The State of New Jersey News: June 24, 2022

Government and Politics

June 27, 2022

NJ COVID-19 Updates and More

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, mask requirements, or how to get a COVID-19 test? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Young Children

Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available for everyone 6 months and older. The FDA and CDC have authorized the use of smaller, pediatric doses of both Pfizer (under age 5) and Moderna (under age 6) in children at least 6 months of age. Learn More

Need Help Recovering from Ida and Future Storms? Take This Survey

Residents impacted by Hurricane Ida in September 2021 are invited to complete a survey about what they need to recover from Ida and better protect their homes and communities from future storms.

There is no deadline to complete the survey, but completing the survey is required for residents who want to apply for future Ida-related recovery and mitigation programs.

Take the Survey

Wait List for State Rental Assistance Opens Soon

Many low-income residents can qualify for vouchers for safe and sanitary housing through the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP). The SRAP waiting list is now open for pre-applications, which will then enter a lottery for the statewide SRAP program in the Elderly, Family, Disabled, and Homeless categories.

Elderly applicants must serve as head of household and be 62 years of age or older. For the Family category, the head of household must be 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. To qualify in the Disabled category, the head of household or spouse must be permanently disabled. Applicants in the Homeless category must lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

All pre-applications submitted online during the open enrollment period from Monday, July 11th, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. until Friday, July 22nd, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. will be entered into the lottery. Those selected in the lottery will join the wait list and will be eligible to receive SRAP vouchers as they become available.

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Vote for Your Top Climate Change Solutions

New Jersey has an annual source of money that's dedicated to addressing climate change. State agencies want to know how you think New Jersey should invest this public money in projects that reduce emissions, provide clean energy, and increase equity across the state.

A new poll invites you to cast your vote by choosing which of two climate change solutions is most important to you. Once you make a selection, a new pair of options will appear for you to choose from. Vote on as many (or as few) two-option questions as you like, or add your own.

Voting is open through July 11th, 2022.

Vote Today

Help Measure the State's Health

Randomly selected New Jersey residents may receive a phone call from the New Jersey Department of Health asking them to participate in an anonymous health survey.

The New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, conducted in cooperation with the CDC, seeks to understand the behavioral risk factors that affect residents' overall health, positively or negatively. Survey recipients will see "New Jersey Department of Health" on their caller ID.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the survey. No personally identifiable information will be collected.

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Free State Park Admission All Summer Long

Entry to all New Jersey state parks, forests, and recreation areas is free of charge this summer. Park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, regardless of residency. Anyone who already purchased a 2022 annual State Park Pass will automatically receive a full refund.

Other individual park fees remain in place, such as camping, interpretive programs, and mobile sport fishing permits.

Discover State Parks

Health and Social Resources for Families

Health insurance, doula services, home visit assistance, early childhood education, and many other services for families with young children are now available through Connecting NJ. This new website simplifies the process of accessing services and provides a single point of entry for community members in need.

Visit Connecting NJ

Applying for Unemployment Now Easier

Have you recently lost your job and are struggling to pay your bills while searching for a new position? Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial support to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. If you find yourself in this situation, you will want to visit the new, simplified unemployment application, available online from the Department of Labor.

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COVID-19 Testing is Available

It's especially important to get tested if you are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

To get tested:

-- Find testing sites near you, including their hours and testing requirements.

-- Order a free at-home saliva test, shipped to your home at no cost.

-- Order free rapid antigen tests, shipped to your home at no cost.

COVID-19 Testing

Sign Up for the New Jersey Business Update

The Business.NJ.gov Update shares timely information on regulations, financing, and services likely to affect your business. Whether you own a small business, work at one, or like to stay in-the-know, you won't want to miss this weekly email.