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I was just filing out forms to apply for food stamps and they ask if anyone in the house has been convicted of a drug charge and since he still lives here until he goes in octber, are they gonna give me help now? Has anyone been through this and knows how it goes i'd appreicate any help or advice you could give thanks
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is his name on the deed/lease? if its not...they have no way of knowing WHO lives there. they dont come and check up on you or anything like that.
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Yea but u need to be careful because if she gets caught she loses them and then when he is gone she wont have them to take care of the family. When she is gone she needs all the help she can get believe me I wish I could get more help but they say i make 200 to much wow 400 a week thats a lot of money for single mom
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Yeah is name is on the mortage and all his court papers and license are here. It sucks cause we dont even really talk or get along anymore, but why separate at this point, ya know. I think i might still be able to get health ins through the state but like you said i dont want to f... it up and then not get anything or not be able to reapply right away. They make it so difficult, i could see not giving him anything, but why not me and my kids. Now im gonna have to rely on family and all, im so imbarassed that i cant stand on my own two feet. I definitly dont make enough, i only work one night a week.
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If you cant get food stamps, at least for now go to the county you live in and ask them for a list of food pantries and churches that give away food. If you call 211 you can get this info from them. They are a crisis hotline but they will assist you in this manner too. Please try Catholic Charities. They help people out alot. They helped me when I was homeless to get back on my feet and now I have my own apt and section8 housing assistance. I wish I knew more organizations for you. I will try and find out more for you.
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I know what you mean I am in the same boat always asking family for help when I use to be the one helping them it sucks. But yea like dijonjake said they have a lot of churches and places that will help you look into that. What town do you live in maybe I know of some that could help. I make to much for food stamps because they go by gross which is really dumb because that is not what you are bring home to your family 200 a month to much per them
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YAY Firefly! I'm glad you moved this so others will be able to help you! I don't live in NJ so I wasn't sure how their rules are about those things. BUt I see my PTO sisters are helpin you out as usual. Thanks ladies,
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Thanks everyone and we live in camden county, queens so if you know of anything please let me know. Im gonna call the welfare office today and get some inflo.,hopefully it gets me somewhere.
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I will say there is many in your area I will ask my friend who lives in that are she would know as soon as I hear from her I will let you know
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Site: 301 Spring Garden Road Ancora, NJ 08037-9699
Phone: 609-704-4982
Email: Elizabeth.capoferri@dhs.state.nj.us
Hours: days and hours of operation vary: Please call.
Contact: Liz Capoferri
This site provides discharged patients with a 2 week supply of food, bed linens, pillows, and suitcases and this site provides the public with a thrift shop.
Food Needs: non perishables, microwavable food
Volunteer Needs: people to work in the thrift shop
Volunteer Requirements: age 18 or older
Special Needs: personal care items, especially for men
Berlin

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY

Site: 157 West Whitehorse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009
Phone: 856-767-7391
Email: chang157@verizon.net
Hours: Mon-Fri (except 1st 7 days of the month): 11am-3pm
Contact: Dennis Chang
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: food distribution-2 hour shifts (Mon-Fri: 11am-1pm & 1-3pm) and thrift shop help (Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm)
Volunteer Requirements: light lifting
Special Needs: funding
Camden

CAMDEN COUNTY WOMEN'S CENTER

Site: Confidential
Mail: P.O. Box 1459 Blackwood, NJ 08012
Hotline: 856-227-1234
Office: 856-227-1800
Hours: every day: 24 hours
Contact: Helena Tome, Director
This site provides a hotline, an emergency shelter, domestic violence counseling, and outreach services for victims of domestic abuse.
Food Needs: meats, produce, desserts, pasta, perishables; Call site.
Volunteer Needs: Contact Yvonne Williams at 856-227-1800.
Volunteer Requirements: completion of a 40 hour training program
Special Needs: funding, toiletries, telephone cards, gift certificates to Target, Walmart, grocery stores, other stores
CATHEDRAL KITCHEN

Site: 1514 Federal Street, Camden, NJ 08105
Phone: 856-964-6771
Email: Karen@cathedralkitchen.org
Website: www.cathedralkitchen.org
Hours: Soup Kitchen - Mon-Fri: 4pm
Office - Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5pm
Contact: Karen Talarico
This site provides dinner Monday through Friday.
Food Needs: Needs change. Please contact site.
Volunteer Needs: Contact site.
Volunteer Requirements: age 16 or older
Special Needs: Contact site.
FELLOWSHIP HOUSE

Site: 1722 South Broadway, Camden, NJ 08104
Mail: P.O. Box 261, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: 856-964-4545
Email: fellowshiphouse1@comcast.net
Website: www.fellowshiphousecamden.org
Hours: Office: Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm
Pantry: 4th Thurs and on emergency basis (Identification and proof of address or a referral from a social service agency is required for pantry clients.)
Contact: Harrison Davis
This site provides an after school Bible program and a pantry.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: handy man, grant writers, computer technician, teachers - especially computer teachers, volunteers to work with children in the after school program
Special Needs: funding, new computers, van
MEALS ON WHEELS DELIVERY SERVICE OF CAMDEN COUNTY

Site: 915 Haddon Avenue Camden, N.J. 08103
Phone: 856-963-8226
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-2pm
Contact: Fran Werner
This site provides meals to homebound seniors (age 60+) and homebound disabled individuals.
Volunteer Needs: drivers to deliver meals to clients' homes
Volunteer Requirements: age 18 or over; able to lift, read maps & follow directions; driver's license & car (training available)
Special Needs: Contact site.
MOUNT CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY

Site: 1198 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: 856-614-1991 or 856-966-9400 x 13
Email: emmagorman@aol.com
Hours: 3rd Thurs of each month: 2-4pm & Tues: 12-4pm
Contact: Emma P. Gorman
This site provides a food pantry, homeless breakfast, senior ministry, snacks for Sunday care and children of GED students, and holiday food baskets.
Food Needs: Contact site.
Special Needs: storage space and transportation for food
MOUNT OLIVET SDA CHURCH

Site: 800 Chelton Avenue, Camden, NJ 08104
Phone: 856-365-6108
Email: pastor@mtolivetsdachurch.net
Hours: 2nd & 4th Tues: 4-6pm
Contact: Matthew Clements or Christina Gabriel
This site provides a pantry.
Volunteer Needs: packers, workers to load and unload food
Volunteer Requirements: age 18 or older and able to do some lifting
NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

Site: 278 Kaighn Avenue, Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: 856-365-5295
Email: nc@ncicamden.org
Website: www.ncicamden.org
Hours: Soup Kitchen - Mon-Fri: 12-1pm
Pantry - Mon-Fri: 1:30-3pm
Contact: Tim Humeniuk
This site provides a soup kitchen, a food pantry, pre-school childcare and after school care.
Food Needs: fresh, frozen and non-perishable meats & vegetables in large portions for the kitchen; non-perishables for the pantry
Volunteer Needs: kitchen servers, grounds workers, year round & additional holiday volunteers
Special Needs: funding
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH

Site: 2818 River Avenue Camden, NJ 08105
Phone: 856-963-5884
Contact: Victoria Walters
This site provides a food pantry, social services, and medical care to people without medical insurance.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: food sorters, food packers; Call site.
Volunteer Requirements: no age limits and no heavy lifting
Special Needs: funding (Please make donation checks to St. Anthony of Padua and write “Food Pantry” in the memo line.)
SAINT JOHN CHURCH OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH

Site: 220 N. 27th Street, Camden, NJ 08105
Phone: 856-541-9689
Email: ministerSheila@yahoo.com
Hours: 3rd Sat of each month and as needed
Contact: Reverend Sheila Jones
This site provides a pantry, clothing, social outreach programs for teens, single parents and others, and Thanksgiving and Christmas programs.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: grant writers
Special Needs: funding, new toys for Christmas, personal care items
SALVATION ARMY

Site: 915 Haddon Avenue, Camden 08103
Phone: 856-338-1700
Hours: Office -- Mon-Fri: 9am-3:30pm
Pantry – Mon-Fri: 1-2:30pm
Contact: Rose
This site provides a food pantry and social services.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: Contact site.
Special Needs: funding
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA – ALETHA WRIGHT SHELTER

