Serving more than one million of New Jersey's most vulnerable citizens, DHS serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, disabilities or special needs; and parents needing children’s healthcare, child care or facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.
02/20/2014- TRENTON – The New Jersey Hope and Healing program, in which 200 counselors provided emotional support to 500,000 Superstorm Sandy survivors throughout the state, officially ended on February 14.
02/12/2014- Trenton, NJ – Continuing his commitment to assist Sandy victims in their recovery and rebuilding, Governor Christie today announced the Sandy Working Families Living Expenses Voucher Program has exceeded $11 million funding since its inception in late October 2013. The program provides up to $15,000 for mortgage, rent and utility payments over a period of six months to individuals and families with Sandy-related expenses and also covers costs for certain essential household items. Approximately 7,300 storm survivors have received assistance in the form of direct payments to billing agencies and vouchers for essential household items.
02/11/2014- SEASIDE HEIGHTS– Children living in sections of the state hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy have been learning skills to cope with the storm’s emotional aftermath as part of the Sandy Wave Riders Children’s Program, an outgrowth of the New Jersey Hope and Healing Initiative, which concludes its program on Friday.