Posted Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance reminds individuals who may be interested in applying for benefits that they may do so online at and avoid a trip to the office.

According to Mary Jo Buchanan, director of the Morris County Department of Human Services, the difficult economic climate has produced dramatic increases in people coming to the OTA offices to apply for such programs as General Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

“These days, because of the volume of individuals applying for benefits, the lines in our Customer Service Area can be long,” Buchanan said. “While we certainly will personally sit down and help anyone who comes in to our offices, we just want people to know that applying online, if they have computer access, works in the same way as the in-person application.”

Buchanan said once on the website, which she called “very user friendly,” the applicant should scroll down to the icon labeled “on-line applications,” follow the directions and answer the questions.

Once an online application is evaluated, the individual may be scheduled for a face-to-face or telephone interview, Buchanan said.

The online application is available at anytime of the day or night, seven days a week, and is also ideal for those who have transportation, scheduling or medical issues.

Anyone with questions about the services offered by the Office of Temporary Assistance may call the office at 973-326-7800 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.