Public Announcements

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

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:

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:

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

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.

LRRC OFFERS NEW SERVICE TO LAKEWOOD COMMUNITY RESIDENTS TO STREAMLINE SNAP RECERTIFICATION LRRC is pleased to announce a new service for low-income Lakewood families in need of SNAP (food-stamps) recertification. In collaboration with Ocean County Board of Social Services (OCBOSS), LRRC is implementing a streamlined document review and submission system to speed up the recertification processing time. If you are in the process of SNAP recertification, already had your telephone interview, and received your recertification packet from OCBOSS – you can bring your documents to LRRC for review every Wednesday between the hours of 1:30 – 3:30 PM. No appointment is necessary. Clients will be served on a first come basis. LRRC will submit the reviewed documents to OCBOSS on Friday. Please bring the entire packet you received by mail from OCBOSS, as well as all of the requested documents. Please make sure that the documents are current, and present them to the Case Manager in the order requested by OCBOSS letter. LRRC Case Manager will review your documents for accuracy and will inform you of any deficiencies. Case Manager will not be able to discuss your case at that time. If you need assistance with your case you can call us or make an appointment, as is presently done. This service will be provided on a weekly basis. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on our phone system. Please make sure to check the recording by calling our main number (732-942-9292), pressing 1 for Services, then 2 for SNAP, and following the prompts. Please be mindful of LRRC submission schedule as all recertification documents must be submitted to OCBOSS by the date stated in the OCBOSS letter. LRRC, in keeping with its mission, continues to consider options of enhancing its services to improve the quality of life of the community residents.