Apply for Cash Assistance

Experiencing financial hardship?

New Jersey’s Cash Assistance programs provide financial help to families with minor children, as well as single adults and childless couples who are in financial need. The TANF Temporary Assistance program helps families with dependent children, and the GA Assistance program helps single adults and childless couples. 

Note: you'll be asked to apply for Child Support/Paternity, Unemployment Insurance, and any other income stream you might be eligible for. We will guide you through this process. 

Eligibility

  • Applicant /recipient must be New Jersey Resident and apply in the county he/she / they reside
  • The income must be under the income limit.
  • Adults must be a Legal Permanent Resident for no less than 5 years – this requirement does not apply in certain cases.
  • Resources such as savings, checking accounts, bonds and immediate disposable assets must be below $2000.
  • Applicant/recipient must apply for and accept other benefits (Unemployment Compensation, Workman’s Compensation, Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), Child Support, etc) for which she/he/they may be eligible.

Documents You'll Need to Apply for Cash Assistance

This is a list of documents you will need to apply for cash assistance. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.) You need to bring original documents with you. We will make copies.

You must prove your identity to the worker and provide one of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License
  • Old SNAP ID
  • School Photo ID
  • Work Photo ID
  • Voter Registration Card

You must have the Social Security Number for all household members.

You must prove where you live, unless you are homeless, with one of the following:

  • Current rent receipt showing landlord’s name & phone number, your mailing address, and amount of rent
  • Current rental assistance agreement Current mortgage statement and/or tax bill
  • Current mortgage statement and/or tax bill
  • Utility bill

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you need a current I-94 or current I-551 (green card).

Resources: Only if you are an Elderly/Disabled household with Income over 185% or if household has an IPV (Intentional Program Violation) or if the head of household is work sanctioned. 

  • Bank Account (savings/checking)
  • Savings bonds
  • Money in a credit union
  • Christmas Club
  • IRA, Keogh or other investments
  • Property deed
  • Life/ medical insurance
  • Real estate (other than your home)
  • Burial plots/pre-paid funeral arrangements

Income: You must show how much, how often you receive it, and where it comes from, with any of the following that apply to you:

  • Your last 4 pay stubs, showing gross wages and deductions. If you are self- employed, last year’s tax records, with signatures.
  • Copy of pension check
  • Copy of interest statement from bank
  • Letter from employer giving amount of private disability
  • Child Support - copy of court order or letter from absent parent/copy of check stub
  • Signed/dated letter from provider of any money you receive on a regular basis
  • Property deed
  • Workers’ Compensation

Online

Step 1.Check your eligibility

Check your eligibility by selecting Eligibility above.

Step 2.Get your documents ready

Check the list above, Documents You'll Need to Apply for Cash Assistance, to see what documents you'll need for your application. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.)

Step 3.Apply Online

Go to application portal

Click "apply" on the Services box, then fill in and submit the application.

Step 4.We'll Call You

Once we receive your application, we'll give you a phone call to schedule an interview. 

Step 5.Complete Interview

During COVID-19, we will interview you over the phone. Normally, this is done in person.

Once you complete the interview, we'll review your application. We'll notify you of your eligibility within 30 days (from the date of your application).

In Person

Note: during COVID-19, we aren't doing in-person interviews. Call our office at 973-326-7800. 

Step 1.Check your eligibility

Check your eligibility by selecting Eligibility above.

Step 2.Get your documents ready

Check the list above, Documents You'll Need to Apply for Cash Assistance, to see what documents you'll need for your application. (Some of them may not apply to you or your family.)

You must bring original documents with you, not copies.

Step 3.Visit our office

Visit our office on Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm:

340 W. Hanover Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Ask a staff member about applying for Cash Assistance.

Step 4.Review

We'll review your application. We'll notify you of your eligibility within 30 days (from the date of your application).

Client Information Release Form

If you want us to be able to speak with a family member, friend, or agency on your behalf, you need to fill out the Client Information Release form.

Fill out the form online:

Fill it out on paper and mail it to us:

Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • Receive a WFNJ application by mail or in person on the day you request to file an application.
  • Not be interviewed before filing an application. You need only to complete the applicant’s name and address and sign the application.
  • Request a home visit .
  • Receive WFNJ benefits within thirty days from your application date if you are eligible and we have received the necessary information.

     

Your Responsibilities

The applicant/household must:

  • Complete and sign the application, be interviewed and cooperate in the verification of information
  • Provide the agency with proof to support its income statements and cooperate in resolving any unconfirmed information
  • Comply with Department of Labor
  • Comply with Social Service Department
  • Comply with Child Support Department
  • Cooperate in all reviews of its eligibility for benefits
  • Report changes in household circumstances, including but not limited to:
    • changes of address
    • changes in household size or composition
    • changes in income
    • increases in resources