Recent Changes to EA for Individuals who are Homeless or at Risk of Being Homeless

Families with Disabled Members, Those who are Permanently Disabled, Seniors Among Possibly Eligible for Expanded Benefits

On December 20, 2018, Governor Murphy signed a new law (P.L.2018, c164) that expands the time limit for Emergency Assistance benefits for certain groups of people for five years. The Housing and Community Development Network (the Network) has developed talking points in a flyer explaining the changes to the program. 
 
The important message below is from the Network on recent changes to the state’s Emergency Assistance (EA) for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
 
Governor Murphy on December 20, 2018, signed a new law (P.L.2018, c164) that expands the time limit for Emergency Assistance benefits for certain groups of people for five years. The groups included are as follows:
 
• Parent or relative of a disabled child or other disabled dependent who is providing full time care for disabled dependent.
 
• Permanently Disabled (This includes persons on SSI benefits)
 
• Over 60 years of age
 
• Chronically Unemployable as defined by regulation
 
An individual who is presently homeless or at risk of homelessness AND has exhausted their EA time limits AND is part of at least one of the groups mentioned above may be eligible for additional EA benefits without time limits for the next five years. 
 
If you believe you are eligible and you are denied EA by the county or municipal welfare agency, you are entitled to request a Fair Hearing or contact a lawyer.