Social Services

Town Social Workers:
South Orange and Maplewood Social Worker for Seniors: Carol Berman, (973) 986-4321; [email protected]
Maplewood: Beverly Ashmon, (973) 762-8120

Government Aid for Seniors

For a comprehensive listing of government programs for older Americans, go tohttps://www.seniorliving.org/research/government-aid/

NJ Department of Human Services/Division of Aging
NJ Save: NJ Save is an online application to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses. For more information of to download an application, go to: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/njsave/

Programs Accessed Through NJ Save:
Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/paad/
Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/seniorgold/
Lifeline Utility Assistance https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/lifelinedetail.html
Medicare Savings Programs (SLMB & QI-1) https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/get-help-paying-costs/medicare-savings-programs
Medicare Part D's Low Income Subsidy (LIS, also known as "Extra Help") https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/prescriptionhelp/
Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD) https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/haaad/

The application is also used to screen individuals for numerous savings and assistance programs including:
Universal Service Fund (USF)
Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Finally, individuals who qualify for PAAD and Lifeline Utility Assistance through NJ Save may also be eligible for:
Property Tax Freeze
Reduced Motor Vehicle Fees
Low-Cost Spaying/Neutering

Energy Efficient Upgrades
The NJ State program Comfort Partners provides low-income residents, including renters, with free energy efficiency upgrades to reduce their monthly bills.  For information on applying for this program, call (800) 915-8309 or click here: Comfort Partners