General Assistance

Through the State's Work First New Jersey General Assistance (GA) Program (formerly known as welfare) the department assists single adults over the age of 18 with no dependents, and childless couples by providing financial and emergency assistance to eligible Princeton residents who have no income or employment. 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.

Other Services Available

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.