Financial Help

The Role We Play

The Office of Temporary Assistance provides temporary financial assistance to families and individuals facing a loss of income due to unemployment or inability to work due to illness or disability.  Financial assistance is time limited and requires the family/individual to pursue alternative income sources such as employment or disability benefits.

  • Child Support and Paternity (CSP)

    973-326-7800

    Promotes financial and medical security for all New Jersey children in need of support. For the general public, it helps to locate non-custodial parents and to review all existing child support orders. Together with Family Court, it provides for genetic testing in all contested paternity matters. For TANF and AFDC Medicaid applicants, cooperation with CSP is required as a first step for eligibility unless the applicant is a victim of domestic violence. CSP provides a full range of services including establishing paternity, locating absent parents, establishing support orders, making information available to consumer credit agencies regarding delinquent parents, and the imposition of liens against real and personal property. It also provides genetic testing, and complaint initiation in local and out-of-State courts. Collection and enforcement of established orders are referred to the appropriate County Probation Department.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • General Assistance (Welfare)

    973-326-7800

    A state funded cash assistance program for single individuals and childless couples. Like TANF recipients, individuals may also receive Food Stamps and limited medical services. The Office of Temporary Assistance handles GA from all Morris County municipalities.

  • Kinship Care Subsidy Program

    973-326-7800

    Provides monthly cash subsidies for children living with individuals who are kinship legal guardians raising a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship

    Caregivers may also receive help with child care costs and other services.

  • Medicaid

    The Office of Temporary Assistance administers both Community and Institutional Medicaid programs, providing benefits to financially and medically eligible families and individuals. 

  • Office of Temporary Assistance (government division)
  • Rental Assistance

    973-829-8176

    One Month Back Rent, First month’s Rent or Security Deposit may be provided to clients who present at the agency homeless or in danger of homelessness and with financial hardships. Assistance is based on future affordability and proof that there was a hardship within the home that prohibited the client from paying the rent. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs. Currently, OTA does not have funding to assist clients with ongoing rental assistance.

  • Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families (SAIF)

    For those who have reached the 5-year limit for cash assistance

    1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880

    For individuals who have reached the 5-year limit for cash assistance and do not qualify for an exemption, SAIF provides cash assistance and support services such as child care and transportation for up to 24 months.

    To qualify, individuals must:

    1. Cooperate with all WorkFirst NJ requirements
    2. Have experienced family/domestic violence
    3. Be medically incapable or deferred from participating in work-related activities for 12 months or longer
    4. Be deferred due to illness
    5. Be six (6) or more months pregnant
    6. Have lost job through no fault of your own, or due to problems with child care or transportation
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    973-326-7800

    Provides financial assistance to parents and/or relatives or legal guardians who meet the income guidelines caring for a child up to age 18, or age 19 if graduating high school by their 19th birthday, or age 21 if in a specialized education program. Many recipients are also eligible for Food Stamps and Medicaid.

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Utility Assistance

    973-829-8176

    Emergency Utility Assistance is available to clients who are in need of a one-time payment to their utility company and have received a shutoff notice. There is a maximum dollar amount that OTA can assist with, but the ultimate goal is to avoid shut off or restore service when possible. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
    • VITA Sites

      2017 Tax Year

      Boonton Senior Center
      126 North Main St.
      Boonton, NJ 07005
      Tel: 973-544-8293
      Open: TU, W 9:30AM-2:30PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Gujarati and Hindi is spoken, Hindi on Tuesday

      Chatham Library
      214 Main St.
      Chatham, NJ 07928
      Tel: 973-635-0603
      Open: Feb 1–Apr 12, W 10:00am-2:00pm
      Special instructions: By appointment

      Chatham Senior Community Center
      58 Meyersville Rd.
      Chatham, NJ 07928
      Tel: 973-635-4565
      Open: TH 9:30AM-2:00PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible

      Chester Library
      250 West Main St.
      Chester, NJ 07930
      Tel: 908-879-7612
      Open: TU 9:30AM-1:30PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu is spoken

      Denville Municipal Building
      1 St Mary’s Place
      Denville, NJ 07834
      Tel: 973-627-6555
      Open: W 10:00am-2:00pm
      Handicap Accessible; Vietnamese is spoken

