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DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez shows Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) patrons the state’s social services website,, to promote the availability of DHS and other state safety net programs, including online applications for Food Stamps

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2009

For Information, Contact:
Suzanne Esterman, 609-292-3703

TRENTON — Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez today informed Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) patrons about the state’s social services website,, to promote the availability of DHS and other state safety net programs.
By accessing, New Jersey residents can begin the process of determining whether or not they are eligible for any of nearly 30 social services programs. This online screening tool allows residents to anonymously input basic information about their household situations and if they learn they are likely to be eligible, the web site provides specific information on how to apply.

“NJHelps is great example of state agencies working together to serve the residents of NJ,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine. “New Jersey is ahead of the technological curve in providing single site access and application opportunity to so many services.”

“Unfortunately, many people do not apply for services,” said Commissioner Velez. “Some may not know what programs are available and others may think they don’t qualify when in fact they do. provides one-stop access to the array of services that can make a real difference to individuals, their families and their communities during their greatest times of need – when they are hungry, unemployed or dealing with a personal crisis.”

Available programs include: food stamps, general assistance or GA, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families better known as TANF, Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare, child care assistance, kinship care, Low Income Home Energy Assistance also known as LIHEAP, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit (NJETIC), Workforce Investment Act Training Programs, Workforce Development Partnership Training, AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program, Community Resources for People with Disabilities Waiver, Senior Gold and Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) programs among others.

In addition, the website provides access to the simple online applications for Food Stamps and NJ FamilyCare.

As of last month, more than 135,574 online applications have been received via


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