Research on Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Summary of the Focus Group Findings. Tax Policies


Earned Income Tax Credit. New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was proposed in the fiscal year 2001 budget message. The proposed credit will be phased in over the next four years and will pay $823 to every working family earning just the minimum wage. The EITC is expected to serve more than 200,000 families.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Congress created the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) to compensate for the high costs of constructing and rehabilitating apartments that lead to rent rates set higher than low income families can afford. Nationwide, the LIHTC leverages about $7 billion in investment each year to produce approximately 75,000 apartments that rent at prices affordable to low income families and the elderly. All apartments are dedicated at restricted rates for 30 years or more to families who earn 60 percent or less of area median income. Currently, 59 percent are dedicated for periods longer than 30 years, and one in six is permanently dedicated to low-income use.

In 2000, the U.S. Treasury Department allocated $10,143,764 to New Jersey for the LIHTC program.

Policies and Programs Available in Newark for People with Disabilities
Organization Contact Information Web Site Program/Services Target Group Target Area
Private and Non-Profit Programs
Alliance for Disabled in Action, Inc. (ADA UNION) 65 Jefferson Ave.
Elizabeth, 07201
PH: (908)289-2551
FAX: (732)738-4416 Self help; advocacy; support services; information and referral; peer support; workshops and seminars; consumer action committees; assistive technology network; volunteer program; social/recreational activities; NJ Client Assistance Program (CAP). Persons with disabilities Union County
ARC of New Jersey 985 Livingston Ave.
North Brunswick, 08902
PH: (732)246-2525
FAX: (732)214-1834
  Advocacy & Referral Program (A&R); information resource and referral; direct advocacy People with developmental disabilities and related neurological disorders Statewide, Union County
ARC of Union County 1225 S. Ave.
Plainfield, 07062
PH: (908)754-5323
FAX: (908)754-2330
Catholic Charities, USA New Jersey Chapter 288 Rues Ln.
East Brunswick, 08816
PH: (732)324-8200
FAX: (732)826-3549
  Counseling, emergency financial assistance, job training, services to persons with HIV/AIDS, social policy advocacy, housing assistance. People and families in need Statewide Offices serving Newark and New Brunswick
Catholic Community Services 1160 Raymond Blvd.
Newark, 07102
PH: (973)596-3971
FAX: (973)623-5473 Addictions and mental health services; adoptions and pregnancy counseling; AIDS/HIV programs and services; children and family services; employee assistance; senior services; emergency food and nutrition. New Jersey residents Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties
Community Access Unlimited 80 West Grand St.
Elizabeth, 07202
PH: (908)354-3040
FAX: (908)354-2665 Community support; recreation and education; home share; transitional services; case management and employment; parent enrichment; supervised apartment; supported living apartment; transitional opportunities; information and referral. People with disabilities, transitioning youth, and Union County residents with housing needs. Union County
Community Health Law Project 185 Valley St.
South Orange, 07079
PH: (973)680-5599
FAX: (973)275-1175 Serves legal needs of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Individuals with disabilities and the elderly Provides Regional services
Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey 75 Livingston Ave.
Roseland, 07068
PH: (973)535-8200
FAX: (973)535-8393
  Grant making priorities are to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable members of the community, improve the health and well-being of children and families, and address the unmet healthcare needs of vulnerable individuals, by encouraging clinical medical education and research especially as they relate to humanism and compassion in the delivery of medical care. Individuals and families in Newark, Essex Newark and Essex County
Heightened Independence and Progress (HIP) 131 Main St.
Suite 120
Hackensack, 07601
PH: (201)996-9100
FAX: (201)996-9422
  Advocacy; public benefits counseling; peer counseling; housing referrals; information and referral Persons with significant disabilities Bergen County
JESPY House 65 Academy St.
South Orange, 07079
PH: (973)762-6909 x205 community/special.html Independent living skills training; vocational assistance; housing assistance; recreational activities. Young adults with developmental disabilities South Orange
Monday Morning Project (NJ DD Council) P.O.Box 700
20 W. State St.
Trenton, 08625
PH: (609)292-3453
FAX: (609)292-7114
  Self help; grassroots movement; advocacy networks throughout state, advocacy, works government officials on public policy issues of importance. PWDs, families and friends. Statewide
Local groups in Newark, Orange, East Brunswick
New Jersey Association of the Deaf-Blind, Inc. 24 K Worlds Fair Dr.
Somerset, 08873
FAX: (732)805-3088
  Deaf-Blind, advocacy, case management, education, employment supports, training, family supports, information and referrals. Deaf-Blind and families Somerset
Somerset New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse, Saint Clare's Health Services 25 Pocono Rd.
