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A displaced homemaker is an individual who has not worked in the labor force for a substantial number of years but has during those years, worked in the home providing unpaid services for family members and has been dependent upon the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income and:

  • a. Is receiving public assistance because of dependent children in the home but is within one year of no longer being eligible for assistance; or
  • b. Is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment; or
  • c. Is at least 40 years of age, an age at which discrimination based on age is likely, and at which entry or reentry to or advancement in the labor market is difficult.

Displaced homemakers may need to return to the workforce due to divorce, separation, death, or disability of a spouse or partner.

DOW's 18 displaced homemaker programs help these individuals obtain or upgrade skills for today's labor market and eventually become financially self-sufficient.  Services include:

  • Job counseling, training, and placement assistance
  • Job development services
  • Educational information and services
  • Computer literacy training
  • Financial management services
  • Legal information and services
  • Life skills development
  • Referrals and community outreach
  • Workshops

Displaced homemaker programs in Superstorm Sandy impacted counties - Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union - offer short term certificate education programs or short term course to eligible displaced homemakers so they can promptly enter or re-enter the job market.

Find your nearest displaced homemaker program