$1,000 New Jersey incentive checks: Healthcare providers in Camden County, New Jersey, can expect to receive incentive checks worth $1,000 thanks to a program designed to help people experiencing wage disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recipients must apply for the stimulus and, if successful, receive the payments to help with the rising costs of food, gas and consumer goods.
Commissioner’s deputy director Ed McDonnell acknowledged the “serious impact” the COVID-19 pandemic had on the lives of New Jersey residents, but added that health care providers were among the worst affected
“This pandemic has had a serious impact on all of our lives and most industries across the country. One of the hardest hit areas has been healthcare delivery as staff were on the front lines seven days a week keeping customers and loved ones safe,” McDonnell said, adding that the county hopes the funds “will provide some relief and support to those those in these incredibly important and difficult jobs.”
The funds come from more than $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 several nonprofit organizations operating across the county.
Last year, New Jersey residents were eligible for a $500 incentive check.
Stimulus Checks: Who Is Eligible?
According to the Camden County Care Grant website, the emergency fund will be made available to all those who have worked in the “immediate personal care of the elderly, children and adults with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and brain injuries” and whose incomes were affected by the pandemic.
“The program recognizes the vital public health service that healthcare providers provide during the COVID-19 emergency and the critical nature of their work to protect the health and well-being of the Camden County community. This program will provide $1,000 in emergency funds to each eligible caregiver on a first-come, first-served basis,” the statement continues.
Eligibility is limited to personal caregivers only and does not include trainers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, technicians, dieticians, therapists or paramedics.
Individuals who think they qualify for the exemption can apply for the funds here.
To successfully receive the money, applicants must prove that they have worked at least 500 hours between March 2020 and March 2022 and must also live or provide care to someone in Camden County.
Applications opened on August 23, and more information can be obtained by phone by calling (856) 389-6704.
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