Family Support and Resources

  • Tenafly Public Schools is committed to supporting our families and community during times of need. Resources are available year-round as needed. Additional resources and information will be shared as they become available. 

    Earned Income Tax Credit        FEMA Assistance        NJ211    
    Utility Assistance          Care Plus          Tenafly Stigma Free


    Utility Bill Assistance Program

    PSE&G Family Assistance imageNew Jersey's utility shutoff moratorium ended on March 15th, but some residential customers with overdue utility bills can receive an extension to June 15th.

    A new law requires local authorities, municipal or public utilities, and rural electric cooperatives to continue providing electric, gas, sewer, or water service to residential customers who have submitted an application for utility assistance prior to June 15th, 2022 but have not yet received a decision on their application.

    To receive the extension, you need to apply for assistance. One easy way to apply is by visiting the DCAid Service Portal hosted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

    Utility Assistance

    PSE&G-NJ Payment Assistance Tool Kit

    PSE&G Payment Assistance Program Flyer

    2022 PSE&G NJ Support Agencies Flyer

    Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

    It is estimated that roughly one-in-four New Jerseyans who qualify for the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit (NJEITC) don't apply for the refund. Thanks to ongoing changes enacted by the Governor and the Legislature in recent years, more money is available to more people. In addition to offering one of the most generous state credits in the nation - 40 percent of the federal EITC – starting in tax year 2021, the minimum age eligibility is expanding from 21 to 18 and seniors over age 65 without dependents will now qualify.

    The New Jersey Treasury Department and the Division of Taxation are committed to increasing awareness to ensure that this money makes it into the pockets of hard-working Garden State residents who earned it. View additional details and information on EITC.


    For New Jersey residents living in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties, individuals can apply for assistance through FEMA the following ways:

    • The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

    • If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

    New Jersey residents who live outside the affected counties are encouraged to continue reporting damage (residential structures only, no vehicles) from Ida as damage assessments are ongoing. Information collected in this portal will help local, state, and federal authorities better understand the location and severity of damage impacts. The NJOEM Public Damage Reporting portal is located at   

    For additional information:



    NJ 211 provides live assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our services are free, confidential and multilingual. There are several ways to reach us: By phone (simply dial 2-1-1); via text (send your zip code to 898-211); email (; or chat with us online. Whichever method you choose, you will be communicating with a community resource specialist who has been educated about federal, state and local systems created to help people who are struggling. Our specialists have access to a resource database of over 8,800 community programs and services that assist people who need help with life's most basic needs... things like food, utilities, affordable housing, rental assistance, mental and physical health, substance use disorders, child care, senior needs, legal assistance, transportation, disability services and so much more. 

    NJ 211 also serves as the State Homeless Hotline and New Jersey's Utility Assistance Hotline. Most recently, we were asked to support the NJ Department of Health by serving as the number to call when looking for general information about state directives and services related to Covid-19.

    NJ 211

    211 is a universally respected and growing national model. More than 14.3 million 211 connections to help were made in 2017. Today 94 percent of people living in the US have access to 211 services.


    Other Resources

    CarePlus New Jersey                  Tenafly Stigma Free