Site: 271 Atlantic Ave., Camden, NJ 08104
Phone: 856-854-4660 (donations and general contact number)
Phone: 856-966-0909 (homeless clients)
Hours: 24/7
Contact: Kelly Wright (856-854-4660 x138) and Teresa (x137)
Food Needs: soup, bread, fruit, pasta, desserts, meats
Volunteer Needs: Contact Teresa at x137 or Kelly at x138.
Volunteer Requirements: Contact site.
Special Needs: storage space for dry goods, funding (Contact James Wynn (856-854-4660 x128) to make financial donations.)
YOUR FOOD SHELF

Site: 1500 Federal Street, Camden, NJ 08105
Phone: 856-365-6475
Hours: Tues-Fri: 10am-3pm
Contact: Bonnie White
This site provides a food pantry, clothing and small household items to families with children or individuals with medical problems who live in the East Camden area (zip code-08105); birth certificates of the children are required prior to receiving services. Clients can pick up food only once every other month.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Special Needs: funding, small household & personal care items
Chesilhurst

CORNER CUPBOARD

Site: The First Baptist Church of Chesilhurst, 57 White Horse Pike, Chesilhurst, NJ 08089
Phone: 56-767-3283 or 609-870-2089
Email: JamilaOdomGarnette@gmail.com
Hours: every 3rd Wednesday of each month: 4-7pm
Contact: Jamila Odom
This site provides a pantry at Corner Cupboard and clothing at the Corner Closet.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: fundraisers, food packers
Volunteer Requirements: Some jobs require heavy lifting.
Special Needs: storage space, funding(Funding may be sent to Food Bank of South Jersey for Corner Cupboard, ID#705, 1501 John Tipton Blvd, Pennsauken, NJ 08110)
Collingswood

SAINT PAUL’S FOOD PANTRY

Site: 832 Park Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: 856-854-0860 (Messages will be forwarded.)
Hours: Pantry - Tues & Thurs: 11am-2pm
Contact: Charles Wagner
This site provides bags of groceries to registered clients biweekly. Registration is open to needy residents of Collingswood, Haddon Township, Audubon, Oaklyn and Woodlynne only; food stocks do not permit extension of that area. Proof of residence and income is required to register.
Food Needs: all foods
Volunteer Needs: volunteers needed during the day to make pickups of food donations locally and to prepare and pack bags of groceries
Lindenwold

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY – SAINT LAWRENCE

Site: 207 White Horse Pike, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Mail: 100 South Avenue, Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Phone: 856-627-8824
Email: EMLOOU@JUNO.COM
Hours: 2nd & 4th Tues of each month
Contact: Mary Lou Creedon, President
This site provides a food pantry.
Food Needs: fresh meat, cheese, and non-perishables including cereal, canned meats, soup
Special Needs: funding
Mount Ephraim

TOUCH NEW JERSEY INC.

Site: 7 North Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, New Jersey 08059
Mail: P.O. Box 8604, Collingswood, New Jersey 08108
Phone: 856-559-0116
Email: foodpantry@touchnewjersey.org
Website: www.touchnewjersey.org
Hours: Tues: 11am-1:30pm, Thurs: 7-8:30pm
Contact: Debbie Realey, Executive Director
This site provides food and resources to individuals and families in need. Resources include social worker, food stamp advocacy, referral to social service agencies, job bulletin board, and domestic violence resources.
Food Needs: non-perishables, shelf milk, canned & boxed meals, cereal, breakfast bars, snacks, baby food & formula, juice boxes, drinks, supplement drinks (i.e. Ensure), desserts, spices, condiments
Volunteer Needs: volunteers to do guest intake, to sort, stock, & handout food, to conduct food drives, to donate food, to do clerical, warehouse, & cleaning work
Volunteer Requirements: individuals who believe in helping the less fortunate, are compassionate, understanding, non judgmental, team-minded, not afraid to get their “hands dirty”, able to lift up to 25 lbs.
Special Needs: funding, health & beauty products, paper goods, one gallon zip lock bags, working computers, monitors, office equipment, van or truck to pick up donations
Pennsauken