      First Memorial Presbyterian Church
      51 W. Blackwell St.
      Dover, NJ 07801
      Tel: N/A
      Open: Feb 2-Apr 13, TU 11:30am-3:00pm; TH 11:30am-3:00pm; 6:30pm-9:00pm
      Special instructions: Walk-in

      Mount Olive Library
      202 Flanders Drakestown Rd.
      Flanders, NJ 07836
      Tel: 973-691-8686
      Open: Feb 2 – Apr 11; TH 11:00am – 3:30pm; SA (Feb 18, Mar 18 & Apr 15) 9:00am – 1:00pm (Last appointment 12 Noon)
      Special instructions: By Appointment

      Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Department
      103 Kiel Ave.
      Kinnelon, NJ 07405
      Tel: 973-838-1321
      Open: TH 10:00AM-2:00PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible

      Lake Hiawatha Library
      69 Nokomis Ave.
      Lake Hiawatha , NJ 07034
      Tel: 973-334-0952
      Open: Saturdays, Feb 11 – Apr 15; 10:00am – 4:00pm (Last appointment at 2:30pm)
      Special instructions: By Appointment

      Parsippany Community Center
      1130 Knoll Rd.
      Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
      Tel: 973-263-7351
      Open: TU 9:00am-2:00pm
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Gujarati and Hindi are spoken

      Madison Senior Center
      28 Walnut St.
      Madison, NJ 07940
      Tel: 973-593-3095
      Open: W 9:00AM-2:00PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Hindi, Punjabi, German, Mandarin, and Chinese are spoken

      Jefferson Senior Center
      54 Schoolhouse Rd.
      Milton, NJ 07438
      Tel: 973-208-8272
      Open: Feb 10 – Mar 31, F 10:00am – 2:00pm
      Special instructions: By Appointment

      Interfaith Food Pantry
      2 Executive Drive
      Morris Plains, NJ 07950
      Tel: 973-993-1160 ext. 521
      Open: Appointment Only (Make appointment)
      Special instructions: By Appointment

      Presbyterian Church
      57 East Park Place
      Morristown, NJ 07960
      Tel: 973-538-3451
      Open: Feb 2 – Apr 13, M 4:30pm – 8:30pm; TU, TH 9:30am – 1:30pm
      Special instructions: Appointment Preferred; Walk-in Allowed

      Morristown Senior Center
      200 South St.
      Morristown, NJ 07960
      Tel: 973-292-6690
      Open: M 9:30AM-1:30PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin Chinese, Chinese, and Tagalog are spoken

      Jefferson Township Library
      1031 Weldon Rd.
      Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
      Tel: 973-208-6244
      Open: W 9:30AM-1:30PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible

      Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library
      449 Halsey Rd.
      Parsippany, NJ 07054
      Tel: 973-887-5150
      Open: F 9:30AM-2:30PM; SA 9:30AM-1:30PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; German, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese spoken on Fridays; Vietnamese spoken on Saturdays

      Pequannock Municipal Bldg.
      Town Hall Court Room, 530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
      Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
      Tel: 973-897-0411
      Open: Feb 7 – Apr 4; TU 10:00am – 2:00pm
      Special instructions: By appointment

      Rockaway Township Senior Center
      19 Mt. Hope Rd.
      Rockaway, NJ 07866
      Tel: 973-366-5327
      Open: Feb 15 – Apr 12; W 10:00am – 2:00pm
      Special instructions: By appointment and walk-in

      Roxbury Public Library
      103 Main St.
      Succasunna, NJ 07876
      Tel: 973-584-2400
      Open: M, TH 10:00am-2:00pm
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and German spoken on Mondays; Tagalog, Hindi, German spoken on Thursdays

      Wharton Public Library
      15 South Main St.
      Wharton, NJ 07885
      Tel: 973-361-1333
      Open: M, TU 10:30AM-3:00PM
      Special instructions: Appointment Required
      Handicap accessible; Bengali and Hindi spoken on Mondays and Tuesdays

      Morris County Library
      30 East Hanover Ave.
      Whippany, NJ 07981
      Tel: 973-538-3451
      Open: Feb 4 – Apr 15; SA 9:00 am – 1:30pm; Mar 8 – Apr 12; W 9:00am – 1:30pm
      Special instructions: By appointment; Walk-ins if space available