Homelessness Prevention Program For Bloomfield Residents

BY  |  Friday, Feb 21, 2014 3:27pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Bloomfield Township buildingIn an effort to serve Bloomfield’s residents who have fallen behind in their rent, mortgage or utilities, due to circumstances beyond their control, the Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services office recently received a grant to provide assistance to residents.

“We just received more money, $58,850, for homelessness prevention,” says Paula Peikes, of the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services. “This money goes quickly. Please tell residents to call to see if they qualify.”

Each resident or family who receives help can receive a maximum of 4 months of assistance, which is subject to funding availability, and must be able to prove sustainability going forward. Prescreening will be done Monday through Friday by appointment only.

Please call the Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services for further assistance at at 973-680-4017.

Here’s an explanation of the rigid criteria that residents must meet to qualify for funding, totaling nearly $60,000:

SSH/TANF

• Must have a child[ren] under the age of 18 (19 if child is enrolled in full-time secondary education program)

• Must be a working family

• Family must be ineligible for public assistance programs (this does not include food stamps)

• Family must be able to prove sustainability

• Must be a legal alien/resident

• Family income must be less than or equal to 250% of the Federal Poverty Index

• All supporting documentation of proof of residency, employment, identification (all family members in the household), etc., must be attainable

• Falling behind on their housing costs/utilities was due to a situation beyond their control and there must be foreclosure/eviction/shutoff or documentation that it about to happen

SSH

• Single/Couples/Families without children

• Family must be ineligible for public assistance programs (this does not include food stamps)

• Family must be able to prove sustainability

• Must be a legal alien/resident

• There are no income limits for this fund

• All supporting documentation of proof of residency, employment, identification (all family members in the household), etc., must be attainable

• Falling behind on their housing costs/utilities was due to a situation beyond their control and there must be foreclosure/eviction/shutoff or documentation that it is about to happen.

Please call the Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services at 973-680-4017 for further assistance.

4 Comments

  1. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  February 22, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    It upsets me that in order to qualify for this you have to have stopped paying your bills. What about the people that are struggling and still paying their bills – doing without and still paying their bills- raiding their retirement and saving and still paying their bills.

  2. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  February 22, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Perhaps there are other programs available for people who are barely getting by like that? I’ll see if I can find out. This program is specifically for people who are already so behind they can’t hold it together anymore, I guess, so that the next step would be they would be out on the street.

  3. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  February 22, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    I found this government program to help homeowners make their mortgage payments. http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/programs/lower-payments/Pages/hamp.aspx?gclid=CM366OLE4LwCFcERMwodmHkADw

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