During the Health Emergency, the Agency will not be open to the public. If you come to our office to apply, you can complete a paper application and drop it in the mailbox provided at the front of the building.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax benefit for low to moderate working individuals and families. All those eligible to receive a Federal EITC benefit are also eligible to participate in the NJ State EITC program. The amount of the EITC benefit depends on an individual’s or family’s income and the number of children in the family. You must file your Federal and State Income Taxes to enroll in this program.
More information about the EITC programs can be obtained by calling 1-800-829-1040 for the Federal Program and 1-800-323-4400 for the State Program as well as online at www.njeitc.org
If you need help filing your taxes, you can dial “211” for a list of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Centers or refer to the list online at https://www.nj211.org/nj-free-tax-assistance-locations
Please Note: Funds received under the EITC programs will not affect your eligibility for the TANF/GA/SNAP/Medicaid programs
Many NJ residents are missing out on food aid that can help them feed themselves and their families. To make sure this aid reaches all those in need, Hunger Free New Jersey is asking people to take a very quick online survey about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP, also known as food stamps).
Muchos residentes de Nueva Jersey se están perdiendo la ayuda alimentaria que les puede ayudar a alimentarse a sí mismos y a sus familias. Para asegurarse de que esta ayuda llegue a todos los que la necesitan, Hunger Free New Jersey está pidiendo a las personas que respondan una encuesta en línea muy rápida sobre el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP, también conocido como cupones de alimentos).
FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit: www.ChildCareNJ.gov
PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN Visite: www.ChildCareNJ.gov
Pandemic EBT Benefits (P-EBT)
P-EBT benefits are Food Assistance benefits issued to the parents of children enrolled in the Federal Free/Reduced School Lunch program. Active SNAP recipients receive these benefits on their current EBT card. Those not enrolled in SNAP receive a P-EBT benefit card in the mail. More information about this program can be found here, https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/pebt.shtml.
If you have lost your P-EBT card and need it replaced, you may contact us at 201-368-4200 to request a replacement card.
Attention Snap Recipients
If your case is due to be re-certified 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 re-certified at some point in the future, once this public health crisis has settled. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits.
Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments (EIP)
IRS website offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by COVID-19.
PLEASE STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS!
BCBSS remains committed to serving the residents of Bergen County. Please remember to stay home when sick. Go to your healthcare provider for medical care. Please review the following for more information:
Further information can be found at www.cdc.gov/COVID19
A MESSAGE FROM THE NEW JERSEY DEPT. of HUMAN SERVICES
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 BERGEN COUNTY BOARD of SOCIAL SERVICES.
We are encouraging 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. During this public health crisis, we can do interviews by phone, so you do not need to come into the office to apply for benefits.
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.
When you need to bring paperwork to the office, you can fax, mail or look for the drop box located at the front of the building near the customer entrance.
You may complete an application on-line for most programs by clicking on the appropriate link below:
To Apply In-Person
PLEASE NOTE: during the Health Emergency the Agency will not be open to the public. If you come to our office to apply, you can complete a paper application and drop it in the mailbox provided at the front of the building.
To Report Changes
How to contact us to report changes: Report-Changes.pdf
To Apply at Outreach
The Bergen County Board of Social Services is altering its Outreach Schedule in response to the current Health Emergency. We remain committed to assisting individuals with access to applications for our programs and will be returning to our Outreach Sites when the threat has passed. If you wish to apply for our assistance programs, please follow the links above, or if you wish to have a paper application sent to you , please call 201-368-4200.