GATEKEEPER MINISTRIES FOOD PANTRY

Site: 3600 Earl Avenue, Pennsauken, NJ 08110
Phone: 856-342-8045
Hours: Tues & Thurs: 10am-2pm
Contact: Veronica Jones
Food Needs: non-perishables, some perishables
Volunteer Needs: Contact site.
Special Needs: funding for food, trailer, storage space
Pine Hill

SAINT EDWARDS FOOD PANTRY

Site: 500 Erial Road, Pine Hill, NJ 08021
Phone: 856-783-2670
Hours: 3rd & 4th Thurs of each month: 2:30-4:30pm & food by appointment
Contact: Kathy Moffa and Leo Casey
Food Needs: non-perishables
West Collingswood Heights

SCUCS SENIOR FOOD PANTRY

Site: 146 Black Horse Pike, West Collingswood Heights, NJ
Mail: 146 Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059
Phone: 856-456-1121 x145
Email: rmonou@scucs.org
Website: www.scucs.org
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm
Contact: Bobbie Monou
This site provides five day non-perishable food packages to eligible seniors.
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: workers to pack food bags & to deliver food
Volunteer Requirements: a willing heart
SCUCS SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Site: 146 Black Horse Pike, West Collingswood Heights, NJ
Mail: 146 Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059
Phone: 856-456-1121 x146
Email: Nutrition@SCUCS.org
Website: www.scucs.org
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am–4pm
Contact: Gene Bromke
This agency administers the Home Delivered Meals Program for Camden.
Volunteer Needs: Contact the agency at 856-456-1121 x146.
Volunteer Requirements: Contact the agency



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Great post, queens3. That information will help alot of people.
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This should answer any questions you have.

http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/pdf/...W%20JERSEY.pdf

This should help as well:
http://www.njisj.org/documents/Publi...tance.7-06.pdf

Notice the difference between possessing and distributing---anyone who is convicted of distributing can't get cash assistance, but if they were convicting of possessing, they can. All this hinges on the defendant completing a program.

You might want to call and find out how it applies to you since you aren't the convicted person, but the one applying for the benefits. you should also advise them that he is going to prison in Ocotber so he won't be in the household to see how that will affect the application.
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Thanks girls of all of this information it was just i was looking for, I appreciate it more than i can express. I keep hitting dead ends everywhere i turn, i called my mortage co to tell that i couldn't pay right now, i thought they could give me a deferment (i know someone that got it for a yr) but they were like oh well we cant do anything for you why dont you try to call hud. I was so upset. Thanks again im so glad i found this site.
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Good luck girl!

And thanks Queens and Lyteey for the great info. We appreciate it!
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Thanks girls of all of this information it was just i was looking for, I appreciate it more than i can express. I keep hitting dead ends everywhere i turn, i called my mortage co to tell that i couldn't pay right now, i thought they could give me a deferment (i know someone that got it for a yr) but they were like oh well we cant do anything for you why dont you try to call hud. I was so upset. Thanks again im so glad i found this site.

MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PILOT (MAP) PROGRAM GUIDELINES
Updated November 25, 2008

Program Overview
The Mortgage Assistance Pilot (MAP) program provides temporary financial assistance to income-eligible homeowners who wish to remain in their homes but are in imminent danger of foreclosure due to short-term financial problems beyond their control.
Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicants must be in imminent danger of homelessness due to one of the two following circumstances:

(1) the household is experiencing a loss of income for a limited period of time such as temporary unemployment, medical disability or emergency, loss or delay in receipt of other benefits, natural or man-made disaster, or a substantial and permanent change in household composition, and the household is experiencing one of the following:
  • is 60 days or more in arrears on mortgage payments, or
  • has been served with a notice of intention to foreclose pursuant to the New Jersey Fair Foreclosure Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:50-53, or
  • has received a comparable notice indicating that a complaint for foreclosure may be filed within thirty days of applying for assistance, or
  • has been served in any legal manner with notice of tax or municipal lien foreclosure including, without limitation, a notice of intent to foreclose pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-97.1, as amended, or
  • has been served with a notice of complaint in foreclosure.
(2) the household’s mortgage is in default, or is about to become unaffordable to the household within 90 days because the mortgage is inappropriate for the household’s size, budget and credit rating and has one or more of the following attributes:
  • is an interest-only mortgage with a future interest reset rate
  • contains a payment option plan or a “pick a payment” plan
  • contains a negative amortization schedule
  • is a subprime mortgage
  • has a reset mortgage interest rate that increases the interest rate
  • contains prepayment penalties; or
  • is a high cost home loan as defined under the New Jersey Home Ownership Security Act of 2002.
Maximum Borrower Income Limits
An applicant’s income must be less than 120% of the average median income as defined in guidelines published annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

An applicant must exhaust all other available financial resources first before qualifying for assistance. No household shall be eligible for assistance in the event of initiated or ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.
Eligible Property
The applicant must own and occupy a single family, one-unit home (an attached or detached house or a condominium unit) or a two-family home or a three-family home located in New Jersey and must have resided in the home as a primary residence for at least one year prior to applying for assistance. The applicant is not permitted to own other real estate at the time of application.
Mortgage Loan Terms and Repayment
All assistance shall be in the form of a loan secured by a mortgage that may take any lien position on the home.

This mortgage loan shall require no monthly payments. The full principal amount shall be due and payable upon the sale or upon the transfer or upon the cash-out refinance of the property or if the applicant ceases to occupy the property as his/her primary residence.
Maximum Mortgage Loan Amount
The maximum mortgage loan amount shall be $20,000.

The applicant’s total debt-to-income ratio post-intervention may not exceed 50% of gross monthly income (the Agency will consider 60% max only if there is evidence an applicant can support higher levels of debt).
Mortgage Loan Interest Rate
The mortgage loan shall carry a zero-percent (0%) interest rate.
Maximum Period of Assistance
An applicant may receive assistance covering a temporary period not to exceed six months. The applicant must show evidence of the ability to resume paying housing costs at the end of the assistance period. Counseling
Applicants must participate in a budget counseling session(s) approved by the Agency.
http://www.state.nj.us/dca/hmfa/consu/owners/map/

The DCA might be able to help.
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every website, community bulletin board and worker will tell you something different when it comes down to public assitance. but my hubby has 4 family members who were all convicted of both possessing and distributing drugs, and they do or have received both foodstamps and medicaid.

i would go to welfare and apply. they are NOT going to deny your family food because your husband committed a crime. ha...if push came to pull i'd tell them the truth about the sh** he drove me through and they may put you on the domestic violence help list and program if you were abused by him physically, mentally and emotionally.

btw...my hubby, who has been convicted of many crimes...received both foodstamps and medicaid during his last stint home. they are also now starting to allow ex inmates to live in and apply for housing.

it's not what you know, it's who you know if all else fails.

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haha, believe me...faith will get you there. my hubby's aunt came home after doing five years in clinton *the female prison here in nj* and got medicaid for her daughter, foodstamps and was recieving the cash benefit amount for about three years. they denied her housing repeatedly, but she sure was able to feed her daughter and herself every month and her daughter was able to get the medicaid. she didn't qualify for medicaid because of her income and another non prison related issue.

now she'd the general manager of popeye's and has perfect credit. she was living with me two years ago for a while and her pocketbook was stolen. this woman pulled out a list and began to call her cards to report them. she had 2 bank cards, 4 credit cards and a gasoline card. all legitimate, all in her name.

who said ex cons couldn't get it together or that their loved ones have to suffer for their actions out here in the post prison world? i don't see how any state agency will deny a family food because the husband is incarcerated. and if it's true, it wouldn't be in my book.

*tangent here haha*

this is why i reject the failure stories i hear so much around here...my hubby's family is prime example of getting it together.

her husband did 30 years in prison, two 15 year bids. that man has been out for going on 10 years soon, and has never looked back. he says, "no excuses. if a man wants it, he does it. if he doesn't do it, he doesn't want it. if [hubby's nickname] wants it, he can be very successful."

and this man can barely speak english--but he spoke it enough to encourage me!

believe me, faith gets you further than people do.
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Aww mrschris, thanks for the stories of encouragement!! Like you said, it's all about what they want. J was doing so well once he moved out of NJ and had a good support system at home. He didn't use 1x, worked every day in the two years he was in MD with us, and went to severl open houses at culinary schools in the area. Got such glowing reviews at work and he was so happy. So it CAN happen for them, if they want it bad enough. Thanks again for sharing!
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