Financial Help

The Role We Play

The Office of Temporary Assistance provides temporary financial assistance to families and individuals facing a loss of income due to unemployment or inability to work due to illness or disability.  Financial assistance is time limited and requires the family/individual to pursue alternative income sources such as employment or disability benefits.

  • Child Support and Paternity (CSP)

    973-326-7800

    Promotes financial and medical security for all New Jersey children in need of support. For the general public, it helps to locate non-custodial parents and to review all existing child support orders. Together with Family Court, it provides for genetic testing in all contested paternity matters. For TANF and AFDC Medicaid applicants, cooperation with CSP is required as a first step for eligibility unless the applicant is a victim of domestic violence. CSP provides a full range of services including establishing paternity, locating absent parents, establishing support orders, making information available to consumer credit agencies regarding delinquent parents, and the imposition of liens against real and personal property. It also provides genetic testing, and complaint initiation in local and out-of-State courts. Collection and enforcement of established orders are referred to the appropriate County Probation Department.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • General Assistance (Welfare)

    973-326-7800

    A state funded cash assistance program for single individuals and childless couples. Like TANF recipients, individuals may also receive Food Stamps and limited medical services. The Office of Temporary Assistance handles GA from all Morris County municipalities.

  • Kinship Care Subsidy Program

    973-326-7800

    Provides monthly cash subsidies for children living with individuals who are kinship legal guardians raising a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship

    Caregivers may also receive help with child care costs and other services.

  • Medicaid

    The Office of Temporary Assistance administers both Community and Institutional Medicaid programs, providing benefits to financially and medically eligible families and individuals. 

  • Office of Temporary Assistance (government division)
  • Rental Assistance

    973-829-8176

    One Month Back Rent, First month’s Rent or Security Deposit may be provided to clients who present at the agency homeless or in danger of homelessness and with financial hardships. Assistance is based on future affordability and proof that there was a hardship within the home that prohibited the client from paying the rent. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs. Currently, OTA does not have funding to assist clients with ongoing rental assistance.

  • Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families (SAIF)

    For those who have reached the 5-year limit for cash assistance

    1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880

    For individuals who have reached the 5-year limit for cash assistance and do not qualify for an exemption, SAIF provides cash assistance and support services such as child care and transportation for up to 24 months.

    To qualify, individuals must:

    1. Cooperate with all WorkFirst NJ requirements
    2. Have experienced family/domestic violence
    3. Be medically incapable or deferred from participating in work-related activities for 12 months or longer
    4. Be deferred due to illness
    5. Be six (6) or more months pregnant
    6. Have lost job through no fault of your own, or due to problems with child care or transportation
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    973-326-7800

    Provides financial assistance to parents and/or relatives or legal guardians who meet the income guidelines caring for a child up to age 18, or age 19 if graduating high school by their 19th birthday, or age 21 if in a specialized education program. Many recipients are also eligible for Food Stamps and Medicaid.

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Utility Assistance

    973-829-8176

    Emergency Utility Assistance is available to clients who are in need of a one-time payment to their utility company and have received a shutoff notice. There is a maximum dollar amount that OTA can assist with, but the ultimate goal is to avoid shut off or restore service when possible. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
    • VITA Sites

      2015 Tax Year

      Location Times Phone Number
      BOONTON SENIOR CENTER *
      126 N MAIN ST
      TU, W 10:00AM-3:00PM
      Appointment Required
      Hindi; Russian speaking assistants available on W
      (973) 544-8293
      CHATHAM SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER *
      58 MEYERSVILLE RD
      Thurs, 9:30am-2:00pm
      By appointment only
      (973) 635-4565
      CHATHAM Library *
      214 Main Street
      Wednesdays
      February 4 – April 15
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
      By appointment
      (973) 635-0603
      CHESTER LIBRARY *
      250 W MAIN ST
      TU 9:30AM-2:30PM
      APPOINTMENTS ONLY
      Hindi, Punjabi, Polish spoken
      (908) 879-7612
      DENVILLE MUNICIPAL BUILDING *
      1 ST MARY'S PL
      W 10:00-3:00
      Appointment Required
      (973) 627-6555
      Dover
      First Memorial Presbyterian
      Church *
      51 W. Blackwell Street
      Open Feb. 3-Apr. 14
      TU 11:30am-3:00pm
      TH 11:30am-3:00pm; 6:30pm-9:00pm
      Walk-in
      Flanders, Mount Olive Library *
      202 Flanders Drakestown Rd

