SOCIAL SERVICES
Christine Dey, Director

The Social Services Office is available to anyone in the Readington Township community. Regular office hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Emergency services are available at all times.

We provide a variety of services to residents including assessment, information about programs and referral to community resources, including Readington Starfish. In addition, we offer help with applying to programs such as PAAD, Lifeline, Home Energy Assistance, Senior Tax freeze and many more. For information call the Social Services Office.

  • The Food Pantry will provide emergency food packages to families in need. Donations are accepted all year long. Readington Area Starfish holds food distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July.
  • Readington Starfish assists Township residents with emergency needs. Call to discuss your situation in confidence.
  • Need Transportation?
    Call the Hunterdon County LINK at 1-800-842-0531.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps low income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. This year, the application period is October 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019. To apply for LIHEAP, contact Readington Township Social Service Office at 908-534-0974 or visit www.energyassistance.nj.gov .

To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The chart below gives specific monthly gross income maximums for 2019. Persons who live in public housing and/or receive rental assistance are not eligible unless they pay for their own heating costs directly to the fuel supplier. The amount of the LIHEAP heating benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and heating region. The medically necessary cooling assistance benefit amount will be $200.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)


MAXIMUM MONTHLY GROSS INCOME ELIGIBILITY LEVELS - FFY 2019

Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $2,024
2 $2,744
3 $3,464
4 $4,184
5 $4,904
6 $5,624
7 $6,344
8 $7,064
9 $7,784
10 $8,162
11 $8,332
12 $8,502


Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $170 for each additional member.

Universal Service Fund (USF)

Is a program created by the State of New Jersey to help make natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households. If you are eligible, USF can lower the amount you pay for gas and electricity. To be eligible, a household gross income must be at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level, (please refer to income guidelines listed below), and pay more than 3% of its annual income for electric, or more than 3% for natural gas. If a household has electric heat, it must spend more than 6% of its annual income on electricity to be eligible.

To apply for USF, contact Readington Township Social Service Office at 908-534-0974 or visit www.energyassistance.nj.gov 


USF (Universal Service Fund)


MAXIMUM MONTHLY GROSS INCOME ELIGIBILITY LEVELS - FFY 2019

Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $1,771
2 $2,401
3 $3,031
4 $3,661
5 $4,291
6 $4,921
7 $5,551
8 $6,181
9 $6,811
10 $7,441
11 $8,071
12 $8,701


Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $630 for each additional member


READINGTON STARFISH HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

2018 Starfish Holiday Happenings-Volunteers needed!

Readington Area Starfish was started by a consortium of local churches and is a community-based volunteer organization that operates an emergency food pantry, assists local residents with emergency needs and provides holiday food to families in need.

Help is always needed to sort, bag and deliver holiday food. Bring a friend and join Readington Starfish at any of the times listed below. It is not necessary to sign up. All activities take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 523 and Pulaski Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Just have a small amount of time…volunteer to do a local delivery for someone who can’t pick up their food. Come to Our Lady of Lourdes at 5:30 on distribution night (November 20, 2018) and let us know you’d like to deliver.

If you have questions, contact Readington Township Social Services at 908 534-0974.

Thanksgiving Food Distribution Schedule

November 18  6 p.m. Set up Hall
November 19  9 a.m. Sort Food
November 20  9 a.m. Pack non-perishables
5 p.m. Pack perishables
6 p.m. Distribution

The HOLIDAY GIFT MATCH PROGRAM is underway!

The Holiday Gift match is a very special program run by the Readington Township Social Services Office. Community members can volunteer to adopt a local family, a child, a senior or an individual. You may do as much or as little as you wish. Past donors have been individuals, neighborhood groups, scout troops, work groups, clubs, churches and businesses. You may be surprised to see that many wishes are things that we take for granted…a warm coat, a grocery or gas card, a special article of clothing for a teen or a new toy for a child. YOU can help make wishes come true!! Call Christine Dey at (908) 534-0974 for details or to request a holiday match.

SHARE THE SPIRIT

Do you know anyone in the community who needs a holiday meal? Please contact Social Services at (908) 534-0974 and our office will contact the individual or family to discuss our programs!!

DONATIONS

Readington Starfish accepts food and monetary donations. Donations can be made through local churches, dropped off at the Municipal Building (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or mailed directly to Readington Area Starfish Treasurer, 42 School Rd., Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889.

 

Social Services
(908)534-0974
(908)534-0038
8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
509 Route 523
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

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CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: (908) 534-4051
Fax: (908) 534-5909
Address: 509 Route 523
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889