$1,000 Stimulus Checks for New Jersey: Caregivers in Camden County, New Jersey, should expect stimulus checks worth $1,000 courtesy of a program designed to help people who experience wage disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Deputy Director Ed McDonnell recognized the “severe impact” the COVID-19 pandemic had on the lives of New Jersey residents, but added that caregivers were among the worst affected
“This pandemic has had a severe impact on all of our lives and most industries throughout the nation. One of the hardest hit fields was caregiving as staff were on the front lines of keeping clients and loved ones safe seven days a week,” McDonnell said, adding that the county hopes that the funds will “Provide some relief and support for those working these incredibly important and difficult jobs.”
The funds come from over $60 million provided to the county in federal funds. Those funds have also been used to help others affected by the pandemic, including renters, small businesses, and various nonprofit organizations operating throughout the county.
Last year, New Jersey residents were eligible for a $500 stimulus check.
Stimulus Checks: Here’s Who Is Eligible
According to the Camden County Care Grant website, the relief fund is made available to all those who were employed in the “direct personal care of the elderly, children, and adults with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities and brain injuries” and whose income was affected by the pandemic.
“The Program recognizes the essential service performed by caregivers throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency and the critical nature of their work to protect the health and wellbeing of the Camden County community. This Program will provide $1,000.00 in Relief Funds to each eligible caregiver on a first-come first-serve basis,” the statement continues.
Eligibility is limited only to personal caregivers and does not include trainers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, technicians, dietitians, therapists, or paramedics.
Individuals who believe that they qualify for the relief can apply for the funds here.
To successfully receive the funds, applicants will need to prove that they worked at least 500 hours between March 2020 and March 2022, and will also need to live in or provide care services for somebody in Camden County.
Applications opened on August 23, and more information can be obtained over the telephone by calling (856) 389-6704.
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