Salem County Board of Social Services; New Jersey Salem County Board Social Services

*Committed to Serving Salem County Residents*

147 South Virginia Avenue, Penns Grove, NJ 08069 - Phone: 856-299-7200 - Hours: Weekdays 8:00-4:00

Phone: 856-299-7200

Work First NJ - WFNJ
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Temporary Assistance to Needy Families - TANF

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families is a time limited federal program designed to provide temporary cash payments to families with minor children who have little or no income. In New Jersey, Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) is the state program created to help such families. This program is state supervised, but administered through the county.

Under TANF/WFNJ a family may receive assistance for a lifetime total of sixty months. These months do not have to be consecutive and may be accumulated over many years. Also, any assistance received in any other state counts toward the lifetime limit. Disabled persons and those over 60 years of age are not included in this limit nor are children under age 18.

Eligibility for this program is contingent upon having minor children in the home. The youngest child must be under 18 years of age or over 18 if a full time high school student expected to graduate before the 19th birthday. Single and two parent families may be eligible. All applicants and clients, as a condition of eligibility must cooperate in establishing paternity and/or in seeking child support for TANF/WFNJ children. Persons who refuse to cooperate without good cause will be ineligible to receive any assistance.

In some cases eligibility may exist when neither parent is in the home and the child(ren) is being cared for by a blood related relative (referred to as a parent-person) who may choose whether or not to receive assistance along with the child. Persons who have legal custody of an unrelated child may also apply for assistance.

Most families eligible for TANF also receive Food Stamp and Medicaid benefits.

TANF and Food Stamp benefits are accessed through an Electronic Benefits (EBT) Card.

To screen for TANF, Food Stamps and
or Medicaid eligibility click here: NJHELPS



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Salem County Board of Social Services: SCBSS Committed to Serving Salem County Residents

New Jersey's
Salem County Board of Social Services
147 South Virginia Avenue, Penns Grove, NJ 08069
Phone: 856-299-7200 - Hours: Weekdays 8:00-4:00

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