Denville, 07834
PH: (973)625-3037
FAX: (973)625-8848 The New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse maintains a database on over 4,000 no-fee mutual help group meetings within the State for different illnesses, disorders, disabilities, addictions, abuse histories, bereavement situations, family, caregiver concerns, emotional problems, parenting, unemployment, and many other stressful life problems. It has information on over 800 national self-help organizations and group models, and hundreds of toll-free telephone help lines. They also provide training workshops, fill speaking engagements, and provide guides and handouts on how to develop a group. The Web page Mental Health link provides information on self-help meetings held every day. Persons who share common problems or life situations. Statewide
Offices based in northern NJ close to Elizabeth
Education, Training, and Rehabilitation
Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Chapter 200 Middlesex Turnpike
Iselin, 08830
PH: (732)283-4300;
FAX: (732)282-4633 Employment and educational services, exercise and self-management programs, literature about living and coping with arthritis, and quality of life programs, including PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise), WET (Water Exercise Together), and self-management courses specific to arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Children and adults who have any form of arthritis Northern NJ
Direct services provided in Newark and Elizabeth
Council for Airport Opportunity 972 Broad St.
7th Floor
Newark, 07012
PH: (973)622-4537
  The Port Authority along with the airlines and service companies operating at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports supports this non-profit organization with offices in Queens and Newark. The purpose of the CAO is to provide recruitment and job placement services in the aviation industry for local New York and New Jersey residents. The CAO also performs job readiness training and operates summer internship programs. Residents of Newark and surrounding areas Newark
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1719 Rte 10
Suite 225
Parsippany, 07054
PH: (973)605-2525
FAX: (973)605-2929 Speakers bureau available to the general public, referrals to local hospitals, location of rehabilitation equipment for young adults, support groups, patient services, fund raising for research and support. Persons with cystic fibrosis, their families and support providers. Bergen, Essex, Union, other Northern NJ Counties; Cystic Fibrosis Centers at University Hospital, Newark and Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch
Disability Information Awareness & Living (DIAL) 56 Mount Prospect Ave.
Bldg. C
Clifton, 07013
PH: (973)470-8090
FAX: (973)470-8171
  Information and referral, peer counseling, support groups, friendship hotline, deaf outreach program, advocacy, independent living skills training, community education/minority outreach, recreation and social activities. Persons with disabilities Essex County and City of Newark
Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey 429 River View Plaza
Trenton, 08611
PH: (609)392-4900
FAX: (609)392-5621 Information and referral, counseling, support groups, individual and legislative advocacy, case management, employment services, emergency medication program, respite care, parent to parent telephone linkage, family stipends, social security linkage, newsletters, Kids-on-the-Block puppets, professional education and college scholarships. Persons with epilepsy or other developmental disabilities Statewide
Livingston office provides direct services in Newark area
Essex County College, Work First Program 303 University Ave.
Newark, 07102
PH: (973)877-3592
FAX: (973)877-3591 Educational and career counseling, academic preparation for college credit courses, special services to persons with disabilities, public access to the computerized One-Stop self-help, Work First New Jersey program to assist welfare recipients in obtaining employment. New Jersey employers and job seekers Statewide, Essex
First Occupational Center 7 Gleenwood Ave.
East Orange, 07017
PH: (732)477-7603
FAX: (732)477-7603
  Employment training and placement disabled and welfare-to-work, home health aid, janitorial services. People with disabilities and individuals in Welfare-to-Work programs Elizabeth and Newark
La Casa de Don Pedro 86 Broadway
Newark, 07104
PH: (973)485-0701
FAX: (973)483-5284 latinusa/buscafile/este/lcasapedro.htm Access to computers for conducting job searches and for posting resumes; network of social services. Participants in WorkFirst NJ and other employment training programs; NJ residents seeking social services Newark
Mayor's Office on Employment & Training 55 Liberty St.
Newark, 07104
PH: (973)733-4820 Access to One-Stop computers for posting resumes and searching for jobs; employment counseling; job readiness preparation; programs for workers who have been laid off. Newark  
New Jersey Brain Injury Association 1090 King George Post Rd.
Suite 708
Edison, 08837
PH: (732)738-1002
FAX: (732)738-1132 Information, advocacy and support; chartered association of National Brain Injury Association. Services: clearinghouse of resources and information; network of peer support groups; specialized brain injury rehabilitation programs.   Edison
Urban League of Essex County 504 Central Ave.
Newark, 07107
PH: (973)624-9535 x105
FAX: (973)624-9597 Career counseling, job readiness, employment advocacy and referrals, job discrimination referrals, educational referrals and agency advocacy    
In-Kind Support Services
Community Options, Inc. of Northern New Jersey 56 Fanny Rd.
Suite C
Boonton, 07005
PH: (973)257-1222
FAX: (973)257-1223 Community-based options for residential and employment support services; services offered include: housing, in-home support, employment services, volunteer opportunities, and advocacy. Employment programs focus on individual competitive jobs, community volunteer placements and employment opportunities in a variety of entrepreneurial businesses. Individuals with disabilities living in service area Passaic, Bergen, Morris, and Warren Counties
Private and Non-Profit Programs
COPE Center, Inc. 104 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, 07042
PH: (973)783-6655
FAX: (973)783-1658
  Provides individual, group and family counseling, HIV testing, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and counseling. People with alcohol and substance abuse disabilities Essex County and City of Newark
Disabled Information Awareness & Living (DIAL), Newark Community Outreach Program 193-211 Hunterdon St.
