Department of Family Services

Robert Martinovich

Director, Department of Family Services

Phone: 201-420-3000 

The mission of the Department of Family Services (DFS) is to provide and deliver services to the Hudson County Community at large. These services are economic assistance, health coverage through Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), Emergency Assistance (EA), and Temporary Rental Assistance (TRA).

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Divisions and Offices

County Welfare Agency

The County Welfare Agency provides intake and eligibility determination for economic assistance, paternity determination for Child Support, Home Health Care for seniors and the elderly, Social Services for all of its cases, as well as all emergency assistance.

Division of Workforce Development

The Division of Workforce Development is responsible for all case management activity and the development of an employability plan for all the mandatory to work clients receiving economic assistance. It develops individual service strategies to engage clients in work development activities which will lead to self-sufficiency.


  • TANF

– Workfirst NJ Temporary Assistance to Needy Families is a work program with a financial benefit. TANF provides cash assistance to eligible families. Payments are limited to a lifetime total of 60 months.

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  • SNAP

– Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps eligible recipients buy food using a debit card. Benefits are provided based on family size, income, expenses, and resources.

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  • Medicaid programs
  1. NJ Family Care is a Federal and State funded health insurance program created to help NJ residents receive health coverage. Children, pregnant women, parents/caretaker relatives, single adults and childless couples (64 years and younger), if financially qualified, are eligible to receive health coverage.
  2. Medicaid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled covers individuals who are 65 years or older as well as individuals determined to be blind or disabled.
  3. Medicaid in Community is for individuals who do not receive SSI, but have income and resources under the SSI standards. Gross income is equal or less than $764.25 or $1,125.36 for a couple. The current resource maximum for an individual is $2,000 and $3,000 for a couple.
  4. NJ Care is for individuals with gross monthly income that is equal or less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level of $990 per month for single or $1335 for a couple. The maximum resource for an individual is $4,000 and $6,000 for a couple.
  5. NJ Workability program offers full NJ Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid. You must be under the age of 65 years to be eligible for this program.
  6. MLTSS/Nursing Home Care are for individuals who need nursing home placement or home and community based services. An applicant must be clinically and financially eligible. Each of these eligibility processes is complex and must be evaluated according to the applicant’s individual circumstances.

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