COVID-19 Financial Resources
Lost Wages Assistance Program:
Important information for certifying for weekly benefits due to the coronavirus emergency:
COVID-19 scenarios and benefits available:
Worker Benefits, Protections and the Coronavirus:
- Department of Labor and Workforce Development | Worker Benefits, Protections and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What NJ Workers Should Know
What NJ Workers Should Know:
The Unemployment Call Center:
It might take a while to get through. Be persistent in calling.
- North Jersey: 201-601-4100
- Central Jersey: 732-761-2020
- South Jersey: 856-507-2340
New Start Career Center:
Provides older (45+) long-term NJ job searchers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching. Become a member to access these resources and tools.
Bergen County Job Center
Additional for New Jersey 1099, Self-Employed or Gig Employees:
- Unemployment benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, gig-economy workers; lawyer on the front line answers questions
Many individual are eligible for this one-time payment:
Teaneck Business Owners:
Small Business Association Disaster Loan :
Facebook Small Business Loans:
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has a portfolio of loan, financing, and technical assistance programs available to support small and medium-sized businesses. More information on existing products and programs can be found on the NJEDA website:
- United Way Community Economic Relief Fund-866-211-9966
- Hebrew Free Loan will lend up to $3,600-201-670-1916
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
New Jersey State Bar Foundation:
Chai Plus 1:
Project Ezrah COVID-19 Grant:
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs:
Mortgage forbearance and deferments are available to most homeowners. One should reach out directly to their lender to apply for these benefits. It is important to note that while a deferment may add three months to the end of your mortgage, a forbearance will very likely be expected to be repaid in full at the conclusion of the term. Experts are urging families to continue to try to pay as much as they can toward their mortgages. Governor Phil Murphy has not only forbidden landlords from evicting tenants at this time but has also enacted a law enabling landlords to use a tenant’s security deposit to pay toward their rental obligations.
Many student loans will also postpone repayment at this time. The office of Federal Student Aid recommends that you contact your loan servicer as soon as possible, if you’re struggling to make payments.
The IRS will suspend all repayment plan agreements through July 15, 2020, if you have been affected by the virus.
Any credit card balance that receives forbearance is likely to be frozen and future use will be suspended. Please plan accordingly, if you plan on requesting grace from your bank.
Even if your credit card issuer has not formally released a statement of support, if you are at risk of missing a payment it is worthwhile to contact the company to discuss your options.
The FDIC advises on its website: “Your creditors will likely work with you on a solution, but it’s important to contact them as soon as possible and explain your situation.” PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INQUIRE AS TO ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT THAT THIS MAY HAVE. Anyone can now receive a weekly credit report from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion until April 2021 at annualcreditreport.com. The reason to be monitoring your credit report is to make sure none of the creditors report late or non-payment when in fact the creditor offered forbearance or deferment.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are currently waiving late fees. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INQUIRE AS TO ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT THAT THIS MAY HAVE.
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Mint Mobile are offering unlimited data for users.
Most car leasing companies will give you a 3 month deferment to the end of your lease. Most auto-insurers are automatically refunding customers up to 25% of their monthly premiums for the next few months as well. Contact your insurer to take advantage of this, if you don’t see that refund.