- A comprehensive New Jersey social services helpline is at NJ211.org
- Womanspace — Domestic violence hotline 609-394-9000. Calls will be answered by an experienced and trained Womanspace staff member.
- Several major banks have agreed to a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments for those who are economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information.
- New Jersey has issued a moratorium on removals of individuals due to evictions or foreclosures. More information.
Utility fee waivers and payment extensions
- PSE&G is temporarily suspending shut-offs of electric or gas service to residential customers for non-payment, effective immediately. Customers should contact PSE&G by calling 1-800-357-2262 to enter into a deferred payment arrangement. For more information visit: https://nj.pseg.com/newsroom/newsrelease138
- For the next 60 days, Verizon will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. For more information, click here. https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-help-customers-and-small-businesses
- New Jersey American Water has placed a moratorium on service shut offs at this time and will restore service to previously shut off customers. More information
- Comcast/Xfinity will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if the customer contacts them to let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. More information.
- Comcast is offering 2 months of free internet to low-income customers. To sign up for this service, visit https://www.internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-846-8376 (For English speakers) and 1-855-765-6995 (Para español)
- Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For more information, click here
- Free COVID-19 testing and testing-related services for those enrolled in the following healthcare programs: the state’s individual, small and large group markets; the State Health Benefits and School Employee Health Benefits Plans; NJ FamilyCare; and the uninsured population eligible for Charity Care. The waiver includes: emergency room, urgent care,and office visits related to Coronavirus testing. More information
- Federal legislation (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) ensures free Coronavirus/COVID19 testing for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance.
- For Medicare patients, hospitalizations for COVID19 are a covered expense, subject to the usual Medicare regulations and expense guidelines.
- Federal legislation expands telemedicine services to Medicare patients so that some types of care can be provided by phone or video.
Service and retailer discounts
- U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and –operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. For more information visit: https://www.uhaul.com/Articles/About/20625/College-Students-U-Haul-Offers-30-Days-Free-Self-Storage-amid-Coronavirus-Outbreak/
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car is offering the College Student Travel Assistance in response to the closing of colleges and universities due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. It is reducing the minimum age and waiving young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020. For more information visit: https://www.enterprise.com/en/car-rental/deals/young-driver.html
Other payment and licensing extensions
- New Jersey has announced that the state tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15.
- New Jersey has extended the deadline for the transition to Real ID by one year, to Oct. 1, 2021.
- New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will give automatic two-month extensions to any residents who need to renew their driver’s licenses, vehicle registration or vehicle inspection by May 31. This is meant to reduce the number of individuals visiting the MVC. The motor vehicle commission encourages customers who are eligible to conduct online transactions, including license renewals, vehicle registrations and change of address, to do so by visiting https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/.
- State centralized resource matches temporarily unemployed with employers in need of additional workers to respond to COVID-19. Details here.
- A guide to applying for unemployment benefits from the state Division of Unemployment.
Key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
The House passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
- Information on Direct Payments to Individuals here.
- Information on Extended Unemployment Compensation here.
- Information for Small Businesses here.
- For information on SNAP and other anti-hunger programs click here.
- A list of regional food pantries and soup kitchens in the 12th District can be found here.