Ocean County Press Release
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE OCEAN COUNTY BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Please be advised that Building 7 of the Toms River Complex of the Board of Social Services will be closed effective 11:00 a.m. today, Friday, April 3, 2020 and is scheduled to re-open to staff Monday, April 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Agency business is still being conducted and county residents can contact the Agency using the methods listed below.
The Board of Social Services extended hours that usually occur on Tuesdays in Building 3 until 6:30 p.m. have been temporarily suspended due to COVID 19.
As of March 25, 2020, business hours for all Board of Social Services locations will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until further notice.
Ensuring you receive your benefits during this ongoing coronavirus concern is a top priority, so in an effort to make it easier for you to apply or receive your benefits, a number of temporary changes have been put in place regarding social services that are administered here at the Ocean County Board of Social Services.
During this public health crisis, we are asking county residents who want to apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program to do so online at NJHelps.org.
Although all Ocean County Board of Social Services buildings are temporarily closed to the public until further notice, agency business is still being conducted. We can do interviews and other business by phone, and can be contacted via mail, fax and email (please see below). You do not need to come into the office to apply for, renew or provide documentation for benefits.
Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients who are due for their case to be reviewed in March or April automatically will get a 60-day extension. You do not need to come into the office.
If you are a SNAP food assistance or a Work First New Jersey cash assistance client, you are not required to attend your work activity, unless you want to, and the program is operating. This includes people who are applying for Work First New Jersey General Assistance and are in a work activity for 28 days while their application is being reviewed. No penalty will be assessed to you if you do not attend your work activity.
Attention SNAP recipients: If your case is due to be recertified in March or April and you were unable to get your paperwork in or complete your interview, your case will not be closed. You will receive your benefits on the usual day. Your case will be recertified at some point in the future, once this public health crisis has settled. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits.
If you need to provide information or verification to the social service offices, please use the following fax numbers, mail and email addresses:
SNAP Food Assistance
Work First New Jersey program (TANF, GA)
New Jersey Family Care Medicaid
Aged, Blind Disabled Medicaid (ABD)
All other programs:
Ocean County Board of Social Services
1027 Hooper Avenue
P.O. Box 547
Toms River, NJ 08754-547
Or look for the drop box located in the vestibule at all agency locations.
225 4th Street
Lakewood, NJ 08701
333 Haywood Road
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
1027 Hooper Avenue
P.O. Box 547
Toms River, NJ 08754