      Open Feb. 12-Apr.9
      TH 11:00am-3:30pm (Last appointment 2:00)
      Sa Feb. 21, Mar. 14 & April 4; 10am-1pm
      (Last Appointment 12 noon)
      By Appointment
      (973) 691-8686
      KINNELON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT *
      103 KIEL AVE
      Thu 10:00AM-2:00PM
      Russian and Hindi spoken
      (973) 838-1321
      KINNELON PUBLIC LIBRARY *
      132 KINNELON RD
      Fri, 10:00AM-2:00PM
      By appointment
      Hindi and Russian spoken
      (973) 838-1321
      Lake Hiawatha Library *
      69 Nokomis Avenue
      SA Feb.7, 21, March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11
      10am – 2:30pm
      By appointment (Last appointment 2:30pm)
      (973) 335-0952
      Lake Hiawatha
      Parsippany Community Center *
      1130 Knoll Rd.
      Tuesday 9:00 to 2:00
      By appointment
      Italian spoken
      973-263-7351
      MADISON SENIOR CITIZEN
      CENTER *
      28 WALNUT ST
      W 9:00AM-3:00PM
      By appointment
      Chinese, German, Hindi spoken
      (973) 593-3095
      Milton, Jefferson Senior Center *
      54 Schoolhouse Road
      Feb 20, March 6, 13, 27; April 10
      10am – 2pm
      By Appointment
      (973) 208-1001
      Morristown, Presbyterian Church *
      57 East Park Place
      Feb 2 – April 14
      M: 4 pm – 8:30 pm; TU & TH 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
      Appointment Preferred
      Walk-in Allowed
      (973) 538-3451
      MORRISTOWN SENIOR CENTER *
      200 SOUTH ST
      M 9:30AM-2:00PM
      By appointment
      Chinese, Hindi and Panjabi spoken
      (973) 292-6690
      Oak Ridge
      Jefferson Township Library *
      1031 Weldon Rd
      W 9:30 to 2:30
      By appointment
      973-208-6244
      PARSIPPANY
      PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY *
      449 HALSEY RD
      F 9:30AM-3:30PM; SA 9:30AM-2:00PM
      Appointment Required
      Chinese; German spoken assistants available on F
      (973) 887-5150 ext. 209
      POMPTON PLAINS
      Pequannock Municipal Bldg. *
      Town Hall Court Room
      530 Newark-Pompton Tpke
      Open Feb. 17-April 7
      TU 11:00am-2:00pm
      By appointment
      (973) 897-0411
      Rockaway Township Senior Center *
      19 Mt. Hope Road
      Open Feb. 18-April 15
      W 10:00am-2:00pm
      By appointment and walk-in
      (973) 366-5327
      SUCCASUNNA
      ROXBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY *
      103 MAIN ST
      M, TH10:00AM-3:00PM
      By appointment
      Tagalog; Spanish & Polish spoken assistants available on TH
      (973) 584-2400
      WHARTON PUBLIC LIBRARY *
      15 S MAIN ST
      M, TU, 10:30AM-3:00PM
      By appointment
      Arabic; Spanish spoken assistants available on TU
      (973) 361-1333
      Whippany, Morris County Library *
      30 East Hanover Avenue
      SA Feb. 7-Apr. 11 9:00am-1:30pm
      W Mar. 4; M Apr. 13 9:00am-1:30pm
      By appointment; Walk-ins if space available
      (973) 538-3451