Assistance for the Poor

NJHelps is a free and easy guide for you to determine the programs and assistance that you and your family may be eligible to use. NJHelps will tell you where to go for help and what to bring with you, after you have answered a few basic questions. NJHelps can also provide you with contact information and links to valuable resources available throughout the state.

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Paterson Resources

Financial Assistance

WorkFirst NJ (NJ's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-TANF)

Financial Assistance for Child Care

Low- and moderate-income working parents can receive state subsidies for child care, including preschool instruction, after-school programs for children up to age 13, and care for children and teens with special needs.

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Help with Receiving Child Support

For information about receiving child support

New Jersey Food Stamps

Support for Working Families (Post-TANF Support Services).

To help Post-TANF persons keep on their feet New Jersey provides a number programs including financial supplemental work support, transportation vouchers, education vouchers, and child care.

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Home Energy Assistance Program

Provides very low-income families with home energy assistance.

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Housing Assistance

Section 8 Vouchers, Rental Assistance, and Emergency Housing

Catholic Charities — Emergency Assistance Program

24 DeGrasse St.
973-279-7100 X. 20

  • Case management, networking, advocacy
  • Donation distribution
  • Information and referral
  • Rental, utility, clothing assistance, food pantry
  • Housing counseling, emergency sheltering
  • Parish Outreach

Center for Food Action — Taking Action Against Hunger and Homelessness

Provides rental, food, and utilities emergency assistance.
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Eva's Village

393 Main St.
Paterson, NJ 07501
Tel: 973-523-6220 Fax: 973-684-2304

Emergency Overnight Shelter for Men and Women

At the shelter people receive food, clothing, and mental health, substance abuse, and physical assessments to help them find programs that can help them get back on their feet.
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Passaic County Housing Authority

401 Grand St.

  • Section 8 vouchers (rental assistance vouchers)

Paterson Housing Authority

70 Van Houten St.

  • Section 8 vouchers (rental assistance vouchers) and
  • Public Housing

Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income families with their heating and cool bills.
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Affordable Housing Listings

U.S. Department of Housing

For a listing of affordable housing in New Jersey

New Jersey HOUSING Resource Center

For a listing of affordable housing in New Jersey


Medical Care

Eva's Village

393 Main St.
Paterson, NJ 07501
Tel: 973-523-6220 Fax: 973-684-2304 Eva's Primary Care Clinic provides free medical and dental care

NJ Family Healthcare

Creech Community Development Center

221 Hamilton Ave.
Paterson, NJ
Health screening: in partnership with the City of Paterson's Department of Health, the Creech Community Development Center will conduct health screening quarterly. Services include: blood pressure, HIV, diabetes, and cholesterol testing.


Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers, dependent children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. These programs pay for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care, and other healthcare needs, depending on what program a person is eligible for.

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