The Mercer County Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Mercer County Board of Social Services, will launch the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to provide financial assistance toward unpaid rent or utility bills for renter households in Mercer County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application deadline has been extended and applications will be now be accepted from March 1 through April 5, 2021.
COVID-19 Updates from Mercer County. Stay connected to Mercer County government through an email subscription service that provides regular updates regarding COVID-19. To subscribe, click here. Also follow Mercer County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the state to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
For information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses – including resources, assistance and regulations — visit the State of New Jersey business portal and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Business Resources page.
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? The State of New Jersey has created a resource page to help you connect to benefits and resources you need while you are trying to safely get back to work, as well as some tips for coping with the stress of losing a job: covid19.nj.gov/work. For a listing of employment opportunities, visit jobs.covid19.nj.gov.
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SAMHSA – Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990)
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, help is available to provide emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed. Among the resources available are the following:
HEAL, NJ Health Care Workers COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey health care workers, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-416-8733 or visit healhealthcareworkers.com.
RISE, NJ First Responders COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey first responders, including police, firefighters, EMS, National Guard, military and veterans, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-237-4325 or visit risefirstresponders.com.
As we stay at home with our loved ones, a lot of us are relying on our pets for emotional support. Losing this support can be devistating, so we included some resources for grieving a pet.