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In 1979, the New Jersey Displaced Homemaker Act was signed into law.  A displaced homemaker is defined as a woman who has worked in the home for a number of years and through the death, disablement, or divorce of a spouse finds herself as the primary source of household income.  In many cases she may be underemployed and, therefore, unable to support herself and/or her children.  Through New Jersey's Displaced Homemaker (DH) programs, a participant may obtain or upgrade her skills for transition into the paid labor market.  In 2013, legislation was signed in New Jersey proclaiming the month of May “Displaced Homemakers Awareness Month” throughout the state.


New Jersey’s 15 DH programs provide participants with many personal, educational and career development services toward achieving their goal of economic self-sufficiency.  The DH program directors and coordinators draw on a wide range of contacts within their communities and counties to aid clients in finding the assistance they need.  With supportive counseling and training, a displaced homemaker is assisted in reaching her full potential through the following services: 

  • Computer literacy training
  • Education and career information
  • Financial management
  • Job counseling/training/placement assistance
  • Job development assistance with identification of community needs
  • Job readiness series
  • In-Demand career exploration
  • Legal information
  • Referrals and outreach within the community
  • Workshops on topics relevant to Displaced Homemakers


Click here to locate your nearest DOW Funded Displaced Homemaker Program