Youth and Family Services

Households in need of assistance can obtain help through the following four programs.

Food Assistance

Food assistance is available to qualifying households. Food cards are distributed based on family size. Cardholders may shop at any ShopRite.

Rent/Mortgage Assistance

Rent or mortgage assistance can be provided to a qualifying household once every two years.

Rental Assistance – For those seeking rental assistance, a copy of the lease agreement is required.  Other rules apply for tenants who are in court over tenant issues. We also assist first time Section 8 recipients.

Mortgage Assistance – The homeowner must provide a copy of the mortgage statement. If the house is already in foreclosure and the homeowner is not able to pay the difference between what’s owed and JRF assistance, then assistance cannot be provided. Also, if the homeowner will be unable to pay going forward, assistance will be denied.

Utilities Assistance

Utility assistance is available to qualifying households from May 1st through October 31st.

Note: During the months of November to May, JRF will not provide utility assistance. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs helps people with utility bill payment in those months.

Education Assistance

The JRF recognizes the high and rising income inequality in New Jersey (particularly Middlesex County) has been widely commented upon. Yet, the role that educational attainment plays in these disparities is also equally important. For this reason, the JRF is dedicated to assisting families become more self-sufficient by assisting them with funds to continue their education.


New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Housing and Community Resources

More Information

 To schedule an appointment or for additional information, call (732) 324-2180. Appointments can be scheduled Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of: Carteret, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, Woodbridge Township and Parlin (08859)
  • Must meet income guidelines
  •  Must show ongoing affordability
Family Size Annual Gross Income
1 $14,850
2 $20,025
3 $25,200
4 $30,375
5 35,550
6 $40,725
7 $45,912
8 $51,112
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