Help available for those in need at Hamilton Mall event

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – There will be an Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

The free event, which is presented by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County, and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office REAL Help Program, aims to connect people in need of assistance with programs and services that are available in Atlantic County.

The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office created the REAL Help program, which stands for Realty Experts Aligned to Help, in response to the increasing number of families that are in danger of losing their homes. 

John Emge, executive director of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic and Cape May counties, said events like the expo, and the United Way’s free and confidential 211 helpline, are two important ways the United Way is strengthening the social safety net so people have access to help in times of crisis.

Representatives from Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas Company, Ocean Inc., American Water Company, and others will be available to provide information and answer questions on local programs and process assistance applications. 

Applications for energy and other assistance programs will be available. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process: a lease, property tax or mortgage statement; proof of current income (last four pay stubs if paid weekly and last two if paid bi-weekly); award letters for Social Security Insurance (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA); Social Security cards for all household members; and a current gas, oil and electric bill.

For those with no income, an affidavit of non-income is required.

For information contact the United Way at 609-404-4483 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office at 609-909-7214.

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