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Displaced homemaker programs provide short-term educational or training grants to help individuals become economically self-sufficient.

Population Focus
A displaced homemaker is someone who, after serving as an unpaid homemaker for many years, is forced to join the paid workforce due to the separation, divorce, disability, or death of a spouse or significant other, and:

  • Is receiving public assistance because of dependent children in the home but is within one year of no longer being eligible for assistance, or
  • Is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment, or
  • Is at least 40 years of age, an age at which discrimination based on age is likely, and at which entry or reentry to or advancement in the labor market is difficult.

Services

  • Job counseling, training, and placement assistance
  • Job development services
  • Educational information and services
  • Short term certificate education training
  • Computer literacy training
  • Financial management services
  • Legal information and services
  • Life skills development
  • Referrals and community outreach
  • Workshops

Find your nearest displaced homemaker program 

Contact
For more information, email DOW@dcf.state.nj.us or call 609-888-7164.