What is the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund?
The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund is a direct cash benefit to households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance -- including undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded.
When will the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund be available?
Applications for this program are now available. Applications will be processed in the order they are received and or until funds are no longer available. Not everyone who applies is guaranteed assistance.
Who is eligible?
Individuals who can demonstrate:
- Exclusion from both federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance
- COVID Impact
- Income that is at or below $55,000
- Residency, Identity and Age
What documents do I need?
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.
What are the income requirements?
Households with annual income at or below $55,000.
Example: If there are multiple employed people who support dependents, those incomes combined make your total household income. For example, if you make $16,000 and your spouse makes $14,000, then your total household income is $30,000.
Where can I apply for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund?
Where can I find help with the application process?
If you need assistance with applying, please contact a community-based partner for help.
Please note, you will not be asked to pay for application assistance, the application process is free to all.
How will people receive the financial relief?
Funds will be distributed to approved applicants until funds are exhausted. The approved applicants can select the method of payment, the options are as follows: direct deposit, a check in the mail or a prepaid card.
How much will an individual receive from the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund? How many people in the home can receive the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund?
Eligible households can receive up to $1,000 per eligible adult household member with a $2,000 maximum benefit per household.
Can a person who has already received cash assistance from the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund apply again?
No. The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund is a one-time only cash assistance program.
Will receiving this assistance make someone a public charge? If someone receives this Excluded New Jerseyans Fund assistance, will it affect their ability to get a green card (adjust status) or to become a U.S. citizen?
Assistance from this fund is considered one-time emergency relief assistance and should not be considered under the public charge rule.
Do I have to pay this money back? Will it affect my taxes?
No, all payments are made as grants and classified as emergency relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.