A displaced homemaker is someone who, after serving as an unpaid homemaker for many years, is forced to join the paid workforce due to the separation, divorce, disability, or death of a spouse or significant other 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.
The New Jersey Division on Women’s 17 displaced homemaker programs help these individuals obtain or upgrade skills for today's labor market so they may 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
Displaced homemaker programs in Cumberland, Ocean, and Union Counties offer short-term certificate education programs or short-term courses to help eligible displaced homemakers promptly enter the job market. These programs also provide transportation, child care, clothing, and food assistance.