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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

Public Notice - Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (English and Spanish)

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program FAQs (English and Spanish)

General Assistance (Welfare) 

The department administers the State’s Work First NJ General Assistance Program to assist single adults over the age of 18 with no dependents and childless couples. The program is 100% state-funded and provides financial and emergency assistance to eligible Princeton residents who have no income and very limited resources. 

The WFNJ GA program has two standards of monthly grants, which are $140.00 per month for an individual who is considered employable and $210.00 per month for an unemployable person.
Emergency Assistance (EA) is an extra or additional payment to GA recipients authorized immediately following the occurrence of an emergency. In addition, if the eligible individual is in a state of homelessness, the municipal welfare agency determines the provision of shelter.

Princeton Human Services provides referrals to State, County, and local agencies for every resident if eligible or ineligible for the GA Program who are struggling due to illness and hardship. 

If you do not meet the criteria for the General Assistance and/or you  are a family wishing to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) please contact the Mercer County Board of Social Services at (609) 989-4320 or (609) 989-4491 or toll-free at (800) 564-1595.

NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The department offers assistance with first-time NJSNAP (food stamps) applicants who are Princeton residents. To apply for NJSNAP, please call the office to make an appointment. For more information on the NJSNAP program, please visit: 

You can also apply for NJSNAP online by clicking on the link below:

Affordable Care Act

The University Medical Center at Plainsboro has been designated an official Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization. Check out their community calendar at to learn more about upcoming information sessions or call 1.888.879-8979 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

You can also visit or call 1.800.318.2596 for more information regarding the Health Insurance Exchange.

NJ Family Care (Medicaid)

NJ Family Care is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ Family Care is for people who do not have employer insurance.

Beginning October 1, 2013, new federal rules change Medicaid eligibility. NJ FamilyCare will include: Children, pregnant women, parents/caretaker relatives, single adults and childless couples. Financial eligibility will be determined by the latest federal tax return which, when filed, will be electronically verified.

If you need assistance with the application process or determining your eligibility, you may contact our office and schedule an appointment.

For more information on NJ Family Care, please visit 


Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP):

SYEP provides employment opportunities for youth, ages 14—17 that reside in Princeton or go to Princeton High School who meet income criteria. The program focuses on job skills and career development, goal setting, and financial planning.

Click here for the SYEP Eligibility and App Instructions

  I-9 Form

Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP): is a collaborative program with the Princeton School District, Mercer Street Friends, and Human Services. SHUPP is a supplemental weekend food assistance program for aged-school children K-8 grades who face food insecurity. The program began in 2013 and currently serves over 250 children. If you would like to have your child participate in this program, contact your child’s school office for enrollment information. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer for SHUPP, please visit our website

Back to School Back Pack Drive and Holiday Gift Drive: provides schools supplies/gifts to low-income Princeton children through private donations. The program reaches on average 150 Princeton children.

If you would like to be a donor for the drives, please contact our office.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Clinic: the Health and Human Services departments coordinate service delivery of WIC services to Princeton residents. WIC is provided by the NJ Children's Home Society.

WIC is a FREE service that provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education/support, immunization screening, checks for nutritious foods, health care referrals and voter registration.

Who is eligible?
· Pregnant women (up to six weeks after delivery)
· Postpartum (up to six months after delivery)
· Breastfeeding (up to one year if you continue breast feeding)
· Infants
· Children under five years old

Applicants must live in New Jersey and meet income guidelines.

For more information on other services offered by the NJ Children’s Home Society, please visit

2017 Women, Infant, Children (WIC) Princeton Clinic Schedule (English Pg. 1, Spanish Pg. 2)

Message from Mayor Lempert on the Women Infant and Children’s Program (WIC)

The Mercer County WIC Program’s Princeton Satellite Office Continues
Services in 2015 (Press Release)

Outreach and advocacy of under-represented groups: the department has collaborated with the local Police Department and non-profit organizations to address the needs and challenges of the under-represented communities in Princeton. Since 2013, the focus of this work has been revising current municipal directives and ordinances to address the challenges faced by our immigrant population such as Wage Theft, Tuition Equality, creating a Welcoming Community, and building trust between the immigrant groups and the local police.

If you or someone you know have experienced wage theft, meaning you have not been paid for the work you have done or you were not properly paid overtime wages, please contact our office at 609-688-2055 or the Princeton Police Department to report a wage theft issue.

Princeton Police Department

1 Valley Road, Princeton New Jersey 08540
Telephone number: 609-921-2100   Fax: 609-924-8197

Wage Theft Flyer