STEM Engagement & Empowerment Center

External Services for Students


Benefits Screening

NJ Helps site offers assistance in determining eligibility for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ Family Care/Medicaid). To access the screener, click the following link: https://www.njhelps.org/NJHelpsHomePage. If you need assistance in the application process, you may schedule an appointment with Cristaly L. Argenal, the STEM Care and Concern Outreach Coordinator.


Family Care and Assistance

The Child Care Assistance Program assists lower income families in affording child care services. Eligible parents/applicants must be either working, in training, in school, or a combination of these areas, must be a New Jersey resident, and meet the income requirement (Department of Human Services Division of Family Development, n.d.). For more information on eligibility, please visit the Child Care NJ site at  https://www.childcarenj.gov/Parents/SubsidyProgram

The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) assists older adults through a number of federal and state-funded programs related to health care costs and other living expenses. .Eligibility is determined through NJ Save, an online application for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. For information on the programs accessed through NJ Save and for the application, please visit https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/njsave/


Financial Support

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) assists low to moderate income workers and families to receive a tax break (IRS, n.d.). For information on eligibility, please visit the IRS website at 

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit-eitc


Food and Clothing Insecurity

The New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (NJ Snap) assists families with low incomes in purchasing groceries through a benefits card; the eligibility depends on the family’s source of income (Department of Human Services, n.d.). For more information regarding the program, please visit https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/

The Saint Peter’s and Saint Aedan’s Food and Clothes Pantry assists families, community members, and students with food, clothes, and toiletries. The pantry/closet, located out of the garage of Stewardship Hall in the parking lot of 41 Tuers Ave, offers their services on the first and third Saturday and the last Sunday of every month (Campus Ministry, n.d.). To schedule an appointment, please click on the following registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdm6_OqHrmSimau1n-qCIRoh9ZbjfaNNZOWbrFBPb0CFv4dwQ/viewform

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5 (U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA], n.d.). The grants offer assistance in receiving supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education (USDA, n.d.). For more information on the program as well as the application process, please visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic


Health Insurance

The New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program (Charity Care) is available to patients at all acute care hospitals throughout New Jersey; eligibility depends on income and asset criteria (New Jersey Department of Health, n.d.). For more information on charity care, please visit https://www.nj.gov/health/charitycare/

The New Jersey Health Insurance Exchange platform assists individuals in enrolling for health coverage. For the 2022 coverage, open enrollment ends on January 31st; however, individuals may be eligible to enroll outside of the open enrollment period. For more information, please visit https://www.nj.gov/getcoverednj/


Housing

The Homelessness Prevention Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 Program (Section 8), and the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) are programs that assist individuals in transitioning outside of temporary shelters and into permanent housing (New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, n.d.). For more information on the individual programs, please visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/ha.html


Internet/Wifi Connectivity

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone offers hotspots at no additional cost. For instructions on how to connect with a nearby hotspot, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi


Legal Assistance

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services provide advice and legal representations to individuals living in Bergen, Hudson, or Passaic County–assisting in noncriminal cases (Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, n.d.). Services are provided in any language in the following areas: housing, public benefits, family and relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault, consumer rights and debt collection, seniors, veterans, immigration, federal taxes, expungements, Ryan White Project (HIV/AIDS), Elder Justice, and disaster assistance (Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, n.d.). For more information on the application process for assistance, please visit https://www.northeastnjlegalservices.org/applyforhelp


Support Centers

The Center for Immigrant Representation is a nonprofit organization, representing clients in the following legal areas: citizenship, lawful permanent residence, removal defense, asylum, SIJS, U VISAS, VAWA, and other humanitarian relief, and document renewals (Center for Immigrant Representation, n.d.). For a more thorough depiction of their services, please visit their website at https://www.thecenterimmigration.org/

Hudson Pride Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization in Jersey City that serves as an advocate and social service provider for both the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in Hudson County (Hudson Pride, n.d.). For more information on Hudson Pride as well as the services they provide, please visit their website at www.hudsonpride.org

Hudson Speaks is a nonprofit sexual assault program that assists individuals of all genders within the ages of 13 and up with services that include a helpline (201.795.5757), 24-hour accompaniments to hospitals, courts, and law enforcements agencies, individual and group counseling, community education, and recruitments and training of confidential advocates (Hudson Speaks, n.d.). For more information about the organization, please view their pamphlet at https://www.northbergen.org/_Content/pdf/Hudson-SPEAKS.pdf

WomenRising is a community-based organization for women and families residing in Hudson County. The organization assists their clients through services in the following areas: work, domestic violence, youth and family, permanent supportive housing, health, and legal aid (WomenRising, n.d.). For more information, please visit their website at https://www.womenrising.org/


Transportation

In the NJ Transit Student Discount Portal, students can register for monthly transportation passes with a 25% discount off of the regular pricing. Students must be enrolled full-time at the university. For instruction on how to register and information regarding deadlines and contact, please visit https://www.saintpeters.edu/directions/nj-transit-student-discount-portal


Utilities

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers assistance in heating and cooling bills as well as provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance to low-income residents (New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, n.d.).  To apply, visit https://dcaid.dca.nj.gov/dcaid-services 

The Universal Service Fund assists individuals with affordable energy bills. To check for eligibility, apply using the LIHEAP Application. Recipients are awarded year round (New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, n.d.). For more information on the fund, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/usf.html

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists “elderly, handicapped and low income persons in weatherizing their homes, improving their heating system efficiency and conserving energy” (New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, n.d.). For information regarding the application process as well as the awarding period, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/wap.html