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Last update: Saturday, 1/16/2021

New Notices and Services

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expanded

Vaccine

As of Thursday, January 14th, vaccines are available to:

  • Paid and unpaid healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities
  • First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
  • Individuals ages 65 years and older
  • Individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus

All New Jerseyans can pre-register for vaccines at this time. Visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine to pre-register, see if you are eligible for the vaccine, and find a vaccination site near you.  [Posted January 14]

Hoboken launches pre-registration for seniors to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla today announced the City of Hoboken launched a pre-registration process for seniors in Hoboken to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. All Hoboken seniors 65 years of age and up are invited to register with the City at http://www.hobokennj.gov/seniors. Seniors will become eligible to receive the vaccine once the State of New Jersey moves into the next 1B and 1C phases of vaccinations. It has not been announced by the State if the 1B phase will include seniors ages 65 and up or restricted to 75 and up; however, the registration process will allow the City of Hoboken and medical partners, including Riverside Medical Group and Hoboken University Medical Center, to begin scheduling vaccine appointments to seniors without a substantial delay. [Posted January 11]

Pre-register to get your COVID-19 Vaccine here.

For information on how the Vaccine is being distributed, click here.

What are the differences between the different Vaccines?  Info here.

What’s in the new Stimulus Bill that was just enacted?
Read this article from the New York Times

Economic Impact Payments: Use this link for information on payments.

 


State of New Jersey’s “COVID-19 Information Hub”  Details here  (Constantly updated)


For Businesses

COVID-19 Recovery and Transition Grants

The Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program may offer grant opportunities to eligible designated MSNJ district organizations to assist them with physical improvement projects that occur within designated districts as well as to support the development and implementation of their Transformation Strategies.

New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020

This law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next decade.

Information from the Federal government is available here: https://www.sec.gov/page/covid-19-resources-small-businesses
Information about the State of New Jersey’s programs can be found at:   faq.business.nj.gov

 

 

 


For Individuals

COVID-19 Testing Sites, information:

In Hoboken: https://www.hobokennj.gov/testing

Throughout New Jersey:  https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/where-and-how-do-i-get-tested-for-covid-19-in-new-jersey-who-should-get-testing#direct-link

Food Assistance:

NJ Food Assistance (NJ SNAP): https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/njsnap/

As it has throughout the pandemic, the Hoboken Food Pantry continues to provide food and groceries to anyone who needs it in our community.  Please contact hobokenfoodpantry@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Tenant Protections:

Helping renters: Governor Murphy signed a bill into law that allows tenants to pay rent with a credit card in order to delay the financial impact of the payment.  The law, bill A-4182 and sponsored by Assembly Democrats Thomas Giblin, Benjie Wimberly and Clinton Calabrese, will require landlords to allow both commercial and residential tenants to pay their rent with a credit card during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Many landlords do not currently permit tenants to pay with a credit card because of transaction fees and a tenant’s ability to claim the charge was fraudulent, lawmakers said.  To address the issues with this payment method, the law stipulates that associated transaction fees would be the tenant’s responsibility and any payment disputed as fraudulent and charged back to the landlord would be considered non-payment of rent.

Health Insurance:

If you need information on obtaining Health Insurance, please read this pdf:
https://hobokenlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/English-Spanish-Nav-Hotline-outreach.pdf

 

Unemployment

For information go to: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insurance

To apply online: https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/before/about/howtoapply/

How to certify online, and updated schedule:
https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov/before/about/howtoapply/howtocertify.shtml

Important information for claiming weekly benefits:
https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/covidinstructions.shtml

Expanded unemployment benefits:

 

Resources for Job Seekers

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal:

https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/

JobNow
Hoboken Residents have access to Job Now.  Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Experience personalized career center seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.  You will need to enter your library card to sign in to the service. Hoboken Residents without a card can contact us at hobkcirc@hoboken.bccls.org to find out more about getting a card online.  In addition to resume templates and other skill building resources, live online job coaching is available every day from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST.  Please email reference@hoboken.bccls.org for assistance with using JobNow.
Job & Career Accelerator
New Jersey State Residents have access to the Job & Career AcceleratorCreate resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. Access millions of job listings. This resource is provided to New Jersey’s libraries by the New Jersey State Library and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Tips for Interviewing Online:  https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/video-interview-guide

Click here for a Guide to Writing Powerful Cover Letters

Click here for a Guide to Crafting Successful Resumes


For Everyone

Energy Assistance info from the State of NJ

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/energy.html

 

Financial Assistance, from the NJ Dept. of  Human Services

https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dds/hottopics/financial/

 

Retirement Funding

  • Required Minimum Distribution rules for qualified plans and individual retirement accounts are suspended for 2020 to preserve asset value.
  • Coronavirus-related distributions of up to $100,000 can be made with the related income tax payable over a three-year period. Additionally, the amount can be recontributed back to plan over a three-year period without affecting that year’s contribution limits
  • The limits on the amount of loans that can be taken from a qualified plan for Coronavirus-related purposes is increased to the lesser of $100,000 or 100% of the individual’s accrued benefit.

 


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