Washington, New Jersey 07882, phone 908-689-4668

n addition to the contact information noted above, other NORWESCAP offices are as follows.

Housing & Energy Services, 350 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, (888) 454-4778
Food Bank, 201 North Broad Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, call (908) 454-4322
Family Success Center of Phillipsburg, 459 Center Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865, dial (908) 213-2679
Child and Family Resource Services, 186 Halsey Road Suite 1, Newton, NJ 07860, main number is (973) 383-3461
The Corporate Office is at 350 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. Phone(908) 454-7000


O.C.E.A.N., Inc.
40 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753-1029
(732) 244-5333
Countless families receive support. Housing resources include low cost foreclosure counseling and eviction prevention advise, not to mention funds to pay rent. The non-profit community action agency also offer Cooling Bill Assistance, tenant/landlord mediation, child care, and other support in New Jersey.

Locations of the center are as follows

Ocean County Southern Service Center is at Rt 9, 179 South Main Street, Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050, telephone (609) 978-6283

Lions Head Office Park center – 35 Beaverson Blvd. Bldg., Brick, NJ 08723, (732) 477-5260

Toms River Location, 2008 Rt. 37 East, Suite 12, Toms River, New Jersey 08753, telephone (732) 288-7913

Passaic County Human Services
Address: 401 Grand Street – Room 417
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone (973) 881-4278
Foreclosure counseling, budgeting, and employment programs are but a few of the services administered.

Paterson Task Force for Community Action, Inc.
Main address is 9 Colt Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Telephone: (973) 279-2333
Only covers the City of Paterson itself.

Plainfield Action Services
510 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Dial (908) 753-3517 for information on resources administered.

Union County Department of Human Services
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 558-2290
Both of these locations cover either Union County or Plainfield. A wide variety of assistance and counseling programs are offered.

Somerset Community Action Program
900 Hamilton Street
Somerset, NJ 08873
Telephone number – (732) 846-8888
While some limited cash assistance or grants may be available for heating bills or paying rental expenses, the focus of this community action is on self-sufficiency. Programs such as Head Start, Financial Literacy, ESL and similar services are available.

There are a few main centers of SCAP in the region. The main offices are as follows.

  • 900 Hamilton Street, Somerset, NJ 08873, Telephone number is 732-846-8888
  • 113 Belmont Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873, main number is 732-302-0700
  • Address is 170 Watchung Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060, dial 908-753-8490

Union Township Community Action Organization
2410 Springfield Avenue
Vauxhall, NJ 07088
(908) 686-6150

United Community Corporation
Main address – 31 Fulton Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Telephone number is (973) 642-0181
The less fortunate in the City of Newark in Essex County can apply for aid here. Career counseling, housing, rent, and homeless prevention services are but a few of the resources offered.

United Passaic Organization
Location is 41 Myrtle Avenue
Passaic, New Jersey 07055
Call (973) 472-2478,

United Progress, Inc.
162 W. State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
Main phone number is (609) 392-2161

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