Cape May County Department of Social Services

Cape May County Department of Family and Community Development office is the local welfare office.

Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Extended hours on Tuesdays until 6:30 pm

This office provides
Camden County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
SNAP Food Stamps
TANF Cash Assistance
NJ Family Care / Medicaid applications etc.
General Assistance
Family and Adult Social Services:
Homeless Prevention Services

Child support services are coordinated by the Department to help custodial parents receive child support payments that, for one reason or another, they are not obtaining from the children's non-custodial parent.  The state child support and paternity website is
Other services include:
Food Stamps - now called SNAP, for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - help eligible New Jerseyans – including senior citizens on small fixed incomes - receive benefits that help them afford a nutritionally balanced diet. Local County Welfare Agencies/Boards of Social Services determine who is eligible for food stamps.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) helps eligible people who are over age 65, blind and/or disabled, receive Federal Social Security Administration dollars to help them pay for special living arrangements (e.g., nursing home care), burial costs, legal fees, and other emergency costs.

WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ) is the state’s public assistance program, designed to help families move to self-sufficiency by offering them a full array of supports, from child care, health insurance and transportation, to substance abuse treatment and emergency funds. Recipients face a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance, and must become employed or take part in work activities.

Phone: (609) 886-6200
Fax: (609) 889-9332
Address: 3801 Route 9 South - Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Website: Visit Website

Cape May County Department of Social Services Mission Statement:

The Cape May County Social Services is committed to assisting all customers. By providing appropriate services in a professional, courteous, timely and unbiased manner. To achieve and maintain economic and social independence in the least restrictive environment. *
* taken from the Cape May County Department of Social Services website

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