REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Applicants will need to demonstrate and present documentation to show that they were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance, impacted by COVID-19, have a household income that is at or below $55,000, as well as proof of identity and that they reside in New Jersey.

We recommend that you submit your required documentation with your application. If you’ve already submitted your application, but did not submit any documents, please click here to upload them.

Please keep in mind that for each category you are only required to submit only ONE (1) of the documents from each list.

Applicants can demonstrate that they were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and the COVID related unemployment assistance with any of the following ways:

  • Bank statements for the months of April & May of 2020, December 2020 & January 2021, and April 2021 & May 2021, or
  • Complete 2020 Tax Returns demonstrating that applicant did not receive any federal stimulus for adults in the household.

Applicants who do not have any of these documents should still apply for the Fund. As part of the application, all applicants will be required to submit a signed attestation of exclusion from federal and unemployment pandemic assistance.

This program is paid with federal funds and it is unlawful to provide any false or misleading information to receive these benefits.

Applicants will also have to demonstrate that they have been impacted by COVID-19 by providing ONE (1) of the items listed below.

  • Tax returns demonstrating a reduced income/wages as a result of employment loss or hours reduction since March 2020, or
  • W2 demonstrating a reduced income/wages as a result of employment loss or hours reduction since March 2020, or
  • Paystubs demonstrating a reduced income/wages as a result of employment loss or hours reduction since March 2020, or
  • Notice from employer (Optional template available) stating a loss of wages, hours, or employment, or
  • Bank statements with a total balance demonstrating a reduced income/wages as a result of employment loss or hours reduction since March 2020, or
  • Proof of rental or utilities arrears since March 2020, or
  • Unpaid COVID related medical bills for doctor’s visits, or
  • Unpaid COVID hospitalization, or
  • Unpaid COVID medication for oneself or a family member, or
  • Letter from Landlord that confirms hardship (Optional template available), or
  • Funeral expenses related to a household member due to COVID, or
  • Death certificate of household member due to COVID, or
  • COVID related medical documentation (Positive COVID test or hospitalization documentation), or
  • COVID illness or death of a household member, or
  • Home quarantining notice from work or employment, or
  • Notice from child’s school informing of transition to remote learning.

There may be other ways to demonstrate COVID impact. Applicants who do not have any of these documents, but who have been impacted by COVID should still apply for the Fund.

Applicants will also have to demonstrate that their household income is at or below $55,000 by providing ONE(1) of the items listed below.

  •  Joint or individual tax return showing household income at or below $55,000, or
  • Paystubs (Last 2 most recent months, showing annual income at or below $55,000), or
  • Letter from Employer (Optional template available), or
  • Award Letter from a Social Service Agency (example - Social Security or Veteran Affairs), or
  • Deposit record or bank transaction sheets with total balance for the last 2 most recent months, showing annual income of less than $55,000).

There may be other ways to demonstrate your annual household income. Applicants who do not have any of these documents, but have an annual household income of $55,000 or less should still apply for the Fund.

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Applicants must present one document from List A or a combination of one (1) selection from list B and one (1) selection from List C to prove Identity and Residency. All applicants must be 18 yrs. of age and reside in the State of New Jersey.

List A
Documents that Establish
Both Identity and Residency
Provide one from list

OR

List B
Documents that Establish
Identity
Provide one from list

+
AND

List C
Documents that Establish
Residency
Provide one from list

  • New Jersey or Municipal ID card with full name and address

  • New Jersey Driver’s License with full name and address

  • Student identification card from a school located in New Jersey

  • Utility bill, cell phone bill, or internet bill showing your name and address

  • Bank statement or insurance statement showing your name and New Jersey address

  • 2019/2020 Tax Return showing name and New Jersey address

  • Paystub from employer showing your name and New Jersey address

  • Rent receipt, lease, mortgage statement, or property tax statement showing your name and address

  • Letter from social service agency, health care provider, or government agency showing name and New Jersey address from the past 12 months

 

 


  • Student identification card from any school

  • Passport from any country

  • Consulate identification card

  • Birth certificate from any country

  • A child’s U.S. birth certificates listing the applicant as a parent

  • Work issued identification

  • International driver’s license

  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) issuance letter from the IRS or ITIN card

  • Department of Corrections ID

  • Marriage certificate or divorce record from any country

  • High school or college transcript from any country

  • U.S. court documents where the applicant is named as a party

  • U.S. Union ID

  • U.S professional license

 

Signed and dated letter stating the full name and phone number of the person writing the letter from the following entities (Optional template available):

  • Landlord acknowledging New Jersey residency

  • Representative from your place of worship

  • Medical provider, service provider, or shelter

If you need this list for your reference, click here.