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Hunterdon County Department of Human Services

Megan O'Reilly, Administrator, Department of Human Services

Lisa Piazza , Division Head, Social Services

Community Services Building
6 Gauntt Place - PO Box 2900
Flemington, New Jersey 08822-2900
Directions to the Division of Social Services


The Hunterdon County Division of Social Services
Administers Mandated Federal and State Public Assistance Programs
and Social Services Programs as Well as Other Family Counseling Programs


NJHelps (www.njhelps.org) is a free service offered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Welfare Services and is an easy way for you to prescreen for several welfare programs that are available to help you and your family.

NJHelps is private, they do not ask who you are and do not share your information with anyone.

NJHelps will tell you where to go for help and what to bring with you when you visit your County's Division of Social Services, after you have answered all the questions.



The Hunterdon County Division of Housing lottery waiting list application is CLOSED.  We are not accepting applications. 

for Hunterdon County Social Service Providers

The Housing Resource Desk Guide was prepared, for the purpose of aiding social service providers who work with low-income families and individuals in their search for affordable housing.


The Hunterdon County Housing Resource Desk Guide was prepared by:

Family Promise of Hunterdon County
United Way of Hunterdon County
Hunterdon Housing Alliance
and the
Hunterdon County Department of Human Services

If you are in need of emergency food or shelter? Please call us!

Hunterdon County
Division of Social Services


between the hours of 8:30AM – 4:30PM 
Hunterdon Helpline

1-908-782-4357 (HELP)
after 4:30PM, Weekends, and all office closures.

State of New Jersey
Electronic Benefit Transfer

NJ STATE - E.B.T. (Electronics Benefits Transfer)

NJ Human Services Announces $70 Million in Food Assistance for Vulnerable Families in New Jersey

Amid the COVID Pandemic, Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits


COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II (CVERAP Phase II)

The State of New Jersey has rolled out its CV-ERAP Phase II Program providing rental assistance to tenants experiencing difficulty with paying rent due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  For More Program Inforamtion visit:  https://www.nj.gov/dca/cverap2.shtml

The link to the application by lottery found at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Website will go live on March 22, 2021 at 9:00 am. 

  • Assistance available for 12 months with up to an additional 3 months
  • Assistance available in 3 month increments, with re-certifications
  • DCA will encourage landlord to accept repayment plans if all of the rent cannot be paid current.
  • Arrears must accrue on or after March 2020
  • There will be only one application per household
  • Those who received less than 12 months of assistance in July’s CV-ERAP program Phase I can apply for the additional months
  • Applicants must have Income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income ($57,800  for a household of one Hunterdon County) 
  • The DCA will provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities and limited English proficiency. 
  • Applicants must supply proof that they are at risk of homelessness.



Download a list of County Area Food Pantries and their hours of operation, provided by the Hunterdon Couty Partnership for Health or visit our Interactive Map of Area Food Pantries

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Important Information for SNAP
Recipients about your February Benefits


If you would like to apply for any of the programs listed below, call 908-788-1300 and ask for a screener

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE -(updated November 2017) - SPANISH (última actualización 2011. La actualización española 2017 próximamente)

The Division provides information and referral, advocacy and crisis intervention services to residents based on financial eligibility and the availability of funding.

The Division is dedicated to serving people with disabilities. We encourage people to request reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA complaints may be filed with Barbara Metzger, the Disability Services Planner, at 908-788-1361.

The Hunterdon County Department of Human Services is an equal opportunity employer.  There is no discrimination in employment nor in the provision of services based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental or birth status.

AIDS Waiver (ACCAP) – Home and community based services for individuals with AIDS or AIDS Related complex (ARC).

Boarding Home/Rooming House Services – The Division investigates complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation of residents of boarding homes, residential health care facilities, rooming houses and unlicensed facilities as well as providing outreach services to these residents.

Child Support and Paternity – The Division is responsible for locating absent parents, establishing paternity and/or securing child support for TANF/WFNJ recipients and non-TANF applicants for child support services.

Dr. Orlie Pell Fund, Inc. – The Division administers a safety net fund for those individuals in need of food, clothing, utilities, prescription drugs, etc., who are ineligible for other categorical assistance programs and services.

NJ FAMILY CARE PROGRAMAffordable HealthCare Act & NJ FamilyCare Program – Provides free or low-cost health insurance to low-income working families and their children who cannot afford to privately pay the cost of health insurance. www.njfamilycare.org

The NJ Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched an NJ FamilyCare advertising campaign to inform families to enroll eligible children in our comprehensive Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Food Stamp Program – Federally funded USDA program which provides benefits to income eligible households in order to increase their food purchasing power and improve the nutritional adequacy of their diets.

Food Stamp households that incur heating expenses can apply for heating and cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance program.

Food Stamp Employment Training Program (FSETP) Can provide $6/day travel reimbursement for individuals who use their own vehicles, or LINK transportation assistance can be provided in order to search for employment

General Assistance Program (GA) – The Division provides General Assistance Program benefits to individuals 18 and over without dependent children who can qualify for cash benefits, medical coverage, transportation and possible housing to residents of all County municipalities, with the exception of  Lambertville, and East Amwell Township.

Homeless/Emergency Programs – The Division provides shelter and shelter related services to clients eligible for TANF/GA and SSI Emergency Assistance.  The SSH State program and the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) provides funding for clients who are ineligible for services under Emergency Assistance.

Medicaid Programs – Medicaid coverage is provided to eligible individuals/couples in the following categories:

  • Aged, blind and disabled individuals residing in the community, boarding homes or nursing homes
  • Medicaid Only
  • Pregnant women
  • Parents with children
  • Children under the age of twenty-one (21)
  • Medical Emergency Program for Undocumented Residents
  • NJ Workability Program
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

Medicaid Managed Long Term services and Support (MLTSS) -
Medicaid services are provided to eligible clients to remain in the community or return to the community, rather than be cared for in a nursing home or hospital setting.

Medically Needy Program – This program provides specific medical benefits to pregnant women, needy children, the aged, blind and disabled whose income and assets are too high to qualify them for the Medicaid Only Program.

Qualified Income Trust (QIT) - Medicad services fro individuals in need of Nursing Home Care, Home and Community based services including Assisted Living whose income is too high to qualify them for the Medicaid Only Program.

Senior Citizen Emergency Program – The Division receives funding from the Hunterdon County Division of Senior Services to assist seniors with emergencies related to housing, medical care and transportation.

Temporary Emergency Medication Program (TEMP)– County funded program to provide temporary emergency medications for qualified individuals.

Work First NJ/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (WFNJ/TANF)
WFNJ/TANF temporary financial assistance is provided on a temporary basis to parent(s) with eligible child(ren) while the individual(s) seek economic self-sufficiency.

TANF is limited to a lifetime maximum of 60 cumulative months.  To assist families with the transition to employment, the following supportive services are available:

  • Child Care Services
  • 24 month Medicaid Extension
  • Payment of Certain Work Expenses
  • Supplemental Work Support Program
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Career Advancement Voucher Program
  • Federal/State Earned Income Tax Credits
  • Child Support Services
  • Early Employment Initiative (EEI)
  • Paycheck Plus
  • TANF Initiative For Parents (TIP)

SSH TANF– SSH TANF provides temporary financial assistance provided to families with at least one dependent child to prevent homelessness when other funding is not applicable.


Programs that you may qualify to receive assistance from:




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