Public Announcements

The LRRC Wins 2nd Place in the Ocean First Challenge and a Grant of $7,500


What an exciting week! Since The LRRC joined the Ocean First Charity Challenge, we had a total of 28 days to raise more donations than over 100 nonprofit organizations across Ocean County.

Our campaign had no gimmicks - no trips abroad or fancy media spotlights. But Lakewood responded with overwhelming support, proving that the community recognizes the vital role of The LRRC.

The last 24 hours of the challenge had our hearts racing as we competed for winning spots with a number of other nonprofit organizations.

We are pleased to announce that we won second place out of the entire Ocean County, and earned a grant of $7,500 from the Ocean First Foundation.
 

Thank you Lakewood for supporting our vital services! 

Health Insurance

  • If you are planning on going away at any point in the summer, make sure:
    • To check your out-of-state health insurance benefits. You may want to consider purchasing travelers insurance to have the option of visiting a doctor out-of-state.
    • To have a neighbor or friend check your mail for notifications or recertification requests from NJ FamilyCare. Mail from NJ FamilyCare, and any other government program, cannot be forwarded.
  • If you are on NJ FamilyCare and would like to switch your HMO for a pregnancy, make sure to request the switch at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you wait until the middle or end of pregnancy, your request to switch HMOs may be denied. Requests should be made by speaking with a representative at the state (1-800-701-0710), and not through the automated system.
  • If you are currently receiving NJ FamilyCare benefits and find out that you are expecting, it is important that you immediately notify NJ FamilyCare about your pregnancy. This will ensure that you receive coverage for the duration of your pregnancy, even if your income changes. Doctors letters are no longer required as proof of pregnancy. If you are receiving NJ FamilyCare benefits through the county (Hooper Avenue in Toms River), notification of pregnancy and proofs of birth can be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep a copy of the e-mail for your records.
  • Those who believe that they are no longer eligible for NJ FamilyCare should not ignore a recertification and should not request to be terminated. If you ignore a recertification or request to be terminated, you will receive a letter that you are being terminated from NJ FamilyCare due to “failure to recertify” or “voluntarily ending coverage.” You will not be able to enroll in other coverage (even through a broker or employer) in these situations. If you receive recertification paperwork and believe you are no longer eligible, respond with your current income. NJ FamilyCare will process your application and, if you are in fact over the income limit, they will send you a termination letter due to being income-ineligible. Your termination can then be used to activate a Special Enrollment Period.
  • If you are self-employed or receive rental income, speak with your accountant before reporting your income to NJ FamilyCare or The Marketplace. You want to make sure that you are reporting all allowable business expenses and deductions, including the “deductible part of self-employment tax” on the first page of your tax return.

 

SNAP Benefits

  • SNAP benefits are meant to be used as they are received. Your SNAP account should never be used as a savings account, and it is not advisable to maintain a high SNAP balance.

 

Housing Appointments

Due to the high volume of housing questions, we will no longer be having housing walk-ins on Wednesday mornings until further notice. To ask a housing related question or make an appointment, call 732-942-9292 ext. 9766 for instructions.

The Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC) is excited to announce that the updated income limits for NJ FamilyCare (Medicaid) eligibility have been released. The 2018 income limits are 0.5% - 3% higher than last year’s limits. For many families that narrowly missed qualifying for NJ FamilyCare in 2017, this change in the guidelines can potentially make the difference and deem them eligible.

If previously you were slightly above the NJ FamilyCare income limit, it is possible that you are now income-eligible. The new income chart is below. For instructions on how to read it, visit https://www.lrrcenter.org/public/files/pdf/LRRC_NJFC.pdf.

For any questions or assistance with applying, you can call the LRRC at 732-942-9292 or visit us at 212 2nd Street, Suite 204.

 

Get Your Taxes Done for FREE at the LRRC!

This tax season, the LRRC will once again be offering free personalized tax preparation. If you are a working family with earned income under $54,000, or an individual without dependents with earned income under $30,000, you can utilize this service as long as:

  • You earned all your income in New Jersey
  • Your business expenses were less than $5,000
  • You have no stock or bond transactions
  • You have no rental income

Please be aware, that this tax preparation service is intended for very simple returns only. The trained professionals will prepare and maximize your return, but will not be available throughout the year for follow up accounting questions. 

If your income is complex, we recommend seeking the services of a certified accountant.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 732-942-9292.

Please Note: The tax professionals that will be preparing these returns are not employed by the LRRC and notwithstanding that we have confirmed their qualifications to the best of our ability, the LRRC does not endorse these service providers or take responsibility for the quality or accuracy of their work.

If you were enrolled in a private insurance plan through the marketplace or privately in 2017, and did not wish to continue that coverage in 2018, do not assume that your old plan was cancelled. At the LRRC, we have seen several cases where clients who were not proactive about cancelling their 2017 insurance plans continued to be billed for their old plan. This is especially problematic for those who have automatic payments set up and may not realize that they are still being billed by their old carrier.

Please make sure that your old coverage is terminated properly for 2018.
Call the LRRC at 732-942-9292 with any questions.

The Lakewood Resource and Referral Center (LRRC) is notifying the community about an important program that provides property tax relief for seniors and disabled individuals who own homes in New Jersey. For applicants who are eligible to receive 2016 property tax relief under the Property Tax Reimbursement (“Senior Freeze”) Program, the benefit amount will be the difference between your 2015 and 2016 property tax bills (assuming that your 2016 bill was higher). The application deadline to receive reimbursement for 2016 is June 1, 2017. Applications can be picked up from the LRRC at 212 2nd Street Suite 204 or accessed here: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/ptr/ptr1.pdf

Click here to download the LRRC Home Buyer's Handbook.

As of January 22, 2013 the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) adopted a new rule mandating Medicaid eligibility in order to receive services through DDD for adults age 21 and over.

Link for DDD Services: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/index.html

Here is the link to the DDD Intake regulations NJAC 10:46:

http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/documents/ddd%20web%20current/CIRCULARS/DC3_2013.pdf

Individuals who are currently DDD eligible have up to 60 days (by March 22, 2013) to become Medicaid eligible or services may be discontinued (under certain extenuating circumstances, individuals may be permitted an additional 30 days, giving them until April 22, 2013). Individuals using a private insurance carrier as their primary means of health insurance can remain with that carrier, but they will also need to become Medicaid eligible to continue receiving services through DDD.