To identify, develop and coordinate resources, policies, programs and services
that support and empower all residents of Maplewood and South Orange
to age in place as full members of the community.
Important Information About Senior Property Tax Rebates
Due to the budget deficit caused by COVID-19 disruptions, the state of New Jersey is suspending the senior property tax rebate payments this year, aka the "Senior Freeze" and the "Homestead Rebate." These programs provide state reimbursement to income eligible seniors to help offset a portion of their local property taxes. This enables many of our senior citizens to stay in their homes as property taxes increase, while their income is fixed. For some, it is the only way they can afford to stay in Maplewood and South Orange. While it is understandable that the state needs to find ways to balance the budget under these unprecedented times, doing so by cutting these programs will be devastating to our older residents.
The elected leadership of both South Orange and Maplewood as well as their Senior Citizen Advisory Committees are writing to the Governor's office to protest the cuts. Please join us in our efforts to help reinstate the rebates this year by calling, writing or emailing our State elected officials, listed below. Even if you do not benefit from these tax programs yourself, please help your neighbors and long-time residents stay in their homes and our towns.
Governor Phil Murphy
Senator Richard J. Codey
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey
Assemblyman John McKeon
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin
Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Assembly Senior Services Committee
News & Updates
Where Are My Important Papers
For printable copies of this form, which was included in the latest issue of the newsletter, click here: Important Papers
The Maplewood senior bus service is now running a limited service for one rider at a time. Please call 973-763-5287. South Orange service is still suspended. The Gogo Grandparent partnership has ended. If you need help with a ride to a doctor's appointment, call (973) 558-0863 for arrangements.
South Orange and Maplewood announce the COVID-19: SOMA Senior Support Fund
As our community takes necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we want to take special steps to support some of our older residents. Our older South Orange and Maplewood residents are the most vulnerable to this disease . If you are an older resident in need of assistance, please fill out the contact form on this page, or call (973) 558-0863. All information will be kept confidential
A Time Before Vaccines
Last year, local photographer Joy Yagid, interviewed several older residents, capturing their stories of growing up in a time before vaccines. Some of the stories seem familiar, especially now, with shutdowns and quarantines. To see the video, click here: "A Time Before Vaccines"
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SOMA Two Towns for All Ages is supported through the generosity of
The Grotta Fund for Senior Care