A MESSAGE FROM SENATOR SHIRLEY TURNER
“I wanted to provide you with a list of resources that may be helpful to you and your family. If you are out of work due to COVID-19 and worried about paying your bills, call your creditor or service provider to find out what accommodations can be made for you.”
JOBS – a listing of jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19 is available at the State of New Jersey’s new jobs portal.
EMPLOYERS – looking to hire? You can list job openings on the portal
NJ MENTAL HEALTH CARES HELPLINE – now available to help people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the COVID-19 outbreak. New Jersey residents can call 1-866-202-4357 for free, confidential support
FOOD ASSISTANCE – a listing of local food banks
GRAB N’ GO MEALS – Food bank pantries
MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION – Driver licenses, registrations, and inspection stickers expiring in March, April, and May will be granted a two-month extension.
HORIZON BCBSNJ MEMBERS – telephone and video visits with health professionals will now be covered to help make it easier to receive health care services and follow social distancing guidelines. Member out-of-pocket expenses will be waived for in-network health professionals.
COMCAST – Offering customer support in response to COVID-19.
VERIZON – Offering customer support in response to COVID-19.
EDUCATION – AUDIBLE is offering a collection of stories free to stream for kids of all ages.
STUDENT LOANS – Federal and State Assistance available
UTILITY SHUTOFFS – Public gas and electric companies and water utilities have waived shutoffs temporarily in response to the public health emergency. In my district, this includes PSE&G, JCP&L, NJ American Water and Trenton Water Works.
NOTE: This does not mean that you do not have to pay your bill. Your usage will continue to accumulate and shutoffs will eventually resume.
EXECUTIVE ORDER (EVICTIONS/FORECLOSURE) – Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 103 to temporarily suspend evictions and foreclosure proceedings
NOTE: This does not mean you do not have to pay your rent. You should try to keep up with your rental payments as best you can, especially if you are on Section 8 or receiving another subsidy because non-payment of your share of the rent could cause you to lose your Section 8 or subsidy.
The CARES ACT: What You Need To Know
Forgivable Small Business Loans: The bill gives much added to relief to businesses with 500 employees or less. The loans can be used for payroll costs, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, and interest on debt obligations incurred prior to the covered period.
Education Provisions: Congress has enacted numerous emergency measures to ensure that college and graduate students are not burdened with Federal student loan payments, accrual of interest on federal loans, or collection efforts for loan delinquencies during the COVID-19 emergency. Higher Education Institutions have also been granted the ability to provide emergency financial aid relief to eligible student loan borrowers.
Unemployment Benefits: One major portion of the law has extended unemployment benefits to many who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or are unable to work due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
Emergency Mortgage Relief: The CARES Act includes a provision allowing borrowers with federally backed mortgages to defer mortgage payments for up to 180 days.
Emergency Paid Family Sick & Medical Leave: If you are unable to work because you or a family member is affected by the coronavirus, you have been advised by a medical professional to self-quarantine or you are unable to secure childcare, you may be eligible for sick or medical leave benefits.