This is your all-in-one resource for information and updates on COVID, employment opportunities, benefits, small-business assistance, taxes, and more. For Businesses, Individuals … Everyone

Last update: Monday, July 25, 2021


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Six-Month Utility Shutoff Grace Period Announced


No one will face a gas, water, or electric utility disconnection before December 31st, 2021. The formal moratorium on gas, electric, and water utility shutoffs will end on July 1st, 2021 with a grace period that will run through December 31st, 2021. This period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans.

Latest COVID-19 Updates from the State of New Jersey:
Returning to Normal


COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Finder

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

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:
Information about the State of New Jersey’s programs can be found at:




For Individuals

COVID-19 Testing Sites, information:

In Hoboken:

Throughout New Jersey:

Food Assistance:

NJ Food Assistance (NJ SNAP):

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 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:



For information go to:

To apply online:

How to certify online, and updated schedule:

Important information for claiming weekly benefits:

Expanded unemployment benefits:


Resources for Job Seekers

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

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 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 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:

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


Financial Assistance, from the NJ Dept. of  Human Services


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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