Newark, 07103
PH: (973)242-0637
FAX: (973)242-8990
  Information and referral, peer counseling, support groups, friendship hotline, deaf outreach program, advocacy, independent living skills training, community education/minority outreach, recreation and social activities. Persons with disabilities Newark
Easter Seals Society of NJ, Inc. 1 Kimberly Rd.
East Brunswick, 08816
PH: (732)257-6662
FAX: (732)257-7373 Education, employment, housing, home care, recreation and transportation. NJ residents with all types of disabilities Statewide, East Brunswick
Eastern Paralyzed Veterans of America 500 Morris Ave.
Springfield, 07081
PH: (800)795-3617 Public education; information and referral; job opportunities; advocacy services. Paralyzed veterans  
Friends of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 563 Riverside Dr.
Elizabeth, 07208
PH: (908)351-3036
FAX: (908)289-3316
  Provides packaged food to the deaf and hard of hearing and their families. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals Statewide
Based in/serves Elizabeth and Newark areas
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation 78 New St.
2nd Floor
New Brunswick, 08901
PH: (732)246-0204
FAX: (732)246-4137 HIV testing and counseling; support groups; housing services; emergency financial services; buddy services; legal; case management; advocacy. Persons living with HIV/AIDS Home office is in New Brunswick; regional office in Newark
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation 1199 Pleasant Valley
West Orange, 07052
PH: (973)731-3600
FAX: (973)243-6994 Medical rehabilitation services, physical and occupational therapy, career guidance; placement services, case management, psychological services. Individuals with physical disabilities Open to anyone.
Institute is part of Kessler Rehabilitation Corporation, headquartered in West Orange
Muscular Dystrophy Association 1030 St. Georges Ave.
Avenel, 07001
PH: (732)750-2333
  Provides a range of individually designed support services, including therapy, information, equipment loans and counseling. Initial diagnostic testing whether or not a positive diagnosis is made and follow-up care at MDA clinic; home physical and occupational therapy, orthopedic equipment wheelchairs, a summer camp program and transportation to clinic and brace fittings. All persons with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disorders, their families and their care/support providers Northern and Central New Jersey
National Multiple Sclerosis Society 14 Ridgedale Ave.
Suite 101
Cedar Knolls, 07927
PH: (973)984-6667
  Short term counseling for M.S. clients and their families. Medical equipment loans, information and referral services, support groups, educational and recreational activities. Support groups are offered in each county with various emphases. Respite Program, Getaway Weekend, campership grants, air conditioner exchange program and a swim program. Union County has support groups for persons with M.S. and for caregivers. People with M.S. and their families Warren, Sussex, Morris, Hudson, Union and Essex Counties
New Community Corporation 201 Bergen St.
Newark, 07103
PH: (973)824-7994
FAX: (973)824-6545 NCC seeks to fulfill its mission by providing dignified and affordable housing; a safe, secure neighborhood; creative education programs; quality health care; social services; community arts; and neighborhood economic opportunities. Residents of Newark City of Newark
New Jersey State Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired 153 Halsey St.
5th Floor
Newark, 07101
PH: (973)648-2324
FAX: (973)648-7364
www.humanservices/ dhsbvil.html Social casework, in-home instruction in daily living skills, instruction for independent travel and orientation to the home community, work or school environment, child care training, instruction in communication methods, referral to community resources and training at the Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center in New Brunswick. Individuals with severely restricted vision Statewide
Direct services provided at offices in Newark and New Brunswick
New Jersey Transit Access Link 1 Penn Plaza E.
Newark, 07105
  ADA Paratransit service providing curb to curb service for eligible people with disabilities. Service is provided during the same hours and days and at the same fares as the local bus network. A trip qualifies for Access Link Service if the pick-up and drop-off points fall within ¾ of a mile on either side of an eligible local fixed bus route. Access Link "shadows" local fixed route buses.In addition, each of the 21 counties in New Jersey provide county-based paratransit service for senior citizens and people with disabilities. NJ TRANSIT assists in the provision of accessible services by the counties and non-profit agencies through the administration of state and federal funds. Eligible people with disabilities Statewide
Union County Paratransit Unit 79 W. Grand St.
Elizabeth, 07202
PH: (908)659-5000
FAX: (908)659-7444
  Provides specialized curb to curb transportation, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:30 pm to medical, mental health, dental, hospitals and clinic appointments, nutrition sites, employment, educational sites, recreation and shopping activities. Evening and Saturday transportation is available by appointment. Age 60 and over, permanently or temporarily disabled or economically disadvantaged county residents Union County