ALICE RECOVERY FUND

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE APPLICATION

United Way of Northern New Jersey created the ALICE Recovery Fund (#ALICErecovery), in partnership with United Way of Hunterdon County to address emerging needs of ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These households struggled to afford the basics of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation even before COVID-19 hit.

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Please note that the demand for assistance from the ALICE Recovery Fund has been even greater than we anticipated. At this time we are unable to meet the needs of all applicants. We encourage you to submit your application anyway because we will continue to process requests in the order that they were received as funds become available. Your application will also help us inform prospective donors about the incredible need in our communities. We hope to be able to process your application soon. Until then, be safe and stay healthy.

ELIGIBILITY AND DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Geography

The Fund is open solely to the residents of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, as well as Suburban Essex which includes the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.

Income

The Fund is open to those whose household income fell below the ALICE Household Survival Budget (plus 10%), prior to layoff or business closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants will be required to provide proof of income prior to the pandemic's impact, as well as proof of unemployment or reduction of work hours after February 1, 2020.

The income guidelines range from the following:

  • Single adults must have had an annual income below $35,560 without dependents or up to $88,128 with two or more dependents.
  • Two adult households must have had an annual income below $52,444 without dependents or up to $103,836 with two or more dependents.

Required Documentation

  • Proof of income before job/business loss or reduction of hours for all members of household (can be pay stub, page 1 of 2019 income tax form showing adjusted gross income, IRS Form W-2 for 2019, etc.).
  • Proof of termination of job, reduction of hours, or loss of business (can be termination notice, proof of unemployment benefits, etc.)
  • Important: Please black out your social security number before sending documents. Do not include original documents. Copies or scanned copies are acceptable.

We understand not all income can be verified by standard documentation. Don't worry, we are here to help! You may still be eligible for assistance from the ALICE Recovery Fund - please email us at ALICEfund@UnitedWayNNJ.org, or call 973.993.1160, x700 to discuss alternate ways to verify your income.

For More Information or Questions

For questions related to the ALICE Recovery Fund or required documentation prior to submission of your application, please email ALICEfund@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 973.993.1160, x700. Email is the best way to get a quick response. Please be patient and do not contact us regarding the status of your submitted application. We anticipate many applications and will respond to all applicants within 30 days of receipt of application. (Those who are ineligible for the ALICE Recovery Fund, can call 2-1-1 or visit nj211.org for other resources.)

Funding Decisions

Considering the far-reaching effects of this pandemic, we anticipate the demand for assistance from the ALICE Recovery Fund to be very high. To ensure equitable access to these resources, complete applications will be reviewed and processed by a committee of United Way staff and volunteers in the order in which they are received. Incomplete applications (those missing required information or documentation) will not be considered until all necessary information has been provided. Decisions are final and cannot be disputed for any reason. United Ways of Northern New Jersey, Hunterdon County have final authority on all fund distribution decisions.

FILING INSTRUCTIONS

Dear applicant, This pandemic has affected so many people in our communities. Thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals, we are so pleased to be able to offer this assistance to struggling families in this time of extreme need. To help expedite the review of your application, please be sure to fill out all fields to the best of your ability. Once you submit your application, the review process will begin. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers are making every effort to review applications as quickly as possible. You will be notified within 30 days whether your application has been approved or denied. I hope that we can provide the assistance you need to get through this difficult time. Stay healthy! Your friends at United Way.

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Are you a resident of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, or Warren counties, or Suburban Essex which includes the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona? Please choose a specific county or area below: