New Jersey's Housing and Utility Assistance Screening Tool
Finding help when you need it most isn't always easy. There are many state and federal services and programs that were created for the specific purpose of helping people...the trick is in finding the ones that will work for you. That can often feel confusing and overwhelming!
You can always start by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, day or night, any day of the year to be connected with a person who cares and knows about community resources. You can also search our database at the top of this page for local resources on your own; or text your zip code to 898-211 and we will respond by sending you information about resources in your community.
Another excellent resource in DCAid. This is an online screening tool that will help you identify which programs you are eligible for and will provide you with information on how to apply. DCAid can screen you for programs that provide eligible residents help with rental assistance, homelessness and eviction prevention, utility assistance, weatherization and lead remediation. It takes 1-2 minutes to be screened and you will be asked to provide some income information. Get screened.
Once you've answered these questions, you'll be taken to a page on the website that offers a customized list of programs and services designed to help people in your situation. From this page, you will learn where to go for help.
DCAid does not have the final say in whether you are eligible for the programs and services recommended. The suggested list is based entirely upon the answers that you have provided. Once you have reviewed the list and have decided to apply for benefits, you will still have to contact each program and provide documented household, income, and spending details.
On this site, you will also find a comprehensive pamphlet which you can download called Truth in Renting. This document offers a guide to the rights and responsibilities of residential tenants and landlords in our state. Another portion of the site offers a multitude of links to informative web pages that will help to educate you about New Jersey's assistance resources.
You can re-screen for services if your situation has changed. If you have applied for services before but were declined due to financial ineligibility or if you have recently exhausted your unemployment benefits, you may now be approved depending on your current circumstances.