Financial Stability

FINANCIAL SUCCESS CENTER

As part of the Meridian Community Resource Center at the Freehold Raceway Mall, the Financial Success Center provides free, comprehensive resources under one roof to help Monmouth and Ocean County residents move from financial difficulty to economic well-being. Services include job search and career planning, money management tools, financial coaching, tax return preparation, child care resources, home ownership counseling, application assistance for benefits and enrollment in health insurance programs.

2016 RESULTS

  • 337 people received one-on-one assistance (households represent 442 adults and 216 children).
  • $359,915 in tax refunds/credits.
  • $155,436 in annualized monthly benefits/subsidies.
  • 461 people attended educational workshops.

PARTNERS

Child Care Resources of Monmouth County
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Monmouth County Workforce Development Board
Navicore Solutions

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

Provides employment training and skill development to enhance community employment opportunities, financial stability and independence for people with disabilities.

2016 RESULTS

  • 163 people with disabilities participated in job skills development and employment training.

PARTNERS

The Arc of Monmouth
The Arc, Ocean County Chapter
LADACIN Network
New Jersey Institute for Disabilities

FOOD INSECURITY & HOUSING INSTABILITY

Assists households whose members are homeless, at-risk of homelessness and/or food insecure with services to meet their basic immediate needs, connections with community resources and supports to enhance self-sufficiency.

2016 RESULTS

  • 6,850 people received food.
  • 537 households received housing assistance.
  • 107 youth received emergency shelter.

PARTNERS

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
Family Promise of Southern Ocean County
Ocean Mental Health Services
Ocean’s Harbor House
St. Francis Community Center
Vetgroup/Vetwork

EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM (EFSP)

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties manages EFSP, which allocates federal funds to the community to help those in emergency situations.

2016 RESULTS

  • $595,561 was disbursed to 20 nonprofit agencies for utility assistance, food, emergency shelter and rent/mortgage assistance in 2015-2016.

FAMILYWIZE PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAVINGS PROGRAM

Distributing prescription discount cards to local pharmacies, agencies and individuals to assist those in need with their medication costs.

2016 RESULTS

  • $609,128 in savings redeemed by Monmouth and Ocean County residents.

GIFT OF WARMTH

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties acts as the fiscal agent for the New Jersey Natural Gas Gift of Warmth program, which helps income-eligible households, as well as customers experiencing temporary or unanticipated financial hardship, pay their natural gas bills.

2016 RESULTS

  • $251,124 was distributed to 922 households in Monmouth, Morris, Ocean and Middlesex counties for utility assistance.

PARTNERS

Affordable Housing Alliance
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs
New Jersey Natural Gas
Ocean